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A POEM about Sunderland could scoop one budding writer £1,000.

The annual United Press Local Poem competition aims to get more people putting pen to paper to celebrate where they live.

Entrants can send up to three entries, which must be no more than 25 lines and 160 words each, before the closing date of December 31.

It is free to enter and all poems should be sent to Local Poem, United Press Ltd, Admail 3735, London EC1B 1JB.

For more details on the competition, visit www.unitedpress.co.uk or phone 0844 800 9177.