Wil­liam Soutar com­pe­ti­tion un­der­way again

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An an­nual writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion in Perth is un­der­way once again.

The Wil­liam Soutar Writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion has opened for en­tries, in­clud­ing an adult and a chil­dren’s cat­e­gory.

Both cat­e­gories will this year also be ac­cept­ing en­tries in Gaelic.

The com­pe­ti­tion, al­though run by Cul­ture Perth and Kin­ross and named af­ter a lo­cal poet, is open to adults from all over the world.

Sa­muel Tongue, one of the judges of the adult cat­e­gory, said he is ex­cited about this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

He said: “There’s al­ways a lot of talk about what makes a ‘prize winning poem’: sub­ject mat­ter, form, tech­ni­cal skill, and so on.

“All of these mat­ter but there has to be a heart­beat in there too, a lifeblood an­i­mat­ing the whole.

“And there has to be a need for the poem - the ‘why’ as well as the ‘what’. Why did this par­tic­u­lar poem sug­gest it­self in this par­tic­u­lar way?

“I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to read­ing the po­ems that needed to be writ­ten.”

And a spokesper­son for Cul­ture Perth and Kin­ross said ev­ery­one in the team is just as ex­cited as Sa­muel Tongue is to see the “cre­ativ­ity and heart” in each en­try to the Wil­liam Soutar writ­ing com­pe­ti­tion,

The short­listed en­tries will form part of Cul­ture Perth and Kin­ross’ li­brary e-books, which can be ac­cessed by res­i­dents across the re­gion.

It is free to en­ter and the clos­ing date for the com­pe­ti­tion is Fri­day, Fe­bru­ary 1.

The first placed win­ner will re­ceive a creative writ­ing course at Mo­ni­ack Mhor for adults, and the chil­dren’s first place prize is an iPad.

En­try forms and com­pe­ti­tion rules are avail­able from li­braries across the re­gion, or from www.cul­turepk.org. uk/whats-on/soutar-writ­ing-prize/

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