INSPIRED Dudley residents could win £1,000 by entering a national poetry competition.

Organised by United Press, the competition aims to get the creative juices flowing and encourage people to pen a poem about the town in which they live.

The best poem will win £1,000 cash.

A United Press spokesman 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.

"Winning poems have been about a river, a tower, a local character, village life and local history.”

Entrants can submit up to three poems, which must be no more than 25 lines and 160 words each.

Poems can be submitted by email to or posted to United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB.

The closing date is December 31.