the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





 June 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. 



 copland smith and Dave Tarrant

Manchester Poets - Manky Poets





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


Santa Monica, CA 19th June 2018

Red Hen Press Event at Annenberg Beach House: June 19

Time: 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Annenberg Community Beach House

415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

Red Hen Press presents John Barr, Catherine Woodard, Lory Bedikian, Chloe Schwenke, and Bruce Bauman, with music by Nathan Barr for an evening of poetry at the Annenberg Community Beach House, starting at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served! The event is free. Please RSVP to

Kenilworth 20th June 2018 A Midlands launch of Songs for the Unsung at Kenilworth Books, Kenilworth, Warwicks. With Ann Alexander, Joy Howard, Merryn Williams and Pat Winslow. 6.30 � 8pm. 
Wirral 1st July 2018 An afternoon of readings
Sunday 1st July 2018  1.30-5.30pm
West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfields Gardens, West Kirby CH48 4EL
Tickets: Free (Includes Tea)
Licensed bar
Our free  annual community poetry day is back, hosted by Kemal Houghton,  Nikki Bennett and Paul Harris. There will be time to share new poetry books and read new poetry, share poetry about Wirral�s parks and open spaces, with some poetry from the Festival�s 2018 Poetry Picnics and Green Spaces project. There are open mic spots, and we invite you to enjoy another �Poet�s Tea� with plenty of tea and cake!  Jackie Kay will join us to help with the presentation of prizes to winners of the Festival�s annual open poetry competition. For the open mics, there is no need to pre-book, names will be taken on the day or by show of hands
Wirral 1st July 2018 An evening with Jackie Kay
Sunday 1st July 2018  6-7pm
West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfields Gardens, West Kirby CH48 4EL
Tickets: �12
Licensed bar
Jackie is a poet, novelist and playwright, with many distinctions including her current role as the third modern Makar (Scottish poet laureate). Jackie comes to West Kirby on Sunday 1st July to give a reading and book signing at the West Kirby Arts Centre. Join us to hear �one of Scotland�s most celebrated living writers� (The Spectator)





27th August 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. 

Enter by midnight on 27th August 2018

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 June 2018 1st Publication and £100

entry £4

Mad Like Us

Open internationally to writers and artists. Unpublished poems up to 30 lines based in some way on emotional distress or mental ill health.Top prize 5 copies of the book, and £100. Runners up will also be included in the finished book and will receive 2 copies. Judges for each catergory include Eve Nortley Colin Kendall and Rowan Brooks.
Entry: £4 per entry

For full details and how to enter the illustration and flash fiction categories see

8th June 2018 1st £100

entry free

Bread and Roses Poetry Award

The purpose of this award is to create new opportunities for working class people to write poetry, and encourage poets to focus on themes which are meaningful to working class people and communities. 

Enter up to three original, previously unpublished poems in English, each no more than 50 lines long. You must be resident in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland.

There will be five prizes of £100 each.

Entries should broadly deal with themes relevant to working class life, politics, communities and culture.

Winners will be invited to an award ceremony in Durham on 13 July, linked to the Durham Miners’ Gala, with travel and accommodation costs paid.

The best poems will be published in an anthology later in 2018.


15th June 2018 1st £300

entry £5

Seogra International Poetry Competition 2018

Deadline: 15th June 2018

First Prize: £300  2nd £50  3rd £30 and publication on website. Sole Judge: Mario Petrucci

Results announced early August and Invitation to a presentation and workshop event in France

Guidelines and how to enter:

Entry fees £5  £2 50 subsequent entries. This is the 12th year of Segora International Writing Competitions

We support Médecins sans Frontières

Organiser: Jocelyn Simms, I rue de la Sèvre 79380 St André sur Sèvre France

Further details :

15th June 2018 1st  £600

entry £3

George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition 2018

The adjudicator for the George Crabbe Memorial Poetry Competition 2018 is André Mangeot, who is as a respected member of the Sufolk Poetry Society and whose work has featured in many of their events. 

Prizes:  1st: £600    2nd: £300     3rd: £150 Plus two highly commended prizes of £75 each.
Special Prize : £100 for a poem by a poet aged 18-25, not winning another prize.


15th June 2018 1st 

entry £4

Sandwich Arts Week Poetry-Trio Competition

Sandwich Arts Week inaugurate three competitions in one. The competition is divided into three sections so please be clear which you wish to enter:

Poetry Prize (under 18s)
Local Poet Prize (for residents of East Kent)
Sandwich Poet 2018 Prize
With £200 overall in prizes to be won.
16th June 2018 1st  £150

entry £4

A Poem and a Pint Poetry Competition

We're delighted to announce the first A Poem and a Pint Poetry Competition. 

The competition will be judged by Clare Shaw who had two collections published by Bloodaxe, Straight Ahead (2006), shortlisted for the Glen Dimplex New Writers' Award for Poetry, and Head On (2012). Her third collection, Frig, is due from Bloodaxe in 2018.

Clare Shaw will award prizes at the A Poem and A Pint event on Saturday 29 September 2018, when winning and commended poems will be read out.

Winner will be contacted by September 10.

Prizes: First: £150  Second: £100   Third: £50 Prize for young poets aged 14-21: £25.

Prize-winners will be offered a ten-minute reading at the prize giving event on 29 September.


18th June 2018 1st  £200

entry £5

Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition

The Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year Competition 2018 is now open for entries. This is the 12th year of the competition.

Entry is open to all adults over the age of 18 years on 4 October 2018.  National and international entries are welcome.

The poem or poem sequence may be on any subject and in any style but must not exceed 60 lines in length excluding title and line breaks.

Judging panel: Luigi Marchini (Chairman SaveAS Writers Group) Steve Xerri (Poet of the Year 2017) Katherine Peddie (Assistant Lecturer, School of English, University of Kent).

The Winner will be named Canterbury Festival Poet of the Year and receive the University of Kent Prize of £200.   2nd £100 3rd £50  

The Best-Read Poem, as read by the poet, will receive a bottle of Sparkling Wine.


21st June 2018 1st £1,5000

entry £6

The McLellan Poetry Prize 2018 Closing Date 21-June-2018

Details: for a poem in English on any subject, maximum 80 lines

Prizes: 1st £1,500, 2nd £300, 3rd £150 and 6 commendations of £25.

Judge: Sinéad Morrissey

Entry: £6 for first poem, £5 thereafter.

Contact: enter on line or by post. Full details or from The Competition Organiser, The Yellow Land, Whiting Bay, Isle of Arran KA27 8PZ, Scotland, UK enclosing s.a.e.

30th June 2018 3x $25

entry $20

The Poetic Bond VIII (2018)

The eighth annual, international poetry competition in The Poetic Bond series is open for submissions. So far, 176 poets from 30 countries have been published. Poets can submit up to four poems on any subject, in any form, and of any length* (the first 120 will be printed in paperback with a web-link for longer works).

First prize – three poems will be selected from those published in the anthology to receive an award of $25. All poets published will receive two copies of the anthology.   All entrants will receive a free book from the Willowdown catalogue. Entry is £15 ($20) for up to four poems. Deadline 30 June, submission through Submittable

For further information and to enter online visit or

30th June 2018 1st £500

entry £10
London Magazine Poetry Prize
For poems up to 40 lines.  Closing 30th June 2018
Prtizes £500, £300, £200
Entry £10 for the first poem, other poems £5 each.
For Further details
30th June 2018 1st E1,000

entry E25

Fool for Poetry International Chapbook Competition

This competition is open to new, emerging and established poets from any country. The winner will be the highest scoring manuscript entered by a debutant poet with no solo collection (full-length or chapbook) previously published. Up to 25 other entrants will be publicly listed as "highly commended".

1st  €1,000   2nd €500
Manuscripts must be 16 - 23 pages in length. Entrants may enter more than one manuscript. The winners will be selected by a panel of renowned poets including Mary Noonan, Matthew Sweeney, Thomas McCarthy, James Harpur and Leanne O’Sullivan.
Both winners will win a chapbook publication and 50 complimentary copies. The winning chapbooks will be published by Southword editions in March 2019 and will be launched at the Cork International Poetry Festival. It will be offered for sale internationally through the organiser's website and in selected independent book sellers.
The published chapbooks will be reviewed in Southword Journal and elsewhere. The winning poets are also offered a reading and three nights' accommodation at the Cork 2019 International Poetry Festival (27-30 March 2019). 
For more information see
30th June 2018 1st £750

entry £6
Wells Festival of Literature
For poems of no more than 40 lines This year we are introducing a brand new competition for budding Young Poets which is open to anyone aged between 16 and 22 inclusive. The prizes consist of 1st: £150, 2nd: £75, 3rd: £50 plus a year’s membership of the Poetry Society. Young Poets joins the existing three categories: Short Story, Book for Children and Poetry. The prize money in these three competitions is 1st: £750, 2nd: £300 and 3rd: £200. We also offer prizes for local authors: the Hilly Cansdale prize of £100 for Poetry; the Wyvern Short Story prize, also £100, and £100 to the best local author of a Book for Children.
For more details see
30th June 2018 1st  £100 & 15 copies

entry £12

Prole Poetry Pamphlet Competition

One winner will receive £100 and 15 copies of their winning book. The book will also be sold through Prole’s website and copies sent out for review. There is an entry fee of £12 (or £20 for two entries).

All entries to be judged by Mab Jones.

Any profit made after paying out prize money, printing costs, and the judge’s fee will go toward Prole’s continuation as a paying print journal.

Full entry details and details of our judge can be read here:

2nd July 2018 1st £1000

entry  ??

Live Canon: 2018 International Poetry Competition

£1000 first prize for a single poem

Guest Judge: Liz Berry Deadline 2nd July 2018 

Submit at: 

Previous winners include Inua Ellams, Andrew McMillan, Sophie Fenella, Tessa Foley, Lesley Saunders, Aileen La Tourette and Kirsten Irving






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
30th June 2018 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
3th June 2018

Nine Muses Poetry is a new webzine edited and managed by Annest Gwilym, poet and occasional short story writer. It features all forms of poetry by new, emerging and established poets, showcasing the best of contemporary poetry.

30th June 2018

Neon Literary Magazine Open To Submissions

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.
Published writers receive a copy of the magazine and a small royalty. Neon accepts reprints and simultaneous submissions, and we'll try and provide feedback to anyone who supports the magazine. Full details can be found on the guidelines page on the website.






Poetry Kit Online Poetry Courses

Our students have won or been commended in many poetry competitions including the UK National Poetry Competition, 

have  published collections of poetry, been published in anthologies and magazines, in print and online.  They have appeared on Radio and TV

performed their poetry in schools and libraries. 


New courses start 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.

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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~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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