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This is an annual competition held in honour of Perthís greatest poet. Now in its fourteenth year, it attracts writers from across the globe, as well as many local Perth and Kinross entrants.
This year entrants can submit poems, in English or Scots, to compete for a first prize of a prestigious Arvon writing course. Previous winners have gone on to achieve further success with some having work published. All winning and a selection of commended and highly commended entries will be published in eBook format and available to borrow from the Libraries and Information Services eBook catalogue. A selection of entries for the previous years' competition are available in this format and can be accessed by registering with the library's eBook service.
The competition has always secured a high calibre of judge, with previous slots filled by poet and former Festival Director of StAnza Brian Johnstone, and well-known writer and broadcaster Billy Kay. This year is no exception with Scottish poet John Glenday secured to read through all entries and select the winner.
John has written three collections of poetry, The Apple Ghost, Undark and Grain. The Apple Ghost won him a Scottish Arts Council Book Award and the other two were Poetry Book Society Recommendations. His fourth collection is due for publication in 2015.
The winner will be announced on Writer's Day, Saturday 29th August 2015, at the AK Bell Library. The programme will include a variety of creative writing workshops as well as the presentation of prizes. Further details and a full programme will be available nearer the time.
A writing course at a UK Arvon Centre. The winner will be announced at an event to be held at the AK Bell Library in Perth on Saturday 29th August 2015.
£100 Book Token.
A £50 book token will also be awarded for the best work from a resident of Perth and Kinross.
Failure to comply with the above rules will result in disqualification from the competition.
You may download the entry form in either Word or pdf format by clicking the appropriate icon.
Announced as part of the Writersí Day Programme at the AK Bell Library on Saturday 30th August, where competition judge Zoe Strachan presented the prizes.
|Birds Donít Sing in the Dark||DRD Bruton|
|Treading Water||Catherine Turnbull|
|Making Jam for Circus Folk||Fiona Thackeray|
|A Bakerís Son||LM Morgan|
|A Game of Shells||Alison Gray|
|An Understanding||Tracy Fells|
|I didnít know till later, |
that it didnít have to mean anything
|Lone Wolf||Tracy Fells|
|Salt Stories||DRD 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.
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.
|Land Girls||Nikki Magennis|
|Sin Eater||Lynn Myint-Maung|
|Trick Performed on Smeaton's Bridge||Heather Reid|
|Miracles of Light||Polly Atkin|
|The Sun Bathers||Roy Marshall|
|Dust to Dust||Helen Addy|
|Le Chaos de MourŤze||Jean Atkin|
|Leukin to Sea||John Brewster|
|The Waff||Ian Hunter|
|Spinning with Gravity||Nikki Magennis|
|Bearing South||Susan Mansfield|
Announced at the Writers' Day on 25th August 2012:
|Tea at the Ritz||Diane Chorley|
|When Mozart steyed the nicht in Methil||John Brewster|
|Fox's Cabin||Joanne Bales|
|Outlawed||Robin H. Rodger|
|Annie's Tale||Elizabeth M. Taylor|
|Bonny Peggy Alison||Mary Johnston|
|Thon muckle bonnet||Elizabeth M. Taylor|
Announced at the Writers' Day on 26th March 2011:
|am aa din||John Brewster|
|Saddam Husseinís Overbite Speaks Out||Josh Ekroy|
|3rd Prize (and Local Prize)|
|What Part of NoÖ?||Heather Reid|
|Wilfred Owenís Last Letter||Roy Marshall|
|In Bed He Smells Like a Butcher||Heather Reid|
|East Neuk Storm||Vicky Paine|
|Mouche Volante||Sharon Black|
|Mad person in your temple||Deborah Trayhurn|
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