HUDDERSFIELD schoolchildren are being given the chance to show their writing skills in a competition.

The Department of Education and Skills is running the Write Here, Write Now Writing award to encourage children to enjoy writing.

Schools Minister Derek Twigg said: "Learning should be fun. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to enjoy writing and be creative."

All entries must be submitted through school and pupils must be aged 8 to 10.

The closing date for the competition is Thursday July 14, 2005.

To get further details on the competition, order a teachers pack by calling 0870 6091948 or contact Louise Angel on 0208 2388568 or e-mail louise.angel@