Ever fancied getting your name in lights? The winner of Wordpool’s first National Poetry Competition will go one better – their poem will be up in lights instead!

The competition, which launches on Friday 4 July, will take the theme of ‘light’ – and in addition to a cash prize, the winning work will be displayed in lights at Blackpool’s world famous Illuminations.

The competition is open to entries from poets from the UK and worldwide and all entries should be written in English.

Award-winning poet Polly Atkins will judge the competition. Based in Cumbria, Polly’s debut poetry pamphlet, Bone Song, was shortlisted for the prestigious Michael Marks Award.

She will be reading at the launch event, in the Central Library at 3pm on 4 July. Tickets are £2, including refreshments. Application forms, competition and prize details will be available at this event, and on the Blackpool Libraries Blog from 7 July.

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