the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





February 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.-


Leicester 4th February 2017 The Venus Papers Stage Show and Exhibition Preview
Attenborough Arts Centre
Lancaster Road, Leicester LE1 7HA
7pm � 9.30pm (Show: 1 hour)
�6 / �4 / �12 for party of 4. For 16+ years  Read more and book
Saturday 4 February 2017
This evening of poetry and visual art presents the new theatrical poetry show by Lydia Towsey, The Venus Papers, alongside a new exhibition of
Scott Bridgwood
�s figurative paintings (Gallery 3).  Drinks and nibbles provided
Matlock 4th February 2017 The Muse
Whitworth Centre Ballroom, Darley Dale, Matlock DE4 2EQ
Doors: 7.30pm Show: 8pm. Tickets �10 Box Office 01629 733678
4 February 2017
The Muse is an evening of spoken word and music created and presented by Mark Gwynne Jones
featuring: John Hegley, Lou Ashley and Alice Ashley
Visit Mark Gwynne Jones' website
Limerick 7th February 2017

The Limerick Writers' Centre Presents
The Feb 2017 'On The Nail' Literary Gathering
Tuesday 7th Feb 2017 @ Shannon Rowing Club, Sarsfield Bridge, Limerick. Start 8.00pm sharp!

This months guests are poets Maighread Medbh and Mick McGann-Jones







12th February 2017 1st £100

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition

Poems of any length, subject and style welcome. Prizes £100, £20, entry £3 per poem and £10 for four. Judge Jenny Lewis.

A decision will be made on or as near as possible to 24th February, and will be announced at the AGM of the Edward Thomas Fellowship in Steep, Hampshire, on March 5th. It will then be on the website and a new #EdwardThomasFellowship Twitter account.  

Please send by February 12th 2017  to Margaret Keeping, 66 Fairacres Road, Oxford, OX4 1TG, cheques made to Edward Thomas Fellowship.

'Alternatively, email poems to  and pay direct as follows:

40-08-21   11250205, Refs, Poetry Competition and your surname.'

13th February 2017 1st £350

entry £7

John Dryden Translation Competition 2017

Prizes will be awarded for the best unpublished literary translations from any language into English. Any language into English. Any genre, Literary translation includes poetry, prose or drama from any period. A maximum of 20 pages First Prize £350; Second Prize £200; Third Prize £100
Entry Fee: £7 for one £12 for two or £16 for three entries

Entries are submitted in electronic and in hard copy format to: 
Entries, each consisting of source text, your translation, an entry form, and the entry fee, should be sent to: Dr Karen Seago, John Dryden Translation Competition, Centre for English, Department of Journalism School of Arts and Social Sciences, City, University of London London – EC1V 0HB.
Full details and entry form can be found on the competition website:

15th February 2017

1st  £100

entry £4

Hove Grown Poetry Competition Adjudicator: Beth Somerford. Prize-giving will be on 1 or 2 April as part of the Hove Grown festival.  First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25.  Smeuse Prize £25 for the best poem with a Brighton/Hove theme.

Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  Entry fee from £4 for one to £15 for six

Winning poems will be published in an anthology
For further details, rules & entry form visit
15th February 2017 1st  £1000

entry £4

Guernsey International Poetry Competition 2017

The winning poets will get the chance to see their poems on the island’s buses as well as at Guernsey airport.Categories: Open Poetry - ages 18 and over 1st prize £1000, 2nd place £500, 3rd place £250. Young People’s Poetry -12 to 17( age or residence on 15 January 2017) Please view the online PDF for samples of the Poems on the Buses and the Poems on the Move poster layout. Entries must be no longer than 14 lines, should be typed, and must fit on one side of A4 paper. Judge Gwyneth Lewis
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems £10, Channel Islands’ Poetry - ages 18 and over, born or resident in the Channel Islands Entries £4 per poem, 3 poems £10, Young People’s Poetry -12 to 17 Entry Free

Email poems to: Post to: Poems on the Move 2017,Guernsey Literary Festival,P.O. Box 174,St Peter Port, Guernsey GY1 3LG, Channel Islands, UK See for festival details. For full competition entry details see

17th February 2017

1st  £3,000


entry  free

Christopher Tower Poetry competition Judges Vahni Capildeo and Sarah Howe. Free entry for 16-18 year olds in UK. Theme 'Stone'. Prize-giving will be on 19 April 2017 at Christ Church, University of Oxford. First Prize £3,000 Second £1,000 Third £500. Commended winners £250. Further details, rules, online entry visit

27thFebruary 2017 1st  £500

entry £4

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2017

1st Prize: £500 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100. The judge, Michael Symmons Roberts will read all entries. Commended poets at the judge’s discretion. Poems can be on any subject, in any style or form. Maximum line length for individual poems is 40 lines. Winners will be informed by Friday 7 April 2017 and will be invited to read alongside Michael Symmons Roberts at a launch ceremony on the afternoon of 22 April 2017 at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize.
Entry Fee: £4 for one poem or £10 for three poems

For rules and details of postal and online entry see

28th February 2017 1st £50

entry £2

Herbert Spencer Poetry Competition

The Society of civil & public service writers is holding the Herbert Spencer poetry competition for SCPSW members only. Prizes £50 & £25. Poems not more than 40 lines, with each poem on a separate sheet. Those eligible to join the SCPSW include serving or retired members of the Civil Service, Armed Forces, National Health Service, Local Government, the Police Force, or any Public Service. Membership inquiries, with SAE, to Bernie Bickerton, c/o 10 Malcolm Road, Woodside, London SE25 5HG or email
Entry Fee: £2.00 per poem.

For full details of conditions of entry visit the website  

28th February 2017 1st £500

entry £5

York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition 2017

Poems must not be longer than 40 lines of text, and must fit on a single A4 page.Poems must be submitted via the official form on the online entry page. Poets may enter as many poems as they wish. The first prize is £500, with a runner-up award of £125, and a third prize of £75. The York Prize (£50) will be awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant with a York postcode. Poems will be judged by Anthony Dunn: “I’ve no bias at all as to rhyme or form, but both can be trip-hazards.Whatever their subject, subtext and substance, I want the submissions to be infectious – with the sheer delight of words and sounds and white space combining to become poems.”
Entry £5 for a single poem. For an entry fee of £10, poets may submit two or three poems. You can enter up to ten poems on one entry form.
For competition rules see Online entry form: 
1st March 2017 1st £1000

entry £6

Nature and Place Poetry competition.

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place and will be given a very wide interpretation by our judge, Kathleen Jamie.

Not only that, this year RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a new prize on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Kathleen Jamie at CCI in Spring 2017.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st March 2017.

As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition will raise money for conservation and poetry. We are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as we feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries.

Prizes  1st PRIZE £1000  2nd PRIZE £500  3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2017 (worth £550) 

The entry fee is £6 for the first poem and £3.50 for each subsequent entry.

Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website:

1st March 2017 1st  publications

entry  £8

The Poetry Business 2016/17 New Poets Prize

A pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 Prizes: Publication by smith|doorstop books following editorial, mentoring and workshops with Peter & Ann Sansom, a place on an Arvon residential course, publication in the North magazine, a launch reading hosted by the Poetry Business and more. The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 31 years. Entrants are invited to submit short collections of 12 pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive mentoring, readings, publication in the North magazine. One of the four collections will be published as a pamphlet by smith|doorstop. All four winners will also receive a subscription to the North magazine, and will have a launch reading organised by the Poetry Business and a selection of their poems published in the North magazine. Judged by Andrew McMillan

Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online. For full terms and conditions see website

1st March 2017 1st £1000

entry £28

The Poetry Business 2016/17 International Book & Pamphlet Competition

PRIZES: Publication by smith|doorstop Books; a share of £2,000 cash; a launch reading at The Wordsworth Trust; publication in the North magazine; book vouchers from Inpress Books and more. Entrants are invited to submit a collection of 20-24 paged of poetry. Four winners will be selected by the judges to be published by our award winning imprint, smith|doorstop books. All winners will also receive a share of £2,000, publication in the North magazine, a reading at The Wordsworth Trust and gift vouchers from Inpress Books. All winners will be guaranteed pamphlet publication, however there is also an opportunity to submit,it a full-length manuscript, which if successful will be published as a book in the Autumn of 2017. The Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Prize is a new single poem prize that will run alongside the International Book & Pamphlet Competition. All entrants to the main competition will automatically be entered into this prize, which will celebrate and showcase the best single poems by entrants to our main International Book & Pamphlet Competition. 1st Prize - £1000 2nd Prize - £250, 3rd Prize - £50 JUDGES: Ian Duhig & Mimi Khalvati
Fee: £28, or £25 for North subscribers, Friends of the Poetry Business and members of the Poetry Society.

Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online





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
5th February 2017 Call for Submissions: Troubadour (An anthology of music-inspired poetry)
for details see
12th February 2017

Elbow Room. The journal is currently open for submissions. We are considering entries for publication this year. Entries are free and the deadline is Feb 12th

The full details are on our website

15th March 2017



Submissions to Voices Israel 2017 Annual Anthology (Volume 43) will be accepted from December 15th.

Submissions are accepted from Voices members and non-members alike. There is no fee for submitting poems to the Anthology. Paid up members of Voices Israel will receive a copy of the anthology once it comes out, whether they are published or not, shipping fees included. Non-members may order copies for NIS50 (US$ 25) each shipping inclusive.


Submissions for the Anthology are accepted from December 15th 2016 to March 15th  2017. Poems will then be sent to the editorial board, reviewed, selected, and notices sent out to contributors.  The anthology will be printed by October 1st or earlier and distributed to paid-up Voices Israel members and others who have ordered and paid for copies.


All submissions must be made online via “Submittable”. To submit your poems online please go to on the Voices website and click the Submit button in the section On Line Submissions.

·       Submit a maximum of 3 poems on any subject.  Poems should not exceed 40 lines including stanza breaks but not including title.

  • Poems should be previously unpublished. However poems that have been included in the monthly Voices Israel Poetry Page attached to the newsletter or were written at Voices workshops and published on the Voices website are acceptable.
  • Translations of living poets' poems are acceptable as long as the translations have not been previously published. The translator must have the permission of the poet if it is not the same person.
  • Fancy or unconventional formatting is not encouraged.
  • Judging is anonymous and the poems will be forwarded to the editorial board without names. No revisions of poems will be accepted after submission!
  • The editor may be contacted if necessary at:


31st March 2017

Parentheses Journal, a new collaborative venture in the quest for sharing art, operates on the quintessence of art for the sake of art.

We are an online journal. Give us your dailies, the mundane still life, tales spurned out of your clay, restless thoughts, unanswered plurals – we welcome poetry, fiction, and art (illustrations, photography, et cetera) from across coasts and climes. Send up to 5 pieces in any one genre. Simultaneous submissions welcome. We are a non-paying venture. We do not accept translations at this point.

Call for Editor-in-Spirit: We call for an editor-in-spirit that understands and wishes to be part of the aesthetic which governs our cause can drop in an expository email before we take it on. Part of the reason for this call is for diversification of content and outreach.






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.


More Details For This Course






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.

More Details For This Course






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.




More Details For This Course







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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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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