the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





December 2017



1 - Editors Notes

2 - Special events this month

3 - Competitions closing soon

 4 - Calls for Submissions

5 - Poetry Courses

 6- Writers Services





Submitting information to The Poetry Kit

To enable the contents and usefulness of the Poetry Kit Newsletter to grow we put it out as an attachment.  It will still arrive every month in an email but the bulk of the newsletter itself will be in the attachment.  To submit information for inclusion in any area of The Poetry Kit including the Newsletter please see submission details at


PK Poetry List

The Poetry Kit's own e-mail discussion list which is one of the longest established and one of the best poetry discussion lists on the Internet.  

The PK List is a community of poets from around the world who share their poetry for comment.  There is no cost to join but anyone who want to join us must  take part in a fair way,

 and be prepared to comment on other peoples poetry.  There are a lot of mails and new members are advised to either set up a unique address for the list mail or use a post-box rule to separate

out the list mail, this is easy to do as all mail from the list is marked (PK) in the subject line.  Please do consider it as it is a valuable resource and helps everyone to get good feedback for their poems..

To join the list go to jiscmail or email for information.  Visit the PK List website. 



Rick Lupert

Poetry Super Highway





There is a full listing of regularly held events and festivals from around the world at the Poetry kit website.-


Regular Open Mic Events in the UK


Swansea 1st December 2017

Friday 1 December, 5pm & 7.30pm Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea

Carol Ann Duffy & Gillian Clarke

Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy's new Christmas poem, Pablo Picasso's Noel follows the famous painter as he moves through a small town in the south of France on Christmas Eve. Zoology is Gillian Clarke�s ninth Carcanet collection, following her T. S. Eliot Prize-shortlisted Ice. Join us for one of the highlights of the year!

Full Price �12  Concessions �9   Swansea Passport to Leisure  �4

01792 463980

Edinburgh 1st December 2017

18.00 Friday 1st December 2017

Blackwells Bookshop, 53-62South Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1YS

House of Three poetry book launch. Admission free, no booking required.

House of Three launch two new books featuring poets Morgan Downie, Iain Matheson, Jonathan Bay, Jane Yolen, Fiona Ritchie Walker and Lynn Davidson.

Also Rachel Plummer�s debut House Press pamphlet, The Parlour Guide to Exo Politics.

Toronto 4th December 2017

Ryerson Feminist Hour with Jaclyn Friedman Unscrewed Book Launch and Talk
Monday, December 4th @ 6:30pm-8:0pm
Ryerson Student Learning Centre Amphitheatre
341 Yonge St
Free - all welcome
The venue is fully wheelchair accessible

Limerick 5th December 2017

The Dec 2017 �On the Nail� Literary Gathering

Tues 5th Dec at Chez le Fab, Arthur�s Quay Park, Limerick. Start 8pm

This month our guest is poet Knute Skinner plus the launch of RIVER PEOPLE � an anthology of writing from The Limerick Writers� Centre Creative Writing Class for Older People 201

Knute Skinner lives in Killaspuglonane, County Clare, his home for the past thirty-eight years. His poetry has appeared widely in Ireland, Britain, Australia and North America. He is the author of sixteen books of verse including a collected edition, Fifty Years: Poems 1957-2007, which appeared from Salmon. A memoir, Help Me to a Getaway, was published by Salmon in 2010.

River People � Edited by award winning poet Ron Carey, you will find within these pages stories and poems that lift the spirits, gentleness, poetic insight, tragedy, joy, loneliness, humour, love of life or simply love itself. Here you will find the work of some of the best writers and poets who attended our classes for older people during 2017.

Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers. Even if you don't write you are welcome to bring something along to read. The night begins at 8.00pm and admission is free. So join us on the night and make this event something special.

NOTE: Our special authors book table will again be in operation, so if you want your book, CD's etc publicised make sure you are represented on the table. Contact Dominic Taylor at 087 2996409 to make arrangements.

The Limerick Writers' Centre is currently unfunded and depends for revenue from sales of books and donations. 

Swansea 15th December 2017

Friday 15 December, 7pm

Christmas in Wales

Fluellen Theatre Company�s magical celebration, in words and music, of Christmases past and present, the second half of which includes their celebrated adaptation of Dylan Thomas� A Child�s Christmas In Wales. Running time: approximately 1 hour plus interval.

�6 Full Price   �4 Concessions  �2 Swansea Passport to Leisure

Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea






1st December 2017 1st E2000

entry £6

Strokestown Poetry Competition 2018

Strokestown is Ireland’s longest-running poetry festival, and has established a reputation for friendly informality twinned with deep respect for poetry, poets and poetry lovers. Here’s your chance to take part in it. 1st Prize € 2,000, plus a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. 2nd Prize € 700. 3rd Prize € 500. Reading fees of € 300 for 5 shortlisted poets. The 8 shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2018. Judges Moya Cannon & Harry Clifton. Prize winner announced in Strokestown 6th May 2018.
Entry Fee: £6.00 (euros) per poem

For further details visit

31st December2017

1st Collection Publication




entry £20





Littoral Press Nature Poetry Collection Competition

The littoral press will be holding a twice yearly competition for a full collection of nature/spiritual/environmental poetry.  60 copies of the winning collection will be published by the Littoral Press. 10 copies will be retained by the littoral press for ‘legal deposit’ and the press’s archives. 50 copies will be delivered free of charge to the winning poet - UK mainland only. For entries from outside this area delivery charges will have to apply, unfortunately. The book will be A5 in format, perfect bound, with full colour covers (gloss laminated or matt laminated according to the winning author’s choice), between 50 pages minimum and 100 pages maximum in length. It will have an ISBN number and therefore be subject to ‘Legal Deposit’. This means that one copy will be sent to each of the major universities: Oxford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Dublin and Edinburgh, where they will be archived; and a further copy will be deposited with the British Library. There will be no need for a contract. The copyright will remain exclusively with the poet to do whatever he or she wishes with those rights. The deadline for the first competition is December 31st 2017. Results will be published on the Littoral Press website sometime in January 2018. Entrants will be charged £20.00 per manuscript.Please read full details of the competition and its rules and conditions.
These can be found on the littoral press website-

Prize: Winner will receive 50 copies of their publication with the Littoral Press 
Closing date: 31st December 2017
Entry fee: £20 per manuscript
Adjudicator: Mervyn Linford, Littoral Press Editor.

31st December 2017 1st $200 CAD

Entry $5

Into the Void is an award-winning print and digital literary magazine based in Toronto. The annual poetry contest aims to place some great poets established or emerging into the spotlight, as well as award them with a cash prize and publication on our website. Submissions are open from November 1st to December 31st. Poems must be unpublished. There is no theme for the competition and there are no restrictions on style or genre. 6 winning poems will be published on the website with prizes of up to $200 CAD. Entry fee is $5 CAD.

31st December 2017 1st  £400

entry  £4

WOLF Poetry competition 2018

Poets are invited to submit pieces of up to forty lines in length on the theme of ‘out of darkness’ before the competition closes on December 31st. The competition is open to all, with a first prize of £400, and poems will be judged by Wolverhampton poet Emma Purshouse, who says “I will be searching for those poems that engage with the reader, those poems that people will want to read again and again.” Winners will be announced in advance of the festival itself, with an opportunity to read at an awards event during the festival weekend.
Entry Fee: £4. If multiple poems are entered in the same submission, £10 will be charged for three poems and then £3 for each subsequent poem.
31st December 2017 1st €10,000

entry €12
€10,000 Moth Poetry Prize
Formerly known at the Ballymaloe International Poetry Prize, The Moth Poetry Prize is one of the most lucrative awards in the world for a single unpublished poem. 1st prize €10,000, with 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000. Judged by Daljit Nagra. Award ceremony to take place at Poetry Ireland. Closing 31 December 2017. See
1st January 2018 1st £600

entry £5

Tongues&Grooves Prose Poem Prize 2018. Adjudicator: Michael Loveday. Prize-giving will be on Sunday 25 March at The Square Tower, Portsmouth. First prize £600, Second £200, Third £100. 7 commendations of £25. Winners and runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the Square Tower.   For further details, rules & entry form visit:






To be considered as a featured poet in Caught in the Net or for our Poem of the Week, please send one poem and bio to mark subject “poetry submission” 


ongoing Poetry Super Highway poet of the week
1st December 2017


The editors invite you to send your poems about any of the paintings, drawings, or other artwork by Hieronymus Bosch or Bruegel the Elder. Deadline: December 1st, 2017.


Many poets have been drawn to the artwork of these two Netherlandish painters. Our anthology will include poems by Auden, Czeslaw Milosz, Robert Hass, Sylvia Plath, Lewis Levin, Sandra M. Gilbert, and others. But we also want to include your poetic responses. No limit on type of poem. Submit up to three. Official websites: and

All poems should refer to at least one specific piece of artwork by either painter. Send in the body of your email, and attach as an RTF file. Include a short bio. If this is a reprint, please provide original publication information, and permission to reprint. All rights revert to the author upon publication. We expect to have the anthology published in 2018. Unfortunately we cannot provide monetary compensation for the authors, but copies of the anthology will be available at a discount. Please email queries to

31st December 2017

Speculative City is an upcoming bi-annual magazine featuring literary works that explore themes, characters, and landscapes exclusive to the city and that highlight voices often unheard.

For the first issue, the magazine is looking for speculative short fiction, poetry, and essays relevant to its mission and issue theme (the grotesque).

Writers published will be paid $20-$75 according to the category and length of their submission.





Poetry Kit Online Poetry Courses


New courses starting the second and fourth Monday of each month

You need nothing more than an interest in improving as a poet and email or internet access.


Poetry Foundation Course


A course suitable for those looking for an introduction to writing poetry.

The Foundation Course is an introduction to writing poetry.  If want to write and start to understand poetry and to develop the basic skills to help express yourself, then this is for you.  You will learn how poetry can help  you to see things in a different way and gain confidence in writing about them.


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Poetry Course - Part 1


A course in reading and writing poetry.  For the poets who want to develop their skills.

If you have been writing poetry and feel you want to take it further, then this course will help you to improve and show you new skills and how to get the best from your writing. Learn more about poetic devices, structure, editing and form.  We also look at markets for your poetry and getting published.

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Poetry Course - Part 2 


A course in advanced writing skills.  To help a skilled poet improve further.


You may have been writing for a while, been published, won competitions, feel you have had some success,  This course with exercises designed to help you recognise your style and voice, will help you to maximise the potential

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A one to one mentoring service offering detailed support and writing exercises.

One to one mentoring. Ideas are discussed and foundations for poems developed with assistance and critique in working through drafts to completed poems. This is a mentoring experience and will work with strengths and identify weaknesses in writing style, all content will be chosen to meet the needs of the student.


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A personal critique service.

This is an individual critique service available from Jim Bennett, allowing those using the service to send 10 poems and have them individually critiqued by Jim who is an internationally known, prize-winning poet.  By sending poems over a period of time the participant can use the service to develop their skills and to get feedback on their progress.



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The Poetry of Bob Dylan


Exploring the lyrics and poetry of Bob Dylan.


We will looking at examples of his writing from periods throughout his career and examining how he uses words to shape the environment of the song.  Dylan regularly broke the rules of lyrical writing and in doing so created a body of work that rewards exploration with techniques and possibilities.




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Poetry Kit runs a full range of interesting and challenging courses.  In addition to those listed above there are other

courses including  Script writing and The Poetry of Bob Dylan. 

For a more complete listing of courses and availability please see





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offer a good reliable service.  There is no charge made or expected for listing at Poetry Kit.



Poetry Kit on-line courses and critique service. For details see





~Good Poems Made Better~

Send 4-book poet Dan Masterson a one-page poem of your own making, and he'll comment on it free of charge. Thereafter you may continue working with him on a fee basis if you wish

 (and receive a $10 discount for those receiving this mail).

See details at  and read his first two books online at



Proofreading service

Scholarly proofreading - very reliable, set up for students originally but will handle anything at a reasonable cost.

Also write CV's.



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