The deadline is looming for the annual Hall Caine Prize for Creative Writing.
The prize, launched in September, is open to students aged 21 and under who are in full-time education in the island.
Gloria Rukeyser, who is a great granddaughter of Sir Hall Caine and lives at the novelist’s historic home, Greeba Castle, founded and sponsors the prize to foster the love of writing.
The theme for the 2013/2014 competition is heroes, and students are invited to pen a short story, a memoir or the opening chapter of a novel by the closing date on January 24.
Judges will look for strong characterisation, good narrative flow and, above all, imaginative story-telling.
The prize, this year in its fourth year, has four categories: Primary, in which entrants must write up to 500 words; Key Stage 3 – up to 1,000 words; Key Stage 4 – up to 1,500 words with prizes; Key Stage 5/Isle of Man College – up to 2,000 words.
There are cash prizes for the first to third places and 10 highly commended entrants in each category.
The 2012/13 competition, with theme journeys, attracted some 1,045 entries.
View the full rules at www.gov.im/HallCaine