the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





 February  2018



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


Bradford 12th February 2018

MONDAY. February 12th at the Bradford Beehive Inn. Westgate. BD1 3AA. for an 8.30 start.  Two Guest Readers.😊

This promises to be an excellent evening of poetry, good conversation, real fire, candlelight. Not to be missed, Bring a friend (or two)!!

for further info visit the website,


Gill Lambert is a poet and teacher from Yorkshire and she has been published widely both online and in print. She won the 2016 Ilkley Literature Festival Open mic competition and runs Shaken in Sheeptown in Skipton. Gill's debut pamphlet, 'Uninvited Guests' was published by Indigo Dreams in September 2017.


Mark Pajak was born in Merseyside. His work has appeared in The London Review of Books, Poetry London, The North, The Rialto and Magma. He has been awarded a Northern Writer�s Award, an Eric Gregory Award, first place in The Bridport Prize and has been commended in the National Poetry Competition. His first pamphlet, Spitting Distance, was selected by Carol Ann Duffy as a Laureate�s Choice and is published with smith|doorstop.

plus a read-around.

Aldershot 22nd February 2018

Robert Garnham+live music+open mic (sign up on night)

West End Centre, Queens Road, Aldershot, Hants GU11 3JD

Thursday 22 February at 8:15pm Tickets �5

Book online at, phone 01252 330040 Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm or on the night

details of venue







16th April 2018 1st £100

entry £3.50
This year's competition is for poetry on any subject.
There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed 
that a short poem is just as likely to be selected as a longer one.  
1st prize is £100. 
2nd prize is £50
Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10
Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT
7th February 2018 1st £150

entry £3

Edward Thomas Fellowship Poetry Competition 2018.

Poems are invited on any subject and style and of any length. Closing date February 7th 2018. The judge will be the prize-winning poet Jane Draycott.

Prizes:1st prize  £150, two further £25 prizes. Fees; £3 per poem, £10 for four.

Postal entries welcome, cheques payable to Edward Thomas Fellowship, sent with your details and the anonymised poem(s) to Margaret Keeping,66 Fairacres Road, Oxford, OX4 1TG.

OR: emailed to + fee to the Fellowship’s account,  40-08-21, 11250205 with your  initial and surname as Reference, Competition as description.

15th February 2018 1st Publiucation

entry £2

Forty Words Competition

Adjudicators: The Editorial Team at The Bangor Literary Journal.

The deadline for submissions is 15th February 2018.

For this competition there are two categories:  A mini-poetry category: Enter a poem on any topic, any style and any amount of lines or stanzas, as long as it is 40 words or less. / A mini-fiction category: Enter a piece of prose on any topic, in any style, as long as it is 40 words or less.

First prize for each category: The winning pieces of poetry and prose shall be featured in the first issue of The Bangor Literary Journal, alongside a small feature about the winning writers.  The winners shall have the opportunity to read their winning pieces and be presented with their framed certificates at The Bangor Literary Journal launch event at The Blackberry Path Studios on Saturday 3rd March 2018 and at a later event in September 2018 if suitable. / Second prize for each category: Your piece will feature in the first issue of The Bangor Literary Journal.

Entry fee £2 per submission or 3 submissions for £5

For further details and rules visit:

25th February 2018 1st £600

entry £6

2018 York Literature Festival / YorkMix Poetry Competition

The sole judge for the competition is Andrew McMillan, above.
Full details of this year’s competition, the rules and a link to the entry form are here:
Entry is via online submission. Postal entries will be allowed in some circumstances. Any queries: please email the organisers at:
Closing date for entries is February 25, 2018.

Our first prize is increased to £600, with a runner-up award of £150, a third prize of £75 and a new, fourth prize of £50.

A further prize of £50, the Helen Cadbury Prize (formerly The York Prize) is renamed in honour of the York author, poet and friend of the festival who died last year. The prize is awarded to an excellent poem from an entrant with a York (YO) postcode.

At the judge’s discretion, up to ten Highly Commended and 15 Commended poems will each win their writer a certificate.

The minimum entry fee is £6 for a single poem; £15 for up to two or three; £17.50 for four; £20 for five. There is no limit to the number of poems that can be submitted.

We have teamed up with City Cruises York to stage our gala prize-giving event aboard one of City Cruises York’s fleet, the River Prince on March 25. A limited number of tickets will be available for the presentation, reading of winning poems and a reading from Andrew McMillan. Tickets here:
28th February 2018 1st  £200

entry £4

Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition

Organised every three months …since July 2009, this competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style, up to 50 lines long. All winning and commended poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly magazine (online and in print) – published by SPM Publications. Prizes: £200 (First), £100 (Second), £50 (Third), £20 x 3 (Highly Commended), £10 x 3 (Commended). Judge: Mandy Pannett, author of All the Invisibles
Entry Fee: £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10
Enter Online or download Entry Form at
28th February 2018 1st £600

entry £4

Poets & Players Poetry Competition 2018

We are pleased to announce the 6th poetry competition run by Poets and Players, one of Manchester’s leading organisers of poetry and music events. Judge Pascale Petit 1st Prize: £600 2nd Prize: £200 3rd Prize: £100 Commended poets at the judge’s discretion. Winners will be informed by Friday 12th April 2018 and will be invited to read alongside Pascale Petit at the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester where they will also receive their prize. Entry £4 for one poem or £10 for three poem
Entry by post or email. For full rules and details please see
1st March 2018 1st £1000

entry £6

The RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a fantastic range of prizes on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Michael Longley at CCI in spring 2018.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st March 2018.

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.


1st PRIZE £1000  2nd PRIZE £500  3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2018 (worth £550)


A personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature.

A personal tour with Nick Davies of his beloved Wicken Fen to learn about his research there. Nick is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at the University of Cambridge.

Our judge is celebrated poet, Michael Longley.

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 2018 1st £100

entry £4

The Waltraud Field Open Poetry Competition  (Run by the Crewe and District Writers’ Circle) Adjudicator of short list : Roger Elkin. 

First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25
entry £4  (3 for £10)
For further details, rules & entry form visit
1st March 2018 1st Publication

entry £28

The Poetry Business 2017/18 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 2018. The laureate Prize, judged by Carol Ann Duffy is a 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. Prizes -A share of £2000 cash, a launch reading at the Wordsworth Trust. Judges Liz Berry, David Constantine.
Entry  £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

2nd March 2018 1st £20,000

entry free
The 2018 Edwin Morgan Poetry Award is accepting entries now. The sum of £20,000 will be awarded for the best unpublished collection of poems by a Scottish poet aged 30 or under. The runner-up will receive £2,500 and other shortlisted poets £1,000.Conditions for entry have changed a little for 2018. Whereas in previous years a collection could either be published or unpublished, it must now be unpublished; it can be submitted if it has been accepted for publication so long as the collection doesn’t appear in print before the announcement of the Prize, which will take place at the Edinburgh International Book Festival in August. Poets should be no older than 30 years of age on the first day of January in the year of the Award, i.e. 1 January 2018 for the 2018 Award. Furthermore, those taking part must either have been born in Scotland, or continuously resident in Scotland for the last three years, or brought up in Scotland, or have a Scottish parent.There will be two judges on the panel, one of whom will always be Scottish.The judges for the 2018 award are Janice Galloway and John Glenday. Three copies (hard copy, not electronic) of an unpublished collection should be submitted.

Entries should be sent to:Edwin Morgan Poetry Award,  Scottish Poetry Library, 5 Crichton’s Close, Canongate, EDINBURGH EH8 8DT

For rules and full details

5th March 2018 1st Publishing and reading

entry E10

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries again for its exciting annual poetry competition. 

Poems entered in the competition should be no more than 32 lines long. They must be the original work of the entrant. Poems previously published in magazines or poetry collections are eligible. Multiple entries are accepted; poets can enter as many poems as they wish.

*the winner will have her or his poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway as part of the 2018 Poems For Patience. Poems For Patience is a long running series which over the past decade has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Jane Hirschfield, Michael Longley, Naomi Shihab Nye, Vona Groarke, Tess Gallagher and many more. The poems after exhibition on the Arts Corridor are then displayed in waiting areas throughout Galway University Hospitals.

*the winner will be invited to read his or her winning poem at the launch of the 2018 Poems For Patience at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April 2018.

*the winner will be provided with accommodation in Galway if travelling for one night during the 2018 Cúirt International Festival of Literature

*the winner will be given a copy of their poem printed and framed as a Poem for Patience poster

*the winner will be asked to submit six poems for consideration to be a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading series in Galway City Library.

ENTRY FEE: to enter one poem the fee is €10. If you enter two or more poems the entry fee is €7.50 per poem i.e. to enter two poems it costs €15, to enter three poems €22.50 and so on.

Payment should be made by cheque or postal order payable to Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust. Alternatively for online transfer contact the arts office.  Details below.

Entries should be sent by post to Margaret Flannery, Arts Director, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, Galway University Hospitals, University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway. Do not put your name on the poems; please include your contact details on a separate sheet. 

THE CLOSING DATE is Monday, March 5th 2018

THE JUDGE: The competition judge is Kevin Higgins.

For further details: Tel: +353 (0)91 544979 Email:    






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
15th February 2017 Optimum Poetry Zine  We are looking to publish the very best contemporary poetry. We will accept the original poetry from around the world in any form and any subject We are open for submissions.  Send up to five poems to Lucy Turnbull at
28th February 2018 Alternative art and literature magazine The Matador Review is accepting work for Spring 2018 until February 28, 2018. We seek all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art. Information can be found at Submissions can be sent to
15th March 2018


Submissions to Vol.44 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 2017 to March 15th  2018. 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. Copyright for individual poems is retained by the author of each poem. Copyright for the anthology belongs to Voices Israel Group of Poets in English.


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:





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.




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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