Budding north-east writers can take part in a new storywriting competition launched by a charity founded by Charles Dickens.
It is 150 years since the death of the writer and now a search is underway to find the type of characters living today who would have captured his imagination and served as his inspiration.
Contestants must write a 300-word story, using the descriptive flamboyance of Dickens, to pen a portrait of a 21st century character who would be worthy of his attention.
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The Journalists Charity, with the support of the Dicken’s Fellowship, has kickstarted the competition and money raised will be used to help journalists who face financial hardship as a result of Covid-19.
Entries must be submitted by 5pm on June 9.
Online submissions can be sent to Dickens@journalistscharity.org.uk or by mail to Dickens House, 35 Wathen Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1JY.