Stephen Fry has lent his backing to an exciting new national poetry competition to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

A competition named A Poem to Remember and chaired by HRH Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, is intended to honour and convey the challenges faced by the current men and women serving in the Military, and their families.

The winning poem will be chosen by the public and read by HRH The Duke of Cambridge at a special event at the new Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC) this summer. It will also be mounted at the DNRC and its author will receive a cash prize of £2,000, with four runners-up receiving £500. Only one entry is permitted per person. Entries are acceptable from any location. Poems must be no longer than 25 lines. The closing date and time for entries is April 9, 2018, at 23.59 pm. The competition is open to everyone aged 17 and over.

Entries will be whittled down to a long list of 25 before a short list of five judged the best are selected by a panel of short list judges, chaired by historian and broadcaster Dan Snow and including Stephen Fry and Andy McNab. The winner will then be decided by a public vote.

More information on how to enter the competition can be found here.