Calling all Bute’s aspiring authors!

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A REMINDER to all aspiring writers out there that the deadline for entries Bute’s first island-wide writing and poetry competition is at the end of this month.

The last date for entries to the competition, which has been initiated by local author Jenny Chaplin in memory of her late husband, Captain Jim Chaplin, is Thursday, March 31.

Jenny has put up prizes for all age groups in the competition, from P4 upwards - the only condition is that all the entries should be about Bute in some form, whether its geography, history, people or some other aspect of life on the island.

The writing competition is divided into age groups as follows: P4 and P5 (100 words, £50 voucher), P6 and P7 (250 words, £50 voucher), S1-S3 (500 words, £75), S4-S6 (750 words, £100) and adults (1000 words, £500).

The poetry competition is open to all ages, with prizes of £100, £75 and £50 to the best three entries.

Entry is £3 per submission for the S4-S6 and adult writing competitions and for the poetry contest, and free for all the younger age groups.

Full details and application forms are available from all the island’s schools, and also at The Card & Gift Shop in Victoria Street.

Once the closing date has passed the judging panel, including Jenny herself, The Buteman editor Craig Borland and past and present staff members at Rothesay Library, will pore over each entry and select the winners.

Jenny Chaplin’s work has been published in many newspapers and magazines over the years; she has also written five works of historical fiction, including the Candleriggs Trilogy.