Calling on all budding authors

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

The Hartlepool Mail has teamed up with the Northumbrian Association to launch their 2011 writers’ competition, inviting budding authors of all ages to enter their best work.

Organisers and newspaper editors will be judging entries from three areas: Wearside and South Tyneside, Northumberland and North Tyneside, and Durham and Teesside.

Each entry will consist of 300 to 500 words of either poetry or prose and must be based on an iconic person, place or building from the 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 is now open and all entries must be received by Friday, July 8, with winners 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 is a strong history in shipbuilding, beautiful countryside and picturesque coastline as well as countless inspirational places.”

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