Budding authors get a chance to win

COULD you be the next big writer from the North East?

The Northumberland Gazette has teamed up with the Northumbrian Association to launch their 2011 writer’s competition, inviting budding authors of all ages to enter their best work.

Organisers and a representative of the Northumberland Gazette will be judging entries from three areas: Wearside and South Tyneside, Northumberland and North Tyneside, and Durham and Teeside.

Each entry will consist of 300-500 words of either poetry or prose and must be based on an iconic person, place or building from the author’s area.

Two winners will be picked - one 16 and under, and one over the age of 16. The best entry from these two will be crowned the overall winner for their region.

Each area champion will win an iPad and the runner up will receive either vouchers or a cash prize.

The competition opens today and winners will be notified in September. They will be presented with their prizes at an awards night in October.

John Danby of the Northumbrian Association said: “It is a great project to make both young and old people aware of the rich heritage we have in our region.

“There are famous monasteries, fantastic countryside, a strong history in shipbuilding, railways and Hadrian’s Wall among countless other inspirational places.

“Local councils are happy to be involved in such a competition because not everywhere in the country could do it.”

Email entries to john.danby@btopenworld.com or dbentley55@btinternet.com