It’s all write in Havering

BUDDING writers are invited to take part in a short story competition in the borough.

Entries for the Havering Council-run competition, which will become an annual event, must be 2,000 words or less, and the overall winner will receive �100, with a runner-up prize and special awards.

The theme of this year’s pilot competition is Havering and Heritage, and anyone aged between 12 and 60-years-old is welcome to enter.

Winners will also have their tales published as an e-book, available in local libraries.

Cllr Andrew Curtin, cabinet member for towns and communities, with special responsibility for culture, said: “This year we celebrate the anniversaries of writers as diverse as Lev Tolstoi, Anton Chekhov and Joyce Grenfell, so now is residents’ chance to write something serious or a comedy and enrich our culture by sharing it with us all.”

Those who live or work in the borough can enter.

The closing date for entries is Friday January 21 and winning entries will be read out by a storyteller at the prize giving event in 2011.

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Entry forms are available from Fairkytes Arts Centre, in Billet Lane, Hornchurch, and all Havering libraries.

For further information contact Katie Johnson on: 01708 433 776.