Kids asked to get writing for Cosgrove Care competition

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Calling all budding writers — the Cosgrove Care short story competition is back for 2016.

The annual primary-age contest received more than 150 entries last year, and one of the judges, author Kate Tough, said: “There is some serious talent brewing for the Scottish literary scene.”

With an Out of This World theme, this year’s entries might just top them.

There are three categories: primaries one to three, P4-5 and P6-7, and entrants to each are invited to write no more than 500 words on the chosen topic.

Category winners will receive £30 in Waterstones vouchers to fuel the imagination further, with runners up in each category receiving a book from the store.

There will also be an outstanding achievement prize, with the winner bagging a subscription to First News, the children’s newspaper.

Anyone interested in entering can post their story in the competition box at Waterstone’s, Newton Mearns, by Friday, February 26. Please include your name, age, primary class and school, along with an entry fee of £1 — and remember to collect your bookmark for taking part.

The fee will go to Cosgrove Care, a Giffnock-based charity providing support and care for children and adults with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

For more info, call the charity on 620 2500 or visit — and watch this space for the 2016 winners.