Young writers in Dumfries and Galloway are being challenged to write a scary ghost story.
The free competition is part of the third annual Kirkcudbright Book Week, which runs from 4 to 10 March 2024, and is being organised by the Kirkcudbright Book Week Society and Dumfries and Galloway Council through Kirkcudbright Library, in Daar Road.
The competition will be launched on 31 October 2023 at the Halloween Spooktacular Event at Kirkcudbright Library
The organisers are seeking stories that are inspired by everything from things that go bump in the night to spectral figures glimpsed in the fog or real places that are rumoured to be haunted. The categories are:
9-10-years-old 500 words top limit
11-12-years-old 500 words top limit
13-15-years-old 650 words top limit
There are book prizes for the winners, who will be announced at an event held at 7pm at the library on Thursday March 7, bringing a close to events organised by the library and Kirkcudbright Book Week Society for young writers and readers to mark World Book Day.
The judges are Lesley Garbutt of Kirkcudbright Library and author and Kirkcudbright Book Week Society committee member John Dean.
The closing date is January 20, 2024.
Entries should be emailed in word format to [email protected]