CAN you write a gripping ghost story to get toes curling and hairs standing up at Christmas?
We’ve launched our popular Christmas
writing competition, when
we ask you to think scary and
spooky as you pen a festive
Just like Portsmouth’s liter-
ary legend Charles Dickens,
who wrote the all-time classic
A Christmas Carol, 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 Christ-
There are two age catego-
ries – 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
There are also prizes to be
won – as well as the thrill of
seeing their stories in print
and recorded for portsmouth.co.uk
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
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Last year the 16-and-over category was won by Nick Fletcher.
The 27-year-old, from Victoria Road South, Southsea, wrote about somebody working for a company called Festive Cheer, dressing as Santa to deliver presents to an orphanage.
He had one present left in his sack, but discovered the girl for whom it was intended was a ghost.
Mark Waldron, editor of
The News, said: ‘I’m looking
for stories that have a festive
ﬂavour, but which also have
the power to send a shiver
down the spine.’
HOW TO ENTER
ALL you need to do is write a spooky ghost story with a Christmas theme.
It must be no more than 1,000 words long and it must be all your own work – but apart from that, the style and content is entirely up to you.
You can e-mail your story to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
However you enter, please make sure you include your full name, address and a daytime phone number, plus which category you are entering - 15 years and under, or 16 years and over. The competition closes at midnight on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. The editor’s decision is ﬁnal.