I submitted a picture of some graffiti directly to the editor for inclusion in The Big Picture. I haven't seen it on the website but it was printed in the paper.
The sad thing is, 99% of these pictures aren't of Rochdale, they're of the countryside outside the town. You need to submit something a little different.
By the way - I'm definitely not mates with the editor, or anyone else who's had stuff published - I just shot something a little different.