Tartan Treasures writing competition deadline approaches

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The February 20 closing date for budding writers to enter this year’s Tartan Treasures writing competition is only days away.

Part of the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which celebrates all aspects of Scotland, entrants have been asked to write a real or imaginary diary entry recalling a place, a time, an occasion or a person with a Scottish connection.

This annual competition is for non-published writers of all ages, with entries limited to 200-400 words for the under-16 category and 400-800 words for the over-16 category.

The competition is proving as popular as ever, with entries submitted from across Scotland, as well as a high number of entries from England and a few from abroad, including India and Indonesia.

Judging will begin immediately after February 20, when the three judges will be Angus Provost Councillor Helen Oswald; Norman Atkinson, local historian and chair of Arbroath 2020 Group and prize-winning author Chris Longmuir.

Chris revealed that she will be looking for entries which are a pleasure to read, as well as being well-written with good use of grammar and spelling.

She said: “Writing is partly inspiration, partly craft and mostly editing and revision. My advice to writers planning to enter this competition is to consider your first attempt as a first draft which you need to edit and polish to make it as good as it can be.”

The six finalists’ entries will be published in the local Angus weekly newspapers, providing writers with the opportunity to see their words in print.

The winning entry from each category will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony at Brechin Town House Museum during the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which runs from April 3-12 April. The winner of the under-16 category will be presented with a Kindle Fire tablet, while the winner of over-16 category will receive a dinner, bed and breakfast voucher for Carnoustie Golf Hotel. Further information, and entry forms, are available from www.tartandayscotland.com/treasures, libraries, museums and ACCESS offices.