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WRITING stars have been given the chance to scoop a cash prize by entering a national journalism competition.

The National Council for the Training of Journalists launched its Stars of the Future contest to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

Young journalists are being encouraged to enter a story of around 200 words on an issue in the Portsmouth area, which has not been reported on previously, containing an original quote, to be in with a chance to win.

The successful entry will be published and put forward to the national final where the entrant will win £250.

The News is also offering our winner the chance to spend a day in the newsroom and meet the team.

Applicants must be aged 16 to 18 and have until May 27 to submit entries.

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A regional winner will be picked in the week beginning June 13.

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