ARE you into parties, fun and adventure?

And, more importantly, do you want to write about your life and opinions?

If so, you could become our Pen Idol! There's still time to enter our big, new contest.

We want one or more new, paid columnists to write for the Examiner.

We're looking for fresh talent - and it could be your chance to break into journalism.

We'd love to hear from anyone - students, workers, jobseekers - from any ethnic background.

The only rule is that you must be aged 18 to 30.

The closing date to submit a sample column is Tuesday, October 19. We might pick out one winner to write once a week, or we could choose as many as four, who would contribute about once a month.

Examiner editor Roy Wright, who will head the panel of judges, says: "Different news and views are what makes the Examiner lively.

"We'd love to hear from anyone who thinks they've got something to say - to entertain and inform our thousands of readers."

Write a main piece of about 400 words plus two or three smaller pieces of 100 to 200 words. Don't worry too much about wordy perfection, but please make sure it's properly finished and printable.

Your subjects could be anything you think Examiner readers would be interested to read about - from your life in Huddersfield to your views on celebrities or politics. Send your entry, together with a few introductory words about yourself - age, address, job, hobbies - to Jenny Parkin, Examiner, PO Box A26, Queen Street South, Huddersfield HD1 2TD, by October 19.

You can send your entry by e-mail to jenny.parkin Contact Jenny on 01484 437769 if you want any extra advice about the competition.