English - I'd like a word, please
Secondary pupils in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire are invited to let their creative juices flow and write a short story for the Word Festival, which runs from May 15-17.
Word - the University of Aberdeen Writers Festival and Aberdeen Storytelling Theatre Festival - is running a creative writing competition called, What's the Story?
With 2009 the year of Homecoming, when Scotland is showcasing itself to the wider world, the theme is "On Display", but entrants are free to explore the idea in any direction they choose.
The organisers admit "On Display" might suggest "no hiding place, a good example, an exposed shame or your heart on your sleeve, as well as the pride of nations". The winning stories will be selected by a panel of judges and published by Wordfirsts - the only publisher in Scotland dedicated to publishing the work of young people. Extracts from winning stories will appear in The TESS.
Entrants and their families will attend a special award ceremony at this year's festival, when more than 40 authors, thinkers and commentators from around the world will come to Aberdeen for a three-day celebration of the written word. In addition, there will be a creative writing workshop with author James Jauncey on May 16.