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William Soutar Writing Prize 2020

Culture Perth and Kinross would like to invite individuals to take part in their prestigious writing competition ‘The William Soutar Writing Prize’ in 2020. This highly regarded writing competition attracts writers from across the globe to take part, as well as many local Perth and Kinross entrants.

This recent period of lockdown has left many feeling isolated. But we are not alone; we are collectively sharing a unique experience. The competition seeks to encourage entrants to write and perform creatively as a way to connect and share experiences. Culture Perth and Kinross would like to hear about the insights individuals had during lockdown, from realising a pet prefers an empty house in the daytime to the company of its owners, to an appreciation of kindness and getting to know the local community; Culture Perth and Kinross would like to hear what entrants experienced and learned during the lockdown.

Those who wish to take part should send us a short spoken-word video recording of no more than 90 seconds. The recorded piece can be poetry, story, or spoken performance, and should be written and performed by the competition entrant. Entries should be in English or Scots language. All video entries should be accompanied by a written transcript of the performance and completed entry form.

All submitted entries will be uploaded to Culture Perth and Kinross YouTube channel and we will invite members of the public to view and vote on which videos will be shortlisted for the judges. The competition always secures a high calibre of judge and this year is no exception with Asif Khan, Director at the Scottish Poetry Library, being secured to assess this year’s shortlisted entries and select a winner.

The Writing Prize this year will be open to two age groups, 17 and under and over 18’s, with a single winner in each category.

The William Soutar Writing Prize is free to enter and the closing date for entries is Friday 13th of November 2020.

For further information, entry forms, and competition rules see the website link below. Please note, the Friends of William Soutar Society is NOT involved in running the competition.

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William Soutar Writing Prize 2018

Prize Winners

Announced as part of the Soutar Festival of Words at the AK Bell Library on Friday 26th April 2019, where competition judge Samuel Tongue presented the prizes.

1st Prize
AMatt Bryden
matt bryden
2nd Prize
BJulia Webb
Local Prize
CRoderick Manson
Highly Commended
DIan Garbutt
EMaria Isakova Bennett
FSheila Templeton
GSylvia Anne Telfer
Commended
HCarolyn Gillespie
ILauren Pope
JRuth Aylett

All of the above poems will be available as an E-book through CPK libraries to read later this year. A special thanks to Aberdein Considine and the Gaelic Book Council for supporting the competition this year.


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
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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