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Chance for Lichfield and Burntwood residents to win £1,000 poetry prize

Budding bards in Lichfield and Burntwood are being encouraged to enter Stafford Poetry Competition to be in with a chance of scooping a top prize of £1,000.

The competition, which is now in its third year, has been organised by Staffordshire Library Service and funded by Stafford District Arts Council.

Potential entrants now have until February 28, 2011, to submit a poem of no more than 40 lines which will be judged by prize-winning poet Michael Hulse.

Poems can be written on any subject but this year, to celebrate The Staffordshire Hoard, there will be an additional prize of £250 for the best poem, on any subject, with the title ‘Found’.

County Councillor and Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture, Ben Adams, said:

“Stafford Poetry Competition is an opportunity for those with a creative streak and a passion for poetry to have their talent recognised and rewarded. As the Staffordshire Hoard is going to be touring the county this year we are celebrating it with this extra prize. ”

The winning poet will receive £1,000 and five runners up will receive £50 each.

All entries to Stafford Poetry Competition should be posted to Stafford Poetry Competition, Shire Hall Library, Market Street, Stafford, ST16 2LQ. Entries must also be accompanied by a cover sheet including the name and address of the entrant and the title of the poem entered, as well as a cheque for £4 made payable to Staffordshire County Council (plus £3 each for any extra poems).

For more information visit www.staffordshire.gov.uk/libraries.

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