Calling all Silver Scribblers

YOU may have heard of Silver Surfers but have you heard of Silver Scribblers?

This is a short story competition encouraging people over 60 to get writing that’s been launched by retirement developer McCarthy & Stone and the Forfar Dispatch exclusively for retirees across the local area!

We’re inviting anyone over 60 to put pen to paper and write a short story based on the theme of ‘home’.

This could include the home you live in, your home country, the place you call home, or the memories of your childhood home - the possibilities are endless.

The story should be no longer than 2,000 words and must be submitted to McCarthy & Stone by April 30.

All entries will be judged by editorial staff members at the Forfar Dispatch.

The criteria will include the originality of the story and its readability.

All entrants will be invited to attend an event at which the three shortlisted stories will be read out and the winner announced and the lucky winner will see their story published in the Forfar Dispatch.

They will also receive a £200 cash prize.

Suzanne McElhiney, sales and marketing director for McCarthy & Stone in Scotland, comments: “It is frequently said that everyone has a novel inside of them so if you’ve often thought you could give the great authors of our time a run for their money, why not put pen to paper now?

“Many people take up a new hobby or interest when they reach retirement and, with so much life experience behind you, there couldn’t be a better time to get writing.”

To enter, write your story and pop your entry into the show apartment complex at McCarthy & Stone’s Strathmore Court development at Kirkton Place in Forfar.

For further information and full terms and conditions visit Strathmore Court in Forfar or call the development on 01307 465 357, or write to Claire Dunlop, McCarthy & Stone Retirement Lifestyles Ltd, Unit 11000, Academy Park, Gower Street, Glasgow G51 1PR.

To find out more about McCarthy & Stone’s Strathmore Court development in Forfar visit the show apartment complex which is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30 am to 5 pm or log on to