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Perth PH2 8EP
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This is an annual competition held in honour of Perth’s greatest poet. Now in its twelfth year, it attracts writers from across the globe, as far afield as India and South Africa. It alternates between poetry and short stories; for 2013, poems may be entered. Previous winners of this prestigious competition have gone on to enjoy further success including having their work published. Entry is free and open to anyone in the world over the age of 16, but individuals are limited to two poems.
This year’s judge is Brian Johnstone who is a Scottish poet. His work has appeared throughout Scotland, the UK, in America and in various European countries.
He has published five collections to date, his latest being The Book of Belongings (Arc, 2009), and his poems have been translated into more than 10 different languages.
Brian is a founder and former Festival Director of StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival, and he has appeared at numerous international poetry festivals.
An Arvon Writing course at Moniack Mhor (for which the normal fee would be approximately £600), or another of the UK Arvon Centres. The winner will be announced on Writers’ Day, Saturday 31st August 2013, at the AK Bell Library Perth.
£100 Book Tokens.
A local prize of £50 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 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 Hussein’s Overbite Speaks Out||Josh Ekroy|
|3rd Prize (and Local Prize)|
|What Part of No…?||Heather Reid|
|Wilfred Owen’s 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|
Membership of FoWSS is free, and you have the opportunity to organise or participate in projects designed to promote Soutar and his works. In addition, members receive an annual newsletter, notification of all FoWSS events and publications, and are invited to an annual Soutar Tea held at the Soutar House. Please use the Contact page if you would like to find out more about FoWSS.