12th July 1996 at 01:00
CONSORTIUM NATIONAL ART COMPETITION Registered students in UK schools, colleges and universities are invited to submit two-dimensional artwork on any subject - including project work - by December 1. An awards presentation will be held in spring 1997. For details and to enter an establishment telephone 01225 771360, or e-mail: WRITE NOW

Liverpool's Everyman Theatre and Whitbread in the Community are inviting local young playwrights aged 14-20 to write a short play and submit it by October 11. Willy Russell is one of the judges. To help the creative process, a series of summer workshops on how to develop and test ideas, improvise and act will be led by well-known professional writers and creative writing teachers. The initiative culminates in a New Writing Festival in November when some of the plays will be performed and playwrights will have the chance to appear alongside professional actors. Details: Catherine Williams, 0151 708 0338.

TLSPOEMS ON THE UNDERGROUND POETRY COMPETITION New and established poets are invited to submit original, unpublished poems (15 lines maximum) on any aspect of urban life, by July 30. First prize is Pounds 1,000 with two second prizes of Pounds 500.

All three prizewinning poems will be displayed on London Underground trains in November 1996, and published in The Times Literary Supplement and the anniversary edition of Poems on the Underground (Cassell). For entry forms send SAE to: Poetry Competition, TLS, Admiral House, 66-68 East Smithfield, London E1 9XY.

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