The Peter May Fiction Prize

A brand new annual prize of £1,000 donated by internationally bestselling crime writer and Scottish author, Peter May. content

A brand new annual prize of £1,000 donated by internationally bestselling crime writer and Scottish author, Peter May.

Entry Process

Deadline 15th October 2021 - Entry Form below

  1. Entries are to be submitted with one of the following:
    • a short story (3000 - 5000 words)
    • the first chapters of a novel (3000 - 5000 words), accompanied by a short synopsis of the remaining story  
    • the first 25 pages of a stage or screen play, accompanied by a short synopsis of the remaining story 
  2. Open to all University of the Highlands and Islands students and 2021 graduates, regardless of the course they are studying.
  3. Submitted fiction may be in English, Scots or Gaelic. 

 Selection Process 

  • Entries will be made anonymous and a panel of judges, appointed internally by the university, will choose a shortlist of five.
  • Peter May will select the winner and any commendations. 
  • The winner will be presented with their prize in December 2021, with runners up being awarded letters of commendation. 

Born and brought up in Glasgow, Peter May started his career as a journalist before embarking on a fifteen-year stint in the television industry as a writer, creator, and producer. He created and wrote many prime-time drama serials, including Take the High Road and Machair, before returning to his first love and becoming a full-time novelist.

He has now published over 20 books, including standalone novels such as Entry Island, Runaway and Coffin Road and the internationally best-selling Lewis Trilogy, a crime series set in the Outer Hebrides. He visited the Outer Hebrides for the first time in his 40s and then lived there for five months a year, over six years, whilst producing Machair. Peter says: "the islands feel like they have been a part of my life since the day I was born.” He is also the creator of the China Thrillers series, the Enzo files, set in France where he has been living for many years.

Peter received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of the Highlands and Islands in 2019. 

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