HUDDERSFIELD poets are to battle it out for the right to represent their town in a national contest.

London-based publishers United Press will be selecting poets to represent areas across the UK in its book, The National Poetry Anthology.

Last year, 216 winners from towns around Britain were featured in the book, which is an annual publication celebrating the best of new British poetry.

The winner from each town receives a free copy of the anthology and the overall national winner wins £1,000.

The book's editor, Peter Quinn, said: "It is designed to encourage new writers. It is the UK's biggest free annual poetry contest.

"We want the new edition to include a winner from every town and village in the Examiner's area.

"So far, we have not had enough entries from the area to achieve that."

To enter, poets must send three unpublished poems on any subject to United Press, Admail 3735, London EC1B 1JB by June 30. Poems can be up to 20 lines or 160 words long.