The 2012 Soutar Prize was launched on 17th March at the North Inch Community Campus. This year’s competition is short-story based, max. 2,000 words, in English or Scots, and will be judged by Billy Kay. Prizes include an Arvon Writing Course (equivalent to £600); runners-up book tokens of £100, and a £50 book token for the best local writer. Closing date for entries is Monday, 12th June, and the winner will be announced at a Writers’ Day on Saturday, 25th august.