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William Soutar Writing Prize 2018

Competition Details

This annual competition is now in its sixteenth year and alternates between poetry and short stories. The competition in 2018 requires poetry to be entered.

Entry is free and open to anyone in the world over the age of 16 years. Individuals are limited to entering two poems only.

Judge

samuel tongue

Samuel Tongue is poetry editor at the Glasgow Review of Books, 'Clydebuilt Plus' development lead for St Mungo's Mirrorball (Glasgow's network of poets), and lecture in Religion, Literature and Culture (with a specialism in ‘blasphemy’!) at the University of Glasgow.

He has regularly appeared at poetry events in Scotland, including the StAnza Festival.




First Prize

A writing course at the Moniack Mhor Creative Writing Centre or a UK Arvon Writing Centre. The winner will be announced at an event to be held at the AK Bell Library in Perth on Friday 26th April 2019.

Second Prize

£100 Book Token.

Local Prize

A £50 book token will be awarded for the best work from a resident of Perth and Kinross.

Competition Rules

  • The deadline for all entries is Friday 1st February 2019.
  • All entrants must be 16 years of age or over.
  • Poems must not exceed 40 lines.
  • A maximum of two poems may be submitted.
  • All entries must be typed or word processed, on one side of the paper only.
  • Two copies of each poem submitted must be provided.
  • Entries may be in English or Scots.
  • The competition is open to anyone throughout and outside the United Kingdom.
  • All entries are judged anonymously and the name of the writer must not appear on the manuscript.
  • Poems must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before 1st February 2019.
  • Competition entries cannot be returned - please do not include a pre-paid envelope.
  • The Judge’s decision is final and no correspondence can be entered into.
  • Alterations cannot be made to poems once they have been submitted.
  • Entries must be accompanied by an entry form (download below).
  • There is no entry fee for this competition.
  • Local entries (writers living in Perthshire at time of entry) can also be additionally entered for the local Soutar prize. Please tick the box on the entry form if this applies.
  • It is the entrant’s responsibility to ensure that the above rules are adhered to.

Failure to comply with the above rules will result in disqualification from the competition.

Additional Notes

  • The winner(s) will be announced at a ceremony on Friday 26th April 2019.
  • Shortlisted entrants will be contacted beforehand.
  • Unsuccessful entrants will not be individually notified.
  • If a local entrant wins one of the main prizes, they will not also be eligible for the local prize.
  • The winning names will be posted on the CPK website following the official announcement on Friday 26th April 2019.
  • The writers of the winning stories grant Culture Perth and Kinross the right to use the poems in publicity material for one year from Friday 26th April 2019, and to include them in a CPK e-book.
  • The copyright of each poem remains with the author.

Entry Forms

word   pdf

You may download the entry form in either Word or pdf format by clicking the appropriate icon.

William Soutar Writing Prize 2016

Prize Winners

Announced as part of the Writers’ Day Programme at the AK Bell Library on Saturday 27th August, where competition judge Alex Gray and Culture Perth and Kinross Board member, Councillor Bob Band, presented the prizes.

1st Prize
DeliveryAlistair Lawrie
alistair lawrie
2nd Prize
Madeira CakeLinda Menzies
Local Prize
SouterrainSarah Isaac
Highly Commended
BreathlessD R D Bruton
The Tree Surgeon's TaleLorna Dixon
FatherSarah McLean
SolsticeHeather F Reid
Commended
The HuntRachel Boak
It's Almost TimeRoddie McKenzie
A Soldier's SideSarah McLean
Please Do Not Touch the GroundGrace McLennan
In the Mists of TimeAnne Orchardson
A New LifeAbigail Shepherd
Where Detective Inspectors Go On HolidayFiona Thackeray

Winning entries, as well as a selection of the highly commended, commended and shortlisted stories will be published in ebook format, which will be available through the ebook section of the library webpage.


William Soutar Writing Prize 2015

Prize Winners

Announced as part of the Writers’ Day Programme at the AK Bell Library on Saturday 29th August, where competition judge John Glenday and Provost Liz Grant presented the prizes.

1st Prize
BulbsDeborah Benson
deborah benson
2nd Prize
This YearMiranda Harris
Local Prize
Jamie at the PianoJennie Turnbull
Highly Commended
Santa Croce, FirenzeFran Baillie
Fishing PoolsAlison Grant
An OvertakingJoan Johnston
In the BlackhouseJon Plunkett
IrisElizabeth Rimmer
Commended
PloughingDeborah Benson
CallSarah Marina Blake
In the Course of ConversationIrene Evans
SwimmingAlison Grant
The Painter and his SonStephanie Green
It’s said there are a thousand
stars for every grain of sand
Pippa Little
The Estuary 1914Jim Mackintosh
The Milesian Philosopher’s TombRoderick Manson
Visiting PeploeJohn C Robertson
Nae Hero HimJim Waite

Winning entries, as well as a selection of the highly commended, commended and shortlisted stories will be published in ebook format, which will be available through the ebook section of the library webpage.


William Soutar Writing Prize 2014

Prize Winners

Announced as part of the Writers’ Day Programme at the AK Bell Library on Saturday 30th August, where competition judge Zoe Strachan presented the prizes.

1st Prize
Birds Don’t Sing in the DarkDRD Bruton
douglas bruton
2nd Prize
Treading WaterCatherine Turnbull
Local Prize
Making Jam for Circus FolkFiona Thackeray
Highly Commended
A Baker’s SonLM Morgan
Commended
HardwareSarah Isaac
PineconesVicky Mackenzie
Shortlisted
A Game of ShellsAlison Gray
An UnderstandingTracy Fells
I didn’t know till later,
that it didn’t have to mean anything
Laura Tansley
Lone WolfTracy Fells
Salt StoriesDRD Bruton

Winning entries, as well as a selection of the highly commended, commended and shortlisted stories will be published in ebook format, which will be available through the ebook section of the library webpage.


William Soutar Writing Prize 2013

Prize Winners

Announced at the Writers’ Day on 31st August 2013, where competition judge Brian Johnstone and Provost of Perth and Kinross Council Liz Grant presented the prizes.

1st Prize
Land GirlsNikki Magennis
nikki magennis
2nd Prize
Sin EaterLynn Myint-Maung
Local Prize
Trick Performed on Smeaton’s BridgeHeather Reid
Highly Commended
Miracles of LightPolly Atkin
LandnamLindsay MacGregor
ChristopherElizabeth Rimmer
The Sun BathersRoy Marshall
Commended
Dust to DustHelen Addy
Le Chaos de MourèzeJean Atkin
QuercusRosemary Badcoe
Leukin to SeaJohn Brewster
The WaffIan Hunter
Spinning with GravityNikki Magennis
Bearing SouthSusan Mansfield

William Soutar Writing Prize 2012

Prize Winners

Announced at the Writers’ Day on 25th August 2012:

1st Prize
Tea at the RitzDiane Chorley
di chorley
2nd Prize
When Mozart steyed the nicht in MethilJohn Brewster
Local Prize
Fox’s CabinJoanne Bales
Commended
OutlawedRobin H. Rodger
SurgeryJ.K. Fox
Annie’s TaleElizabeth M. Taylor
Bonny Peggy AlisonMary Johnston
Thon muckle bonnetElizabeth M. Taylor

William Soutar Writing Prize 2011

Prize Winners

Announced at the Writers’ Day on 26th March 2011:

1st Prize
am aa dinJohn Brewster
john brewster
2nd Prize
Saddam Hussein’s Overbite Speaks OutJosh Ekroy
3rd Prize (and Local Prize)
Joint winners:
ScenarioIrene Evans
What Part of No…?Heather Reid
Commended
Wilfred Owen’s Last LetterRoy Marshall
In Bed He Smells Like a Butcher Heather Reid
East Neuk StormVicky Paine
Mouche VolanteSharon Black
Mad person in your templeDeborah Trayhurn

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