Highlight the beauty of the coast through written word contest

A writing competition has been launched, as part of the Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership's 60th anniversary celebrations.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 3:43 pm
Holy Island causeway by Ben Wayman, winner of the Northumberland Coast AONB photographic competition.

The contest aims to encourage people to reflect on and write about the Northumberland coast. Stories which consider local people and places are encouraged.

The competition is open to three age categories: 7-11 years (500 words maximum), 12-16 years, and adults (both 1,000 words maximum).

Entries can be short stories, poems or verse, as long as they meet the terms of entry.

The application form can be downloaded from www.northumberlandcoastaonb.orgEntries must be submitted using the form and emailed to info@northumberlandcoastaonb.com or posted to Northumberland Coast AONB Partnership, County Hall, Morpeth, NE61 2EF. No more than one entry may be submitted per person and winners will be notified by email no later than September 30.

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The winning entries will be published on the Northumberland Coast AONB website and used in other displays.

Three renowned authors and poets have been lined up to judge the competition. Dan Smith is an award-winning, Newcastle-based author of adventure stories for younger readers and thrillers for adults; Dr Tony Williams is Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Northumbria University, who writes poetry and prose fiction; and Richie McCaffery is an award-winning poet, with a PhD in Scottish Literature from Glasgow University. He is originally from Warkworth.

The Partnership has been awarded a grant of nearly £900 from The Pen and Palette Club to help stage further events.

The finale will be in the autumn, with a concert featuring song, music and drama celebrating the cultural heritage of the Northumberland Coast.

There will be an award ceremony and prize giving for the written word competition winners and a performance of the winning entries.