What can you write about the Kelpies?

Youngsters get over the message about the importance of books
Youngsters get over the message about the importance of books

Children of all ages are being encouraged to let their 
imagination run riot and enter a great new writing contest.

Organised by The Falkirk Herald, the Young Writers Competition aims to encourage youngsters to develop their reading and writing skills.

It is open to all children from primary one to fourth year in secondary school.

There will be winners in every age group, as well as an overall Young Writer of the Year award.

Colin Hume, Falkirk Herald editor, said: “Writing is an important ability which we hope to nurture and what better way to do it than to encourage youngsters to use their skills in a creative way.”

To take part in the competition youngsters can write in any form they wish, prose, poetry, a newspaper report or even 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.

The Scottish Book Trust, which works throughout the country promoting the pleasures and benefits of reading and books, is supporting the competition.

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

The closing date for entries is noon on Monday, October 20.

Winners will be announced on November 27 which is during Book Week Scotland.