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William Soutar Writers Prize Looks to Hear Highland Perthshire’s Lockdown Insights

Culture Perth is calling for Highland Perthshire’s creatives to get involved in this years William Soutar witting prize with short clips of themselves.

The competition is looking for poems, short stories and spoken performance to be sent in through video clips that are no longer than 90 seconds.

Culture Perth’s reader development officer Jan Hay said ‘The power of Spoken Word comes from writing about what matters to you and expressing those thoughts and feelings in your voice.

“We all have a unique perspective and view of the world and never has it been a more important time to write, listen and share our stories.”

The theme of this years competition is ‘lockdown insights’, reflecting on the feelings running through the community of isolation as a shared experience.

In particular, Culture Perth is looking to hear what people have learned throughout the lockdown, as they put it ‘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.’

There are two categories for this years competition, one is for the under 17’s who can win a hamper of books and stationary stationery ‘to support them develop their creative writing skills.’

Then the second category is the over 18’s who can win a retreat to the Moniack Mhor, ‘Scotland’s national creative writing centre based in the beautiful Scottish Highlands providing a creative and inspiring environment where you will have space and time to become fully immersed yourself in writing.’

While entrants won’t be judged on the production of their video, not camera quality or direction, but the content of their piece, emphasising that no professional equipment is needed to enter.

Jan Hay adds: “We all have a unique perspective and view of the world and never has it been a more important time to write, listen and share our stories. We hope that people will have some fun recording their piece and we are looking forward to receiving entries from young and old alike'”

The competition closes on Friday 13 November and more details on the rules and how to enter can be found on the culture Perth website.

Follow this link for more: https://www.culturepk.org.uk/libraries/the-2020-william-soutar-writing-prize/

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