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.

Towering Tales is an enchanting creative writing competition inspired by the historic 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.

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 run by Herbert Smith Freehills in association with National Trust, Young at Art and Arts & Business Northern Ireland 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 December 4.

For information about the competition visit facebook.com/BelmontTower or email ToweringTales@hsf.com

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.

There will also be free workshops taking place this Saturday (November 14) at Belmont Tower, bookable by emailing ToweringTales@hsf.com

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