Back community newspaper Loch a Tuath News (LATN) is delighted to announce an exciting new competition.

Next year sees the magazine reach the huge milestone of 25 years in print.

Since the publication of the first issue, the magazine has undergone many changes, but at its core it is still a local publication, supporting and promoting local people and businesses, sharing news and views, and publishing a wide variety of original and interesting articles and interviews.

To celebrate its silver jubilee, the magazine is offering readers the chance to redesign its iconic masthead, which was kindly gifted by local artist Kate MacFarlane in 1997.

LATN editor Jayne MacArthur said, ‘In looking ahead to our silver anniversary next year, the committee decided it was an opportune moment to revamp the magazine and give readers a chance to try their hand at a designing us a new masthead. It’s going to take something amazing to trump what we already have!

"We are announcing this now in order to give potential entrants plenty of time to come up with a design ahead, a judging panel to be convened, and for a big reveal in April, when we publish the first issue of what will be a historic volume for LATN.

"This is only the first in a series of special competitions and other exciting features and articles we have planned for our 25th Anniversary, beginning next April, and we look forward to sharing these with you in due course.

For this competition, we are looking for both “professional” and amateur entries, and we encourage children to enter, too. The categories are: (1) P1–P3; (2) P4–P7; (3) S1–S6; and (4) adult/professional artist/designer entries. Anyone permanently resident in the Isle of Lewis may enter.

The winner of each category will receive £25, with the overall winner being awarded £250 and a year’s free subscription to the magazine.

The entries will be judged by a panel of five, which will include three of the LATN team, as well as two independent judges.

The deadline for entries is 31 January 2021. Judging will take place in February 2021.

The brief can be read in our November issue, which is out now, or online at www.lochatuathnews.com/competitions. Full terms and conditions are also available on the website, as well as instructions on how to submit your entry’.