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FIONA Angwin is an author and storyteller who regularly works in Manx primary schools.

Next year, each of her short stories will be published into a Manx translation.

Her first story Jack the Giant Killer – a new version of a traditional Manx tale – will be the first in the series.

And now Fiona is looking for a new illustrator from the island to create a front cover and black and white sketches for the inside.

Hence the launch of an Illustrator of Mann competition.

Fiona explained: ‘The book is about a boy called Jack. Jack is a nasty child who is a bully and beats up everything – his mother can do nothing with him.

‘First he fights the ducks, then the chickens, then the sheep and finally goes off to fight a giant boar.

‘He wins but is maimed and now relies on his stick to walk and not to beat things up with, much to the joy of the neighbourhood.’

If you are interested in entering, send in a cover picture no larger than an A4 piece of paper, in any medium, plus 10 pencil or black and white sketches, no larger than 20x20cm showing any of the points in the story above.

The judging panel will be made up of six people, including the author, editor Linda Mann, Jan McCartney of Douglas library, a parent of a primary school child and a representative from Isle of Man Newspapers.

You must be 25 years or younger, living in the Isle of Man or someone from the island currently working or studying elsewhere.

This must be the first time your work has been published as a cover of a book.

The deadline is January 1, 2012, and the winner will have their illustrations printed on the finished book with their other illustrations inside. There is also a prize of £250.

All entries should be sent to Priory Press Ltd, The Priory, Abbots Way, Abbotswood, Ballasalla, IM9 3EQ.

Include your age, address and brief details i.e. student at Isle of Man College or Bournemouth College of Art.

For more information contact Linda Mann at

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