Milton Keynes poem could be £1,000 winner

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If you love writing and feel inspired to pen a poem about Milton Keynes you could win £1,000 in a free poetry competition.

Entry is completely free and anyone, young or old, can have a go – beginners too. All you have to do is send a poem about Milton Keynes entitled “Local Poem” by email to info@unitedpress.co.uk or post to United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB.

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. The best poem will win £1,000 cash.

A spokesman for organisers United Press said: “It can even be about something or someone from the poet’s home area.

“We find that poems written from personal observation and experience are the most heartfelt and expressive, so we’re expecting some great entries from your readers. “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 Coalville and previous winners came from Surrey, South Yorkshire, Bristol, Oxford, Stafford, Rotherham and Greater Manchester.

“Maybe this year the £1,000 will go to a poet from Milton Keynes or a neighbouring town. “Winning poems have been about a river, a tower, a local character, village life and local history.”

The closing date is December 31 2013.