Last chance to write a poem about Leicester

Now is your last chance to write a prize winning poem about Leicester, because a poem about Leicester could win you £1,000 in a competition aimed at getting more people to write poetry.

It’s free to enter this annual competition and it’s open to all UK residents, young or old. All you have to do is send a poem about life in your own home town or area to ‘Local Poem’, United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB or visit the website or call 0844 800 9177.

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

“The competition is designed to encourage more people to get involved in writing poetry. Your entry can be about something or someone from your home area,” explained a United Press spokesman. “We find that poems written from personal observation and experience are the most heartfelt and expressive, so we’re expecting some great entries from Leicester.”

Last year’s winner was from Bristol and previous winners came from Oxford, Stafford and Rotherham. Maybe this year the £1,000 will go to a poet from Leicester. Previous winning poems have been about village life, a river, a tower, a country walk and local history.

The closing date is 31st December 2012.