Last chance for Castle Cary poem to represent Somerset

A poem about Castle Cary or another town in Somerset could win £1,000 in a poetry competition, but hurry, because the closing date is almost here.

It’s free to enter this annual competition and it’s open to all UK residents, young or old. The competition is held every year and aims to get more people to start writing poetry. 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 £1000 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 Castle Cary and other towns in Somerset.”

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

The closing date is December 31st 2012.

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