Budding poets asked to write about Barking and Dagenham for chance to win £1,000

Budding wordsmiths are being asked to pen a poem for a competition that could see them win £1,000.

Up to three poems can be submitted to the annual Local Poem competition, though each one must focus on an aspect of the writer’s home town.

A spokesman for organisers United Press said: “We find that poems written from personal observation and experience are the most heartfelt and expressive, so we’re expecting some great entries.

“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 Barking or a neighbouring town.”

Submitting a poem is free or charge. Direct your entries by email to info@unitedpress.co.uk or post to United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB.

The closing date is December 31st 2013.