Final call for budding authors

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Make a note in your diary – the February 20 closing date for the Tartan Treasures writing competition is only a week away.

The Tartan Treasures Competition 2015 is part of the Tartan Day Scotland Festival and 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.

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

“Writing competitions help an aspiring writer enhance their skills,” said Chris, who has written several best-selling books. “I know from personal experience that the competitive element encourages writers to produce their best writing.”

The diary entries written by the six finalists in the Tartan Treasures competition will be published in the local Angus weekly newspapers, providing budding writers with the opportunity to see their words in print.

The winning entry from each category will be announced at a special prize-giving ceremony at Brechin Town House Museum during the Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which runs from April 3 to 12. 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.

To download an entry form, visit or pick up a Tartan Treasures leaflet at libraries, museums and ACCESS offices across Angus.