IF you think Lord of the Rings is more useful as a doorstop than a book, or the thought of reading War and Peace makes you feel faint, then you may be interested in a competition run by the Stratford Literary Festival.
They are challenging people to write a whole story on a single page of A4 paper.
Anyone from aged seven can enter, with three age categories, 7-10, 11-16 and 17-100.
Those hoping to make use of a microscope should bear in mind that the story should be written in no smaller than 10pt.
Top prize for the competition is a £50 book voucher. The best stories will be exhibited at the Open Book Exhibition at The Gallery in Stratford Leisure Centre throughout the festival.
Literary and media celebrities will be in abundance during the course of the week, including Julian Clary, Melvyn Bragg and Gloria Hunniford.
Along with the competition there are many other exhibitions and activities planned for the festival, for full details log on to www.stratfordliteraryfestival.co.uk.
The closing date for entries in the story competition is Friday March 27. Stories can be emailed or dropped off at the Herald offices in Rother Street.