Do you have a passion for writing and a ghoulish mind?

tis. The new refurbished interior of Harrogate Library. 100826GS1
tis. The new refurbished interior of Harrogate Library. 100826GS1

BUDDING writers are being invited to take part in a new ghost story competition, being run by the Friends of Harrogate Library.

Supported by the Harrogate Advertiser series, the competition is open to anyone aged 15 or over who wants to try their hand at writing.

As well as being published in the Advertiser series, the winners will have their work read out at a Christmas social evening at Harrogate Library on Thursday, December 8. The evening will include festive entertainments and has been organised by the Friends of Harrogate Library (FOHL) as part of its year-round series of events.

The competition has a ghostly theme to reflect the tradition of spooky Christmas tales, such as Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and works by M R James which were adapted by the BBC for a 1970s series called A Ghost Story for Christmas.

Entries must be typed and no more than 800 words and credit will be given for using a Yorkshire setting. To enter, submit your story - clearly marked FOHL Ghost Story Competition 2011 - to Harrogate Library, Victoria Avenue, Harrogate, HG1 1EG, either by post or by hand, on or before the closing date of Saturday, November 5.

Winning entries will be chosen by a panel of judges, including local authors Bernie Crosthwaite and Ruth Elwin Harris, and Weekend Book Club editor Vicky Carr. The judges’ decision is final.

Membership of FOHL is £5 per year or £7 for a family and includes advance notice of events, such as the Gardeners’ Question Time and I Love Books quiz planned for the coming months. More information is available from the library.