The William Soutar Writing Prize is run by Perth and Kinross libraries. Now in its fourteenth year, this annual competition alternates between poetry and short stories. The competition in 2015 is for poems. Entry to this Scottish-based competition is free, and open to anyone in the world over the age of 16yrs. Individuals are limited to two poems only. Entries may be in English or Scots. First prize is an Arvon Writing Course. Second Prize: £100 Book Token. Local Prize:£50 Book Token to be awarded for the best work from a resident of Perth and Kinross in Scotland. Deadline: 23 June 2015. More details and full rules here: http://www.pkc.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=29920&p=0 (I am having trouble with this link, which seems to change to a more generic council website link as I paste it in. The best thing seems to be to click on the link, and then, if the Prize doesn’t show up, do a search on the website.)
…for an anthology called ‘Scotland’s Stories of Home’, to be available as a free e-publication during Book Week Scotland 2014. Real-life stories and poems of no longer than 1,000 words, in any form, including story, poem, song lyric, a short play or sketch, a letter or diary entry. People of all ages are invited to contribute. http://scottishbooktrust.com/reading/stories-of-home. Submissions online; deadline 30 June 2014.