THERE is still time for budding writers to take part in the AsparaWriting Festival short story competition ahead of the Vale event next month.

The quirky competition is being run ahead of the festival and is open to three age categories, adults, seven to 11year olds and 12 to 16 year olds.

Writers in each category must come up with a short story of no more that 6,000 words for adults and 3,000 for juniors.

Stories must be set in the Vale of Evesham or the Cotswolds, fit the crime genre and feature asparagus.

Sue Jenkinson, festival organiser, said: "We’re so excited to uncover the undiscovered literary talent in the Vale and can’t wait to read the entries."

The winners of each category will be published in this year’s anthology, receive a free copy and be invited to attend the festival finale. The adult winner will also receive a £100 prize with the junior winners awarded a £20 book token.

Entries at must be made by Saturday, March 29.