Entries sought for short story competition

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PEOPLE with a passion for writing about the North-east are being invited to put pen to paper in their native tongue for a short story competition.

The University of Aberdeen’s Elphinstone Institute has launched the 2012 Toulmin Prize, which commemorates the work of one of the area’s finest exponents of short stories.

The competition, now in its fifth year, is held in memory of John Reid - an Aberdeenshire farm labourer from Rathen, near Fraserburgh who died in 1998 aged 85.

He spent most of his life working long hours for very small rewards. In odd moments he jotted down short stories, character studies, and bothy tales.

The Toulmin Prize is open to all amateur writers over the age of 16. The story should be concerned with some aspect of life in the areaand may be written in Scots, including Doric, or English or a mixture of the two.

In addition to the £500 cash prize, the winning entry will be published in the Leopard magazine and featured on the website of the Scots Language Centre.

Closing date for entries is March 31 and they should be no more than 4,000 words. An entry form can be obtained at www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone, or from the Elphinstone Institute.