the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





July 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.-


London 7th July 2017

Poetry in Performance | PRAXIS 7
With performances by Sophie Seita with Erin Robinsong and Iris Colomb 
Friday 7 July, 7pm

�5 suggested donation | Booking required 

PRAXIS is an innovative live poetry series that seeks to bring experimental, digital, sound and visual poetry to Parasol unit. This series of events is curated by poet and musician Simon Pomery in association with the Royal Holloway Poetics Research Centre.

Website link

Sale 8th July 2017 A Grey Hen Press 10th Anniversary event in Sale.  Julia Deakin, Susanna Harding, Joy Howard, Janet Loverseed and Frances Nagle will read poems from all the Grey Hen anthologies on Saturday 8th July at Sale Library, Sale Waterside M33 7ZF.  2-4 p
West Kirkby 9th July 2017

Simon Armitage � reading and book signing Sunday 9th July, 2017  6.00-7.30pm
Simon will refer to Walking Home and Walking Away , but also read from his new collection of poems The Unaccompanied.

West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens,  West Kirby CH48 4EL
Tickets �12

West Kirkby 9th July 2017

Community Poetry Day Sunday 9th July 2.00-5.30pm
Walk in Poetry Day!

2.00-3.30pm Open Mic Poetry and invited guest poets in two venues (three if more demand)

3.30pm Tea break
4.00-5.00pm Celebration of Poetry and Walking (outputs from the pre Festival workshops)
5.00pm Annual Poetry Competition Prize giving
West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfield Gardens,  West Kirby CH48 4EL
West Kirby Library, The Concourse, West Kirby CH48 4HX

Free admission. Please register to read using the online form
London 11th July 2017

Poetry Workshop Abstract Witness With poet & musician Simon Pomery

6:30 - 8:30 pm �8/6 (conc) � Booking required

Using the work of abstract painter Monique Frydman as a visual and sensual inspiration, you will be guided through a series of writing exercises designed to unlock your creativity. Engage with poems and texts that use abstract processes to 'witness' something new and exciting!

 Simon Pomery is a poet and record producer researching a critical PhD in experimental poetry at Royal Holloway. The workshops are currently co-produced with visual artists, Labern&Lloyd of the drawing shed.

Image credit: Simon Pomery| Website link:

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
14 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7490 7373

Hoylake 12th July 2017

Ian McMillan and Tony Husband  Wednesday 12th July, 201  7.30pm

A Cartoon History of Here
Hoylake Social Club, 11 Trinity Road, Hoylake CH47 2BR
Tickets �12

London 13th July 2017


MIRIAM CALLEJA - fresh, intimate and sensual verse from fine bilingual Maltese poet, making a rare visit to London. An extended set will include selections from recent collections, Pomegranate Heart and Inside Skin. This much-travelled writer has read at events in London, Malta and New York and is renowned for her creative workshops at home.

LIZZIE SHIRLEY - Let hope take the stage as this rousing radical songwriter whips up a passionate storm of solidarity to banish post-election blues.     

OPEN-MIC SPOTS sign up by 7pm           

Thursday 13th July 2017, 7.30pm

The King & Queen, 1 Foley St, London, W1W 6DL

�7 & 6 concessions - open-mic spots �4

Info: 01303 243868;

Goodge Street tube.


dodo modern poets letting fly with words

Glasgow 27th July 2017

A Grey Hen Press 10th Anniversary event in Glasgow.  A C Clarke, Joy Howard,Mandy Macdonald, Anne B Murray, Helena Nelson and Sheila Templeton will read a selection of poems from all the Grey Hen anthologies at The Glasgow Women�s Library, 23 Landressy St, GL40 1BP. 2-4 pm.





23rd October 2017 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.   Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.

1st prize is £100.

Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.orgn   after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of all entries must be received before midnight 23rd October 2017 Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees are as follows; 

1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10

For further details and to enter online see

13th July 2017 1st £1000

entry £5

Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition 2017

Categories: Adult/ 17 and Under/ 11 and under. Judge: Fiona Sampson. Theme: Any. The length of each poem must not exceed 40 lines. Prizes: Adults: First Prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, The National Writers' Centre for Wales., Second Prize: £500, Third Prize: £250. Young People: 12-17: First Prize: £100, Second Prize: £50, Third Prize : £25. Children: (11 and under): First Prize: £25 book token, Second Prize: £15 book token, Third Prize: £10 book token. All winners get a chance to read at the Ledbury Poetry Festival in 2018.
Adults: £5.00 for first poem, £3.50 for additional ones. Children/Young People: First poem free, £1.50 for additional poems. Entry processing fee: £0.75 (where there is a fee).

For online entry and more information see website:

14th July 2017 1st publication

entry £6

Wasafiri New Writing Prize 2017

Categories: Fiction, Poetry and Life Writing The competition is open to anyone around the world who has not published a complete book in their chosen category. Word limit is 3000 or 5 poems max Judges: Sabrina Mahfouz, Andrea Stuart, Boyd Tonkin and Susheila Nasta (Chair)
Entry £6.00 if entering one category, £10.00 for two and £15.00 for three categories.
For details and online application form:
15th July 2017 1st $750

entry $25

Vallum Award for Poetry 2017
Our judge this year is Nicole Brossard. Her accolades include being shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize, two Governor General's Awards, and most recently a Pushcart Prize for poems published in Vallum. We are honoured to have her as our judge!

1st Prize: $750
2nd Prize: $250
+ publication in Vallum

Submit 1-3 poems of maximum 60 lines each. You may submit more than once.
ENTRY FEE: $25 CAD for Canadian entrants, $25 USD for US and international entrants. All Canadian and US entrants receive a free one-year print subscription to Vallum magazine!

DEADLINE: July 15, 2017

30th July 2017 1st £500

eentry £4
Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poetry Competition
Prizes: £500, £150, £100 Length: 20 lines maximum Poems to be on the subject of: Flights of Fancy. Judge: Carrie Etter. 10 finalists plus a local prize for BA15 postcode entrants. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their entry at a prize-giving event at Bradford on Avon Arts Festival on Sunday September 17th, which will also feature a reading by Carrie Etter. Run in association with the Words & Ears Reading Series, Bradford on Avon:
Entry Fee: £4 per poem, 3 poems £10.

To enter and  rules see website

30th July 2017 1st  £300

entry £4
Penfro Book Festival Poetry Competition
For poems of up to 40 lines. Top prize: £300. Top 3 poems published on website. Winners announced at the PENfro Book Festival, Rhosygilwen, Pembrokeshire, SA43 2TW, September 8-10 . Richardson. Poems should be loosely based on a myth or legend. Online entry preferred, or download entry form from website and submit by post. The Penfro Book Festival competitions for first chapter and short radio drama are now open see festival website details.
Entry £4 a poem

For full details  see

31st July 2017 1st Prizes

entry free
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award
Open to writers aged 11-17. For poems of any length and on any theme. Judges, Sinéad Morrissey and Kayo Chingonyi. All 100 winners will be invited to a prestigious Awards Ceremony in London. Each year we select 100 winners (top 15 winners and 85 commended poets) of the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award who receive a range of fantastic prizes.The top 15 winners will have their poems printed in the winners’ print anthology, over 20,000 copies of which are distributed to school libraries and poetry enthusiasts. The anthology is also available online. The 85 commended poets will have their work published in an online anthology and their names in the print anthology. The top 15 Winners will be invited to attend a life-changing residential writing course at one of the prestigious Arvon Centres, or receive mentoring from a professional poet (age dependent)

Enter online at
Request an entry form by writing to
Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award, 22 Betterton Street, London, WC2H 9BX
Or email

31st July 2017 1st trip to Montreal for festival

Entry $25

Winning Lit POP means a free trip to Montreal, a VIP pass to the POP Montreal International Music Festival featuring over 450 bands, free hotel, a ceremony in your honour, publication in Matrix and more. Now open to residents of North America and Europe, Lit POP is a truly unique literary competition.

We are celebrating our tenth anniversary by featuring both one of fiction's rising stars and an iconic poetry legend as our judges. We are looking for your best stories and poems. Winners will have a starring role at POP Montreal this fall!

Our 2017 judges are Saleema Nawaz (Fiction) and Eileen Myles (Poetry).

This contest is open to residents of Canada, the United States, and Europe. The final deadline for all submissions is July 31st, 2017. Winners will be notified in August. Poets are asked to send no more than five poems; fiction writers should send stories of no more than 4000 words. Each entry is 25$.

Entries can be made through Matrix's Submittable app
31st July 2017

1st  £1000

entry fee £5
Winchester Poetry Prize Judge: Sarah Howe. Prize-giving will be on Saturday 14th October 2017 at the Winchester Poetry Day.  First Prize £1000 Second £500, Third £250.  Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the Winchester Poetry Day.  Winning poems will be published in a prizewinners' anthology.  Entry fee £5 (£4 subsequent entries)
For further details, rules & entry form visit
31st July 2017 1st £100

entry  free

Carers UK Creative Writing and Photography Competition 2017

Closing date: 31 July 2017

First prize: £100 in high street vouchers

Entry free

Judge: Cheryl Moskowitz

In our fourth creative writing competition we’re welcoming poems and short stories on all aspects of caring, but we’d particularly like to receive entries on the theme of ‘This was not in the plan’. Sooner or later, most of us will face the challenge of caring for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, but it can often happen unexpectedly. This year, for the first time, we are also welcoming entries of photographs on the theme of ‘This is caring.’ We’d love to see images which capture the hidden joys, challenges and day-to-day reality of looking after someone. In November we will be producing an anthology of the winning and commended entries, plus poems and stories selected by Carers UK members, staff and trustees.

The competition is free to enter and open to UK residents. Entries must be unpublished, in English, and not a translation of another author’s work.

You can enter:

·         up to two poems, each no longer than 40 lines

·         one short story, of up to 1,000 words

·         up to four photographs 

For further details and to enter:

31st July 2017 1st £150

entry  £4

Settle Sessions Poetry Prize 2017

PRIZES: 1st prize £150, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £75 ( A ‘Young Poet’ prize of £50 will be awarded from the entrants aged 18-21) JUDGING:Kim Moore. You must be over 18 to enter. Maximum length is 40 lines.
£4 for one poem, £10 for 3 poems. Cheques made payable to Settle Sessions.
Full competition details: Entries should be posted to Settle Sessions, 3 Tillman Close, Settle, North Yorkshire BD24 9RA . Please use the correct postage; no excess charges will be accepted.Winners will be notified by 6th September 2017
31st July 2017 1st £100

entry free

Carers UK Creative Writing and Photography Competition

First prize: £100 in high street vouchers. Judges: Cheryl Moskowitz (poems and stories) Bella West (photography) In our fourth creative writing competition we’re welcoming poems and short stories on all aspects of caring, but we’d particularly like to receive entries on the theme of ‘This was not in the plan’. Sooner or later, most of us will face the challenge of caring for a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill, but it can often happen unexpectedly. This year, for the first time, we are also welcoming entries of photographs on the theme of ‘This is caring.’ We’d love to see images which capture the hidden joys, challenges and day-to-day reality of looking after someone. In November we will be producing an anthology of the winning and commended entries, plus poems and stories selected by Carers UK members, staff and trustees. Entry fee: Free Contact: For further details and to enter:
31st July 2017 1st  £200

entry £8
David Burland Poetry Prize 2017
First Prize: £200,- Second Prize: £100 Third Prize: £50 Winning poems will be published in the 2017 ‘Poetic Art’ Anthology. Three poems awarded a ‘Special Mention’ will receive a copy of the Poetry CD ‘Michel François and Friends’and also published in the Anthology Judges:Michel François and R Friedman
Entry : £8,- (1st poem), £4,- each extra poem

See website for details:
7th August 2017 1st £500

Poetry Book Fair Competition 2017
We’re looking for a short poem (14 lines max.) about hope to welcome visitors to this year’s Poetry Book Fair in London on Saturday 30th September 2017. The winner will receive £500 Grand Prize + a short reading at the Poetry Book Fair; three runners up will each receive £50 and a short reading at the Poetry Book Fair. Winning poems will also be displayed to hundreds of visitors on the day Judged by Joey Connolly, Chrissy Williams & Special Guest Judge: Daljit Nagra.
Entry £5 one poem, or three poems £10.






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
31st July 2017

The new issue of Phenomenal Literature is released and you can find its details on its website Now we are looking for submissions for the next issue of VerbalArt: A Global Journal Devoted to Poets and Poetry. Submission guidelines can be found at The last date of submission is 31 July 2017 and the next issue will come out by 30 Sep 2017.

we are also looking for submissions for International Poetry Anthology. For more details visit:-

31st August 2017

The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. We publish poetry, fiction, flash fiction, and creative non-fiction, inviting all unpublished literature written in the English language (and translations that are accompanied by the original text) as well as many forms of visual art.
We are accepting submissions for our Fall 017 publication through August 31.
Our purpose: to promote "alternative work" from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. For us, alternative is a way of voice and experience. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude.
Submission information can be found at:
Submissions can be sent to

Questions and concerns can be sent to

31st August 2017 Peeking Cat Anthology 2017
Our first anthology was a great success, so we're doing it all again this year! Send in your submissions of poetry, flash fiction and artwork (black and white only) by 31st August - see the
submission guidelines for full details. Please also clearly state whether your work is being submitted for the anthology or the magazine!
Need some inspiration? Peeking Cat Anthology 2016 is available in paperback and hardback on, in paperback on Amazon, and on Kindle.
Find all the links here.
31st August 2017

Neon is a UK-based literary magazine that publishes poetry, prose, and artwork from anywhere in the world. At the moment we're looking for submissions to be published in our next and future issues. We're particularly interested in seeing work that relates to our upcoming themes of "The Apocalypse" and "Futurism", but welcome unthemed work as well.

31st August

Post - We are a new online poetry journal based in Montreal, Canada. We are currently open for submissions for our first issue. The deadline to submit is August 31, 2017. We accept submissions in English and French. Submissions should be 3 pages long maximum, and can be sent to Our website is We intend to put out two issues per year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. The poems will be published alongside photographs by emerging artists. Here is a short description of what we are looking for, copied from our website:

"The purpose of this online journal is to seek new poetic tools to represent contemporary society, which is characterized by globalization (suppression of geographical borders, blending of languages) and plurality (fluidity in any and every form, fragmentation of identities).

We want to read poems of all kinds (free verse, narrative, experimental, fragmentary, usw.), in English, in French, in Frenglish, short poems, long poems, lyrical poems or mechanical poems or lyrico-mechanical poems, urban poems, poems that taste like soil, poems that mix the old and the new."





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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~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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