Are you the Midlothian writer of the year

Midlothian Council is searching for the Writer of the Year 2013 – and there is still time to submit a written prose or poetry entry.

The competition is run by Tyne and Esk Writers in partnership with Midlothian and East Lothian Councils Library Services and is open to anyone over the age of 16.

This year, the prose judge is Zoe Strachan, a well respected Scottish author. Christine de Luca will be judging the poetry entries.

Councillor Lisa Beattie, Cabinet Member for Libraries, said: “We were delighted by the entries last year; the stories and poetry were all captivating and showed the great writing talent out there in our local area. We look forward to receiving even more entries this year.”

All prizes are being donated by Kesley’s Bookshop in Haddington with the overall winner will receive £100 and the beautiful Alison Kinnaird trophy to keep for a year.

The first prize winner for prose writing and the first prize winner for poetry will receive £40 book tokens. Second prize winners will receive £10 book tokens. Book tokens kindly donated by Kelsey’s Bookshop in Haddington.

If you are a member of Tyne and Esk Writers, live in or work in East Lothian or Midlothian you can take part.

Pick up an entry form from your local library or via the website:

The closing date is Friday 16 August.