Could you win £1,000 in poetry competition?

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A POEM about Fenland and Cambridgeshire could win £1,000 in a free poetry competition.

There’s no charge to enter the competition and anyone, young or old can have a go - beginners too!

All you have to do is send a poem about your own home town or area to “Local Poem”, United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB or visit the website

The best poem will win £1,000 cash and you can send up to three entries, which must be no more than 25 lines (each blank line counts as one line) and 160 words each.

“It can be about something or someone from the poet’s home area,” explained a United Press spokesman. “We find that poems written from personal observations and experience are the most heartfelt and expressive, so we’re expecting some great entries from Fenland and Cambridgeshire. The contest is designed to encourage ordinary people to write poetry - to both express themselves and be more creative.

“Last year’s winner was from South Yorkshire and previous winners came from Bristol, Oxford, Stafford, Rotherham and Merseyside. Maybe this year the £1,000 will go to a poet from Fenand and Cambridgeshire. Winning poems have been about a river, a tower, a local character, village life and local history.”

The closing date is December 31, 2011.