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William Soutar Writing Prize 2016

Competition Details

This annual competition is now in its fifteenth year and alternates between poetry and short stories. The competition in 2016 requires short stories to be entered. Entry is free and open to anyone in the world over the age of 16, but individuals are limited to entering two short stories only. Please note that the competition is organised by the Library Service of Culture Perth and Kinross, and that all queries should be directed to: Library Services.


alex gray

This year’s judge is Alex Gray who is a Scottish crime writer.

She has published eleven novels, all set around Glasgow and featuring the character of Detective Chief Inspector Lorimer and his psychological profiler Solomon Brightman, the earlier novels being published by Canongate and later books by Little Brown. She has also written several magazine articles.

You can find out more on Alex's Wikipedia profile.

First Prize

An Arvon Writing course at Moniack Mhor or another of the UK Arvon Centres. The winner will be announced on Writers’ Day, Saturday 27th August 2016, at the AK Bell Library Perth.

Second Prize

£100 Book Token.

Local Prize

A local prize of 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 Tuesday 7th June 2016.
  • All entrants must be 16 years of age or over.
  • Stories must not exceed 2,000 words.
  • A maximum of two stories may be submitted.
  • All entries must be typed or word processed, on one side of the paper only.
  • Two copies of each short story 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.
  • Stories must not have been previously published.
  • 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 stories 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 Perth & Kinross 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 winners will be announced at a ceremony on Saturday 27th August 2016. Shortlisted entrants will be contacted. Unsuccessful entrants will not be individually notified. The winning names will be posted on PKC Library website following the official announcement on 27th August, 2016.

If a local entrant wins one of the main prizes, they will not also be eligible for the local prize.

The writers of the winning stories grant Perth and Kinross Libraries and Information Services the right to use the stories in publicity material for one year from 27th August 2016. Winning stories will be included in a Perth and Kinross Library e-book.

The copyright of each story 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 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
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
HardwareSarah Isaac
PineconesVicky Mackenzie
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
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
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
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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