Budding poet could win £1,000

BUDDING poets could win £1,000 by writing about Milngavie or Bearsden.

The competition, which is being run by United Press Ltd, is free to enter and open to anyone, young or old.

A United Press spokesman, said: “It can 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 people in towns across Scotland. 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 Sheffield and previous winners came from Oxford, Stafford, Rotherham and Merseyside. Maybe this year the prize money will go to a poet from Milngavie or Bearsden. Winning poems have been about a river, a tower, a local character, village life and local history.”

Send your entry to “Local Poem”, 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.

The closing date is December 31 2011.