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United Press Interview

Posted on 31 October 2012. © Copyright 2004-2014 WriteWords
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WriteWords talks to United Press, whose flagship publication is the National Poetry Anthology

Tell us about the United Press

United Press has been publishing poets for 15 years and our flagship publication is the National Poetry Anthology. This is an annual book in which we select 250 regional winners and give them a free copy. They then vote for the best poem in the book and the author of this poem receives £1,000 and a magnificent trophy to keep for life, in a presentation at their local library. Libraries are very supportive of our competitions.

We also run the annual Local Poem competition. The subject has to be something or someone local, we pick the winner and present them with £1,000 and a framed certificate in a presentation at their local library.
Both the above competitions are free-to-enter.

You can enter via our website at www.unitedpress.co.uk or by post at Admail 3735, London, EC1B 1JB, or ring for an information pack at 0844 800 9177.
We’ve also helped to raise over £300,000 for charity with various projects, including ones you can see at www.ukcharityaid.com and www.songsforchristies.org.uk.



Tell us about one of your writing discoveries

One of the best writers we’ve discovered is Owen Lowery of Billinge, near Liverpool. Owen turned to writing after a judo injury when he was 18. This left him paralysed from the neck down. Owen won our Local Poem competition with a poem about his home town, and went on to win another of our competitions.


What makes you happy?

What makes us happy is discovering new writers and giving them a platform for their work. Nothing makes our hearts sink, because we love our work and we’re eternal optimists.




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Comments by other Members



TabbyKat at 20:22 on 10 August 2013
This organisation makes the poets pay for the antholgies that they are 'invited' to be included in. That should be made clear in this article.


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