Writing competition coming to a close

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THERE is still time for creative writers to put pen to paper to celebrate what is great about where they live.

The Echo-backed annual Northumbrian Association writing competition invites writers of poetry or prose to get creative.

As part of the 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.

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

Submissions must be between 300 and 500 words long.

The closing date is July 31.

Emailed entries should include the writer’s name, category and contact address and sent to dbentley55@btinternet.com.