Budding writers are being invited to put pen to paper in a major new competition to scoop a cash prize and see their work in print.
Erimus Housing’s Bohouse scheme has joined forces with Middlesbrough-based Writers’ Block to launch the contest which will see the winner walk away with £500. The winner and a number of shortlisted writers will also see their work professionally produced.
The 500-word Bohouse writing competition is open to all ages and launches on Tuesday 15th February, with a closing date a month later, on Tuesday 15th March.
With a theme of ‘Home Tomorrow’, the winner and a number of shortlisted writers will also feature in an e-anthology that will be produced by local publishing company Sixth Element.
The competition will be judged by an expert panel of Evening Gazette editor Darren Thwaites, local writer and BBC broadcaster Natalie Boxall, experienced screenwriters Laura Degnan and James Harris of Writers’ Block, and artistic Bohouse resident Jo Fairfield.
Bohouse is a state-of-the-art complex of 20 vital live/work units for graduates from the creative and digital industries and gives graduates from the creative and digital industries chance to stay in the area and set up businesses of their own.
Chris Smith, managing director of Erimus Housing, said: “We know there’s a lot of undiscovered talent out there and as a partner in the Boho scheme, we want to help nurture it and bring it to fruition.
“Our Bohouse scheme is all about people making their creativity work for them. Bohouse and its networks of support and knowledge can help their talent work as a business, boosting the local economy and its reputation at the same time.
“We want as many people as possible to come forward and take part to win this great prize and really help put the area on the creative map.”
Writers’ Block, based in Broadcasting House in Middlesbrough, provides a service for new and established writers. It plays host to regular training events and provides networking and business-to-business opportunities, introducing creative people and their work to industry professionals.
Writers’ Block aims to train and support creative individuals and businesses, to find ways for them to work together, and to celebrate the results of these collaborations with regular screenings, launches, discussion groups and showcasing events.
Laura Degnan, director of Writers’ Block, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and we’re really happy to be working alongside Erimus Housing and Bohouse. We’d really like to find the next J K Rowling.
“Who knows, it could be you!”