Pen a ghost story and win a £100 gift card

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CAN you write a gripping ghost story?

We want you to come up with stories that have a festive flavour. The only rules are that your story must be no more than 1,000 words long, be all your own work and have a Christmas theme.

There are two age categories – one for authors aged 15 and under and one for those aged 16 and over.

We’ll be publishing the entries of the winners and runners-up in each category in The News in the run-up to Christmas.

There are also prizes to be won – as well as the thrill of seeing their stories in print and recorded for The News website at, the two winners will each get a £100 gift card to spend at any branch of Waterstones.

We’ve also got a runner-up prize in each category of a £75 gift card.

Email your entry to marking it XMAS GHOST STORY in the subject field,

Or you can post it to: Christmas Ghost Story Competition, Features Department, The News, News Centre, Hilsea, Portsmouth, PO2 9SX.

The competition closes at midnight on Wednesday, December 12, 2012.

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