Tartan Treasure competition deadline nears

Budding Angus writers are reminded that February 20 is the closing date for the Tartan Treasures writing competition.

The Tartan Treasures Competition 2015 is part of the Tartan Day Scotland Festival - which celebrates all aspects of Scotland - 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 to 400 words for the under-16 category and 400 to 800 words for over-16s.

Organisers have revealed that 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 countries thousands of miles away, including India and Indonesia.

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

Chris said: “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. Never be satisfied with good enough or second best.”

The diary entries written by the six finalists will be published in the Angus weekly newspapers, and the Tartan Day Scotland website and Facebook page. 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 under-16 category winner 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.