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CAN you write a gripping ghost story?

The News’s popular Christmas writing competition has two age categories – 15 and under and 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 can be set in times gone by or the modern world. Characters, content and how the storyline develops are entirely up to you.

Stories must be no more than 1,000 words. Email to features@thenews.co.uk or post to: Christmas Ghost Story Competition, Features Department, The News, 1000 Lakeside, North Harbour, Portsmouth PO6 3EN.

Please include your full name, address, age and daytime phone number. The competition closes at midnight on Sunday, December 15, 2013.