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William Soutar Writing Prize 2014

Competition Details

This annual competition is now in its thirteenth year and alternates between poetry and short stories. The competition in 2014 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 two short stories only.


zoe strachan

This yearís judge is ZoŽ Strachan who is a Scottish writer.

She has written three novels, Negative Space (2002, Picador), Spin Cycle (2004, Picador) and Ever Fallen in Love (2011, Sandstone).

ZoŽ also writes short stories, libretti, plays, essays and journalism.

You can find out more on ZoŽ's website..

First Prize

An Arvon Writing course at Moniack Mhor (for which the normal fee would be approximately £700), or another of the UK Arvon Centres. The winner will be announced by Zoe Strachan at 12:30 on Writersí Day, Saturday 30th August 2014, at the AK Bell Library Perth. The day also features free workshops from Susi Maguire (Short Stories, 10:30) and Magi Gibson (Finding Your True Voice, also 10:30).

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 30th June 2014.
  • 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 must be submitted.
  • 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 Judgeís 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 entrantís 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

  • Shortlisted entries will be announced on the PKC Library website by 20th August, 2014.
  • The winner(s) will be notified a few days before the formal announcement on 30th August 2014.
  • 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 PKC Library website.
  • 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 30th August 2014.
  • 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 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 MourŤzeJean 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 Husseinís Overbite Speaks OutJosh Ekroy
3rd Prize (and Local Prize)
Joint winners:
ScenarioIrene Evans
What Part of NoÖ?Heather Reid
Wilfred Owenís 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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