Tell us Kelpie stories and win great prizes

Toddlers who already enjoy reading books
Toddlers who already enjoy reading books
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The hunt to find Falkirk’s top young writers is picking up pace.

The first entries in the Falkirk Herald competition – designed to encourage children to develop their writing skills – have started to arrive in our office.

Youngsters can write in any form they wish: prose, verse, in newspaper-style or even as a cartoon strip.

Their story can be an adventure, science-fiction, mythical, magical or a real-life tale.

The only thing which MUST be included is a reference to The Kelpies. The district’s latest iconic landmarks can feature as characters in the story or the Helix Park, where they are situated, provide a backdrop to where events take place, as long as Andy Scott’s sculptures get a mention.

Support has come from the Scottish Book Trust, which works with people throughout Scotland to promote the pleasures and benefits of reading and books.

There are some great prizes available, including books from the trust and a family meal at the Beancross restaurant, courtesy of Hannigan Hotels.

Winners will be announced during Book Week Scotland which runs from November 24-30.

Entries can be submitted through schools or by sending them to: Writing Competition, The Falkirk Herald, Unit 4A Gateway Business Park, Beancross Road, Grangemouth FK3 8WX. Don’t forget to include your name, school and primary class. Entry closes at noon on Monday, October 20.