We will be announcing details soon of two competitions for 2018-19 - both previously well-established annual events.

The first is the OLIVE LAMMING WRITING PRIZE, which most Isle of Man writers will recognise. It started in the early 1970s and was held in memory of the late Olive Lamming, who was an active member of the then Isle of Man Literary Society. The then president of the society, Mr R.G. Morton, donated a sum of money to enable the competition to be held in perpetuity.

The competition was first run by the Board of Education, then the former Department of Education, and most recently by the Isle of Man Literary Society. It hasn't been held for the last few years, but this year, following discussions with the Lamming family and the Literary Society, it will run under the auspices of Manx Litfest.

The second competition is the HALL CAINE WRITING PRIZE, for younger writers. Established several years ago by Gloria Rukeyser, great grandaughter of Hall Caine, it was run by the Department of Education, Sport and Culture. It didn't run in 2017, but following discussions with Mrs Rukeyser and the DESC, Litest will be coordinating the competition in schools for 2018/19.

Watch this space for more news on both of these prizes - and for news of a third competition, this one open to international writers.