Can you write a spooky tale?

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CAN you write a gripping ghost story?

We’ve now launched The News’s popular Christmas writing competition, with two age categories – one for authors aged 15 and under and one for those aged 16 and over. Winners will each get a £100 gift card to spend at Waterstones.

We’ve also got runners-up prizes of 75 gift cards.

Stories must be no more than 1,000 words. E-mail them to or post to: Christmas Ghost Story Competition, Features Department, The News, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth PO6 3EN.

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

The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, December 15, 2013.