Eason launches competition to find Northern Ireland's secondary school creative writing stars - could it be you?
Are you a budding literary star?
Well Eason want you to share your imagination through short stories in a creative writing competition aimed at secondary school students in Northern Ireland.
The competition is open to all second level students by submitting a short story, on a subject of their choice, by Tuesday, May 10.
A shortlist of all entrants will be finalised by a panel of book experts in May including Belfast born award winning author Sheena Wilkinson and acclaimed young author Dave Rudden.
The best stories will then be published online and put forward for a public vote.
A panel of book experts will then judge this shortlist and their scoring combined with the public vote will determine one overall winner for each of the categories.
Author and panel judge Sheena Wilkinson had the following advice for entrants.
Speaking at the launch she said: "If you are an aspiring writer you need to read constantly and to write as much as you can. I’ve always been a devourer of books and as a child I just loved sitting down with a good book. I was always reading or dreaming up my next plot. Much as I am now. I would encourage any young writer to take inspiration from everything around.
"Whether I'm walking in the forest near my home in County Down, or in city streets, I'm always open to ideas for stories and characters. People ask where ideas come from: they come from having your eyes, ears and mind open”.
Eason Creates Writing entrants are divided into three groups and can write on any subject matter with an agreed maximum word count.
Category 1: Years 8-10 (maximum word count 1,000 words)
Category 2: Years 11-12 (maximum word count 1,500 words)
Category 3: Years 13-14 (maximum word count 2,000 words)
All first prize winning contestants from each category will receive £500 worth of books for their school.
All overall winners will receive an Eason gift card worth £250 and the shortlisted finalists from each category will win an Eason gift card worth £50.
The shortlisted & winning students will also be presented with a printed copy of the 2016 Eason Creates Writing short story collection for their school.