Time running out for young writers

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TIME is running out for creative Wearsiders to put pen to paper to celebrate what is great about Sunderland.

Writers have until midnight tonight to enter the Echo-backed annual Northumbrian Association writing competition.

Entrants can submit either poetry or prose inspired by an iconic person, place or building from the area they live.

The aim is to boost pride in the region and inspire others who are less familiar with it.

Echo editor Rob Lawson said: “Last year, we had more than 500 entries in the competition.

“The judges were blown away by the strength of writing talent out there.

“We hope that this year’s competition will attract even more writers who want to share their stories and thoughts on what Wearside has to offer.”

Dawn Bentley, from the association, added: “The quality of work last year was outstanding. Pieces of writing from every genre were submitted which showed a depth of knowledge and skill.”

The competition is split into two categories – 11 to 16 years old and 17 years old upwards – and into areas – Wearside and South Tyneside, Northumberland and North Tyneside and Durham and Teesside.

Submissions must be 300 to 500 words long.

Entries should be marked with the writer’s name, category and contact address and emailed to dbentley55@btinternet.com.