Towering Tales Creative Writing Competition

Have you a passion for writing? Ever dreamed of getting your stories recognised?

 It is time to unleash your creative writing skills, put pen to paper or get tapping on those keyboards and get involved in an exciting new competition.

Herbert Smith Freehills in association with National Trust, Young at Art and Arts & Business Northern Ireland, are thrilled to announce that the Towering Tales Creative Writing Competition 2015 is open for entries. 

Towering Tales is an enchanting creative writing competition inspired by the historic Belmont Tower and its authentic 'Spirit of Place'. This unique exciting competition is a great opportunity to raise awareness about Belmont Tower, a landmark building in East Belfast for over 100 years. Many iconic buildings and historical

landmarks like Belmont Tower have inspired writers' imaginations, influencing the creation of well-known fairytales, stories and poems.

Belmont Tower, formerly the Ferguson Memorial Primary School was acquired from the Old Belmont School Preservation Trust by the National Trust in 2013, and is regarded as a creative hub, the spirit of our local community. It may be on our doorstep; however it could be a world away if we let our imagination run wild.

What does Belmont Tower mean to you, and where could it take you? If you have never visited, it's time to go and find out for yourself!


The competition is free to enter, and is open to writers of all experience and age groups. Entries must be no longer than 1,000 words, using Belmont Tower as the muse for a short story or poem. It is a chance to explore creativity, imagination, have fun, fulfill a dream and reignite a passion for writing. Entries must be submitted

before Friday 4th December 2015.


For information about the competition, including how to enter, please visit, email, or phone Steven Woolfson on 028 9025 8296. Resource and inspiration packs are available to get your creative juices flowing. Alternatively you can call into Belmont Tower, 82

Belmont Church Road, Belfast BT4 3FG and speak to Barry Grey.


The winning entries will be reproduced on postcards by the National Trust with a bespoke illustration by local artist Patrick Sanders. All shortlisted entries will be showcased by rehearsed readings and live illustrations at a Gala Event in Belmont Tower planned to take place in the New Year.


Happy writing!