Move over Bridget Jones, Adrian Mole, the Wimpy Kid and Samuel Pepys, the Tartan Treasures Competition 2015 is looking for prize-winning diary entries about a treasured Scottish memory.
The Tartan Treasures Competition is organised by Angus Council and is part of the annual Tartan Day Scotland Festival, which celebrates Scotland and the Scots and this year runs from April 3-12.
The competition is for non-published writers of all ages, with categories for under-16s and over-16s.
As the theme of this year’s competition is ‘Dear Diary…’, entries are to take the format of a page from a diary-real or fictional-recalling a place, a time, an occasion or a person with a connection to Scotland.
The word limits for entries are 200-400 words for the under-16 category and 400-800 words for the over-16 category.
The competition is now open and, following the February 20 closing date, a shortlist will be drawn up and considered by a panel of three judges, including the Provost of Angus, Councillor Helen Oswald.
Mrs Oswald said: “I am delighted to be judging this excellent writing competition. I judged the Tartan Treasures competitions in 2013 and 2014 and on both occasions, I was astounded by the high calibre of writing talent, of all ages.
“The ‘Dear Diary’ theme will enable the writers to share a favourite memory of Scotland – or let their imagination run riot!”
The Tartan Treasures short story competition in 2013 produced a wide selection of excellent tales from highly-talented local writers from school age upwards, as did last year’s poetry competition. The winners in each category will be announced at a special prize-giving ceremony during the Tartan Day Scotland Festival. The prize for the under 16 category will receive a Kindle Fire tablet, while that for the 16 and over category will receive a dinner, bed and breakfast voucher for Carnoustie Golf Hotel.
The winning diary entries will appear on the Tartan Day Scotland website and Facebook page. The closing date for entries to the Tartan Treasures Competition 2015 is Friday, February 2.
For more information, and to download an entry form, visit www.tartandayscotland.com/treasures or pick up a Tartan Treasures Competition leaflet at libraries, museums and ACCESS offices across Angus.