Pen a poem and win £1,000 in reward

Budding poets are being invited to take part in a competition to win £1,000.

Entry is completely free and anyone, young or old is invited to enter the competition organised by United Press Ltd.

All you have to do is send a poem about Hastings entitled “Local Poem” by email or post to United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB.

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.

A United Press spokesman 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 readers. The contest is designed to encourage ordinary people to write poetry – to both express themselves and be more creative. Maybe this year the £1,000 will go to a poet from Hastings 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.