SCHOOLGIRL Bridie Cahill is encouraging other writers to take part in a competition for budding wordsmiths.
The nine-year-old is one of the dozens of entrants in the Hartlepool Mail-backed Northumbrian Association’s 2011 writers’ competition.
Organisers have extended the deadline until July 31 to give writers a chance to use some of their summer holiday time to work on entries.
Bridie, a pupil at Seascape Primary School, in Peterlee, said: “I think the competition is a very good idea as it gives people a chance to show other people how good their home area is to live in and to persuade others to move to that area.
“I think other people should enter because it gives others the chance to realise other areas they haven’t been in before.”
Bridie, who lives with dad Michael, 37, mum Kelly, 30, brother Michael, seven, and sister Casey, two, entered the competition after being encouraged by her school.
She said: “I do lots of writing at home and at school. I write stories as well as poems. My favourite story I have written would probably be my version of Little Red Riding Hood.
“At school we do lots of writing such as reports, persuasive texts and creative stories. I like writing because it is very interesting and it lets me use my imagination.”
Each entry must be 300 to 500 words of either poetry or prose and must be based on an iconic person, place or building from the author’s area.
Entries will be judged from three areas – Wearside and South Tyneside, Northumberland and North Tyneside, and Durham and Teesside. There are two categories one under-16 and the other over-16.
The best entry from two categories 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.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org