the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





 March  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


Aldershot 25th January 2018

Susan Evans+live music+open mic (sign up on night)

Thursday 25 January at 8:15 pm Tickets �5

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

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

details of venue


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






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:

4th January 2018 1st £5,000

entry free

The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry

Prize: £5,000 prize is donated by Carol Ann Duffy, funded from the annual honorarium the Poet Laureate traditionally receives from HM The Queen. The Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry seeks to recognise excellence in poetry, highlighting outstanding contributions made by poets who in the judges opinion, have made the most exciting contribution to poetry in 2017 Judges: Gillian Allnutt, Sally Beamish and Lemn Sissay. Recommendations can only be made by members of the Poetry Society or Poetry Book Society.
Fior further details see 
14th January 2018 1st £120

entry £3

The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry & Photography Competitions2018

Festival, 16, 17, 18 February. The Festival commemorates James Allen (1830 – 1906), who lived in Shepton Mallet and was the first person to hybridise snowdrops from the wild varieties.

Submissions for the Poetry and Photography categories with a top prize of £120. £3 per entry, online or by post with a closing date of January 14, 2018. The Poetry Competition will be judged by poet Alison Brackenbury, based in Gloucestershire, and the Photography Competition by Bill Bradshaw, Somerset photographer. Join the mailing list on the website to stay up to date –

15th January 2018 1st Prizes as listed

entry £5
The Hedgehog Poetry Press - 'The Road To Clevedon Pier' Anthology Competition
Prizes: First Prize is Our Unique Handmade Leather Bound Writer’s Journal,  Publication in the anthology and our magazine along with an interview, a year long subscription to the magazine, copies of the anthology.
All shortlisted poets will also appear in the anthology and naturally receive a copy of the book.
Entry £5 (One Poem), £8 (Three Poems), £10 (Five Poems)
Full details and on-line entry only, via
15th January 2018 1st £1000

entry £5

The Magma Poetry Competition

Two competitions: the Judge’s Prize, judged by Mona Arshi, for poems of 11-50 lines, and the Editors’ Prize, judged by a panel of Magma editors, for poems of up to 10 lines. First prize for the Judge’s and Editors’ Prize is £1000, second prize £300 and third prize £150, plus publication in the magazine; there will also be 5 special mentions for each competition. All entries to be previously unpublished.
Entry Fee: £5 for the first poem, £4 for the second and £3.50 for the third and each subsequent poem. Magma magazine subscribers benefit from reduced fees: £4 for the first poem, £3 for the second, and £2.50 for the third and each subsequent poem.

For further details and to enter, please visit the competition page at

15th January 2018 1st 


Keats-Shelley Prize 2018

A call for poems on the theme of Liberty: a celebration of Shelley's Prometheus Unbound The Keats-Shelley Prize is an annual competition for poems and essays on Romantic themes. Inaugurated in 1998, the Prize encourages all adult writers (over 18) to respond creatively to the work of the Romantics. Writers aged 16-18 are invited to enter the Young Romantics Prize. In 1818, Percy Bysshe Shelley began work on his first and most famous hymn to Liberty – ‘Prometheus Unbound’, based on the myth of the chained Titan Prometheus, who had stolen fire from the Gods of Olympus to give to mankind. “The nations thronged around, and cried aloud, As with one voice, ‘Truth, Liberty, and love!’” It was the forerunner to his ‘Ode to Liberty’ written two years later.The Prize Chair is Liz Lochhead, The Judges’ Panel for Poets will consist of Matthew Sweeney and Jo Shapcott; and for Essayists of Professor Simon Bainbridge and Professor Sharon Ruston. 

For full details and entry forms see

15th January 2018 1st £500

entry free

Writing Armistice - The British Army's Poetry Competition 2018

Poems responding to the theme of Armistice. Poems should be in English and no more than 60 lines. Open Category: £500 first prize, £300 second prize, £100 third prize plus additional commendations. 18 & Under Youth Category: Book tokens to the value of £100 first prize, £50 second prize and further commendations prizes. The Museum of Military Medicine Commendation: £100 Serving Soldier Prize: £200 first prize, £50 second prize and further commendation prizes. Free Entry. Judge is Roy McFarlane, author of 'Starting With Your Last Breath'.
£Free to enter

Full details see

25th January 2018

1st £500



Entry £5
Clochoderick Press Annual Poetry Competition is now calling for entries. We are new press, started up in partnership with Paisley 2021 city of culture bid. Our prizes are as follows: 1St £500, 2nd £200, 3rd £100, 4x £50. Judge: Magi Gibson. Deadline 25th January 2018. Entry Fee £5 per poem (discount for multiples). No theme. 35 lines max per poem. All seven prize winners will be published in our bi-annual literary journal. To submit, please visit: and visit our dedicated page for submissions to our competition.
31st January 2017 1st £200

entry £3

The Prole Laureate Poetry Competition, 2018

Prize  Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 25 in April 2018.

Publication on the Prole website

2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 25.

Publication on the Prole website

Judge  All emtries will be read by our judge, Kate Garrett - details below.

Time scale We will receive entries from August 1st 2017 to January 31st 2018.

Winners will be announced in issue 25 of Prole in April 2018 and on our website by April 20th 2018.

Details We are, as ever, open regarding style, content and length. What we are after is poetry that epitomises the editorial values of Prole: to make writing engaging, accessible, entertaining and challenging. Quality is all.

All work must be the original work of the writer and be unpublished.

Fees  £3.00 for first entry, £2.00 for any subsequent entries.

For more details see

31st January 2017 1st £1000

entry £5

The Plough International Poetry Prize    

Closing date: 31 January 2018

For previously unpublished poems on any subject.

An Open Competition for a poem up to 40 lines plus, new this year,

The Ronald Duncan Short Poem  Competition  –  maximum length 10 lines.

Both competitions will be judged by Michael Symmons Roberts.

The prizes in each category:  1st prize £1,000 – 2nd prize £500 - 3rd prize £250

Entry fee:  £5 per poem in each category.

Contact:  Details and entry forms downloadable from

or obtainable by snail mail upon receipt of a sae from

The Plough Arts Centre, 9 – 11 Fore Street, Torrington EX38 8HQ.

31st January 2018 1st £1000

entry £5

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Poetry Competition

First Prize: £1000, 2nd: £300, 3rd: £100, 4th: 4 x £50 Judge: Helen Ivory. Put name and address on separate sheet – not on poem OR ENTER ON-LINE and pay by Paypal.
Entry Fee: £5 per poem. 3 or more poems: £4 each
For more details,see
Entries to: The Competition Organiser, 26 Courtlands, Teston, Maidstone, Kent, ME18 5AS
31st January 2018 1st £500

entry £4

Teignmouth Poetry Festival 2018 Poetry Competition

Poetry Competition opens 1 November 2017 and closes 31st Jan 2018. Poems on any subject, not exceeding 35 lines. Judge: Pascale Petit. First prize £500, 2nd £250, 3rd £100. Extra prizes of £100, £50, £25 for poets within local postcodes - judge for this Local competition is Liz Diamond. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read at Teignmouth Poetry Festival on 17 March 2018, and winning poems will be published on our website.
Entry Fee: £4 for first poem, £3 for each subsequent poem. Online entries £4.50 each poem.

For more details visit from Nov 1st.

31st January 2018 1st £500

entry £4

The Interpreter's House Poetry Competition Open House 2018

Prizes:First Prize £500, Second Prize £150,Third Prize £100. Poems must be submitted in English and should be a maximum of 50 lines. Entries must be the original work of the entrant. Translations of the work of other poets will not be accepted. Poems must not have been published or be currently submitted for publication. Each poem must by typed in black on one side of A4 using a clear font such as Times or Arial 12 point. Judge Zaffar Kunial
Entry £4 for a single poem £10 for three poems

See website :

31st January 2018 1st Publishing.

entry £20

Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize 2017

Two winners will have a poetry collection up to 52 pages published by award-winning publishers Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive 20 copies. Submission: Selection of 10 poems to 36 lines max. Entry Fee: £20 per block of poems. Publication 2018 if possible to coincide with Geoff’s birth date June 4th All entries must be accompanied by cheque to correct amount made payable to ‘IDP’ or via PayPal. See full submission rules at Postal submissions to Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU
Entry £20 per block of poems
See full submission rules at
Postal submissions to
Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, 24 Forest Houses, Halwill,
Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU
31st January 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 January 31st 2018. Sole judge will be the poet Jenny Lewis.

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.





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





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





PLEASE NOTE Poetry Kit does not accept paid advertising or exchange links.  All listed services are listed because we believe they

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



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