William Soutar Writing Prize 2016 Open for entries

April 27, 2016 by Perthshire Creates

Culture Perth & Kinross have pleasure in announcing that their annual writing competition is open for entries.

The William Soutar Writing Prize is an annual competition now in its fifteenth year and is a highly regarded competition, which alternates between poetry and short stories. The competition goes from strength to strength, attracting writers from across the globe as well as many local Perth and Kinross entrants.

This year entrants can submit short stories, in English or Scots, to compete for a first prize of a prestigious writing course. Previous winners have gone on to achieve further success with some having work published. All winning and shortlisted entries will be published in eBook format and available to borrow from the Culture Perth and Kinross eBook catalogue. 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.

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 award-winning Scottish writer, Alex Gray secured to read through all entries and select the winners.

Alex began writing professionally in 1992 and had immediate success with short stories, articles and commissions for BBC radio programmes. She has been awarded the Scottish Association of Writers’ Constable and Pitlochry trophies for her crime writing.  Alex is a regular on the Scottish bestseller lists, and also co-founder of the new Scottish crime writing festival, Bloody Scotland, which had its inaugural year in 2012.

The William Soutar Writing Prize is free to enter with the closing date for entries of Tuesday 7th June 2016.  Entry forms and competition rules are available from local libraries or can be downloaded from www.pkc.gov.uk/soutarprize2016.

More information about the competition and William Soutar can be found on the William Soutar Writing Prize 2016 Website.