Write a spooky festive tale and win £50

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CAN YOU write a gripping ghost story?

Our popular Christmas writing competition is open for entries.

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

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

As well as the thrill of seeing their stories in print and recorded for The News website portsmouth.co.uk by stars of the Kings Theatre pantomime Aladdin, the two category winners will each get £50 to spend at The Hayling Island Bookshop.

This award-winning bookshop is one of the last remaining independent bookshops in the area and has a year-round programme of author events in schools and for adult audiences.

To enter, all you have to do is write a ghost story of no more than 1,000 words with a Christmas theme.

Then e-mail it to features@thenews.co.uk, or send it via the Share Your Story link on the home page of portsmouth.co.uk .

Or you can post it to: Christmas Ghost Story Competition, Features Department, The News, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth PO6 3EN.

Please include your full name, address, age and a daytime phone number.

Entries close at midnight on December 14, 2014.