Hunt is on for young writers

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YOUNG poets from Hartlepool are being ivited to try their luck in a national competition.

Aspiring poets from the town are being given free entry into this year’s Young Poets Of The Year book by entering the Young Poet of the Year contest.

“This annual book has been published for several years now and aims to encourage under-19s to express themselves through poetry,” said Brent Whittam, of United Press, which organises the competition.

“Our aim is to encourage young people to get more involved in poetry and all the poets published in the book get five free copies.

“This includes photos and profiles of each one, plus several of their poems.”

“We have long encouraged young people to get involved in poetry.

“Every poet under 16 has been given a free copy of any anthology which includes their work.

“This has helped a lot of young poets take those first vital steps towards getting recognised for their talents.”

Call 0844 800 9177 for details or send a photo, profile (including date of birth) and 10 poems to Young Poets of The Year, United Press, Admail 3735, London EC1B 1JB.

Alternatively, visit www.unitedpress.co.uk/young-poets-competitions or www.youngpoets.co.uk.