the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





 July 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

Limerick 3rd July 2018

The July 2018 �On the Nail� Literary Gathering

Tues 3rd July 2018 at Chez le Fab, Arthur�s Quay Park, Limerick. Start 8pm

This month, our guests are Jaki McCarrick and Amanda Bell.

Everyone is invited to take part in the open-mic after the main event, poets, storytellers, musicians and writers. Even if you don't write you are welcome to bring something along to read. The night begins at 8.00pm and admission is free. So join us on the night and make this event something special.

Santa Monica 10th july 2018

Join us at Annenberg Community Beach House to hear readings by three award-winning Los Angeles-based poets, William ArchilaVictoria ChangJen Hofer, and a performance by musician Joanna Wallfisch. Reception to follow.

Co-presented by the Poetry Society of America, Red Hen Press, and City of Santa Monica Beach=Culture series
Free and open to the public. Tuesday, July 10, 6:30 PM
Annenberg Community Beach House
415 Pacific Coast Highway
Santa Monica, CA 90402

Wirral 12th July 2018 Pros and Coms
A journey across the Mersey

Thursday 12th July 2018  7pm for 7.30pm
West Kirby Arts Centre, 29 Brookfields Gardens, West Kirby CH48 4EL
Tickets: �6
Licensed bar
A West Kirby Arts Centre Event
Pros and Coms, a Liverpool-based company of musicians, comedians and poets,  performs for the very  first time on this side of the water!  Join us as  they take us on a journey across the Mersey with an eclectic blend of improvised comedy, stand-up comedy, performance poetry and live music with performances from ImrpoQuo (Improvise sketch comedy group) Sian Davies (comedian), wordsmith and performance poet Ged Thompson and singer-songwriter Simon Mckelvie, hosted by Danny Ca
London 17th July 2018

Celebrating Nelson Mandela: His Letters, His Legacy

Description: English PEN hosts a special one-off evening to celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela�s birth. Esteemed guests from the worlds of literature, politics, journalism and activism will come together to perform readings of original letters written by Nelson Mandela during his time in prison, many of which have remained unpublished until now.

Produced and directed by the award-winning Josette Bushell-Mingo, the evening�s stellar line-up will include journalist Gary Younge, poet Jackie Kay, writer and campaigner Zoe Wicomb, Ted Hughes Award-winner Jay Bernard, actor Kwame Kwei-Armah, and composer Errollyn Wallen.

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela will be published by Liveright on 10 July 2018. The book�s editor Sahm Venter and Nelson Mandela�s granddaughter, Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela, will also be involved in the evening�s celebrations.

This event will be BSL interpreted, please contact the Union Chapel with any access requirements.


Date/Time: Tuesday 17 July, 6.30pm (doors)

Venue: Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, N1 2UN

Tickets: �25 | �15 concs | �75 VIP (includes reserved seating and exclusive drinks reception after the event)

Info & booking:

New York 28th 29th July 2018 New York City Poetry Festival
July 28th & 29th, 2018
11am - 6pm each day
Colonel's Row, Governor's Island
Free & open to the public





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


6th July 2018 1st £1000

entry £7

Stephen Spender Prize 2018

Entrants are invited to submit an English translation of a published poem from any language, ancient or modern, together with a commentary of no more than 300 words.

The translation should be max. 60 lines (extracts are accepted).  Entrants must be UK or Irish citizens or residents.

There are three categories: Open (adult), 18-and-under and 14-and-under.

Judges: Margaret Jull Costa, Olivia McCannon, Sean O'Brien.

Prizes:Open category: £1000 (1st), £750 (2nd), £500 (3rd)  -  18-and-under category: £250 (1st), £150 (2nd), £100 (3rd)  -  14-and-under category: one prize of £100


12th July 2018 1st £1000

entry £5.75

Ledbury Poetry Festival Competition

The competition is open to all entries of original, previously unpublished work across categories for Adults, Young People (12-­17 years) and also Children (11 and under). Children and Young People enter their first poem free.

The 2018 Ledbury Poetry Festival Poetry Competition will be judged by Nia Davies. Nia is a poet and editor of Poetry Wales. She has co-curated and participated in several transcultural collaborations, projects and events and her work has been widely translated. Her most recent publications are All fours (Bloodaxe Books, 2017), England (Crater, 2017) and Interversions (Poetrywala, 2018) which documents her collaboration with Kannada poet Mamta Sagar. She is undertaking practice-based research into poetry and ritual at Salford University.

Prizes:First Prize: £1000 cash and a course at Ty Newydd, the National Writing Centre of Wales   2nd  £500  3rd £250


15th July 2018 1st £500

entry £5

Trouble & Strife  A Celebration of Protest Grist Competition 2018

First Prize £500, Second Prize £250 Third Prize £125

2018 marks the centenary of women’s suffrage in the UK. It is a lesser-known fact that 2018 also marks the centenary of working class men being given the vote.

Inspired by the Representation of the People Act 1918, the new GRIST anthology, Trouble & Strife, will showcase poems and stories of protest –celebrations of why and how people have banded together to bring about a change in their own or others lives.

Submissions are welcomed from published and unpublished authors and poets (maximum 5,000 words or 40 lines of poetry).

The judges are  Helen Mort (Chatto and Windus)

Adelle Stripe (Little, Brown)

Kim Moore (Seren/The Poetry Business)

and Alison Teal (Amnesty International Modern Suffragette 2018)

Entry fee £5  Closing date 15 July 2018

Multiple submissions welcome

For queries please contact

Please see  for payment details.

15th July 2018 1st £500

entry  £6

The Annual Ambit Poetry Competition 2018

The Annual Ambit Poetry Competition is now open. We are delighted that Malika Booker will be judging this year and the theme is ‘Home’.

The winners will be announced on 1 September.


First place - £500

Second place - £250

Third place - £100

Winners will also have their work published in Ambit 234.


16th July 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.


21st July 2018 Published in anthology

entry free

The 14th Annual Voices of Lincoln Poetry Contest

The theme for this year’s contest is “The Magic of ‘If . . .’ Through the Power of Poetry.” There are five new categories: “If I Could See The Future,” “If I Could Travel Back In Time,” “If I Had A Robot That Knew Everything,” “If I Believed Anything Was Possible,” “If Money Grew On Trees.”  Poets may submit a maximum of three poems, no more than one in each of three of the five contest categories.

Everyone is encouraged to enter the contest.  Poets do not have to live in Lincoln, CA to be eligible. Young Poets, 18-years of age or under, are encouraged to submit poems and will compete in a special “Young Poets” category. 

Entry Forms and Contest Rules can be downloaded from the following website: 

under “NEWS.”

If you have questions, please contact Alan Lowe, Contest Coordinator, at for assistance.

Winners will read their poems on Sunday, October 14, 2018, at the Voices of Lincoln Special Event to be held from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. in the Willow Room at the Lincoln Public Library at Twelve Bridges, 485 Twelve Bridges Drive, Lincoln, CA. 

25th July 2018 1st  £75

entry £3

Cuplepper’s Remedy Poetry Competition 2018 - For poems of any length on the theme  “HOME”. Our competition will be judged by poet and editor, Lucy Turnbull of  Optimum Poetry Magazine .   First prize is £75 Second £50 and all poems will be considered for our 2018 end of year anthology. All entries must be received by midnight on  25th July 2018.

30th July 2018 1st £250

Entry free

Autumn Voices Over 70 Poetry Competition

Must be over 70 by closing date.         1st £250; 2nd £100; 3rd £50

Closing date: 30th July 2018

Judge: A.C.Clarke

For rules & further information:

31st July 2018

1st  £1000

entry  £5

Winchester Poetry Prize Judge: Liz Berry. Prize-giving will be on Saturday 6th October 2018 at the Winchester Poetry Festival.  First Prize £1000 Second £500, Third £250.  Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at a celebratory reading at the festival.  Winning poems will be published in a prizewinners' anthology.   

Entry fee £5 (£4 subsequent entries)For further details, rules & entry visit
31st July 2018 1st £100

entry £3

You Could Be Heroes

In partnership with Alarms & Excursions and Kirkdale Bookshop, Sydenham Arts’ second annual competition once again provides a platform for writers local and national to share their work with us. This year’s Sydenham Arts Festival brings you the best of emerging talent whilst giving a nod to the most inspirational people in our society. They are looking for stories about our unsung heroes and heroines, and here is your chance to give us their stories through poetry in any style, up to a maximum of forty lines, under the theme Heroes & Heroines.

The competition will be judged by local poets, Racheal Joseph and Isabel White.

You can enter as many poems as you like. Winners will be notified by Monday 13 August 2018.

Prizes: 1st £100 2nd £50  3rd £25
31st July 2018 1st £500

entry free

Betjeman Poetry Prize

For children and young people aged 10-13 living anywhere in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. Write a poem on the theme of 'place'. This years judges are Scottish Makar Jackie Kay and poet Zaffar Kunial. 

The top fifty poems are printed in the BPP 2018 anthology.

Finalists will read their poems on National Poetry Day in front of an audience at St Pancras Station, London, and the winning poet will receive £500, and £5000 for their school..



31st july 2018 1st £100

entry free

Carers UK Creative Writing Competition 2018

Closing date: 31 July 2018

First prize: £100 in high street vouchers and £125 in Specsavers eye-care vouchers.

Entry free

Judge: Cheryl Moskowitz

In our fifth 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 ‘keeping well, keeping connected’. You can interpret this theme in any way you wish. For example, you may want to explore some aspect of physical or mental health, or write about making new friendships. 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 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

For further details and to enter:

31st July 2018 1st Publication

entry £14



TWO winners will have their debut collection published by Indigo Dreams Publishing and receive a royalty contract plus 20 free copies

Submission: 15 poems to 40 lines max.

Entry Fee: £14 per block of poems

Closing Date: 31st July 2018

See full submission rules at

Postal submissions to

Indigo-First,  24 Forest Houses, Halwill, Beaworthy, Devon, EX21 5UU

31st July 2018 1st £300

entry £25

Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2018

The Sentinel Poetry Book Competition 2018 is now accepting entries for full poetry collections by single authors. For the first stage of this competition, poets of all nationalities, living in any part of the world are invited to submit 20 pages of poetry in English Language, on any subject, in any style. Three collections will be published by SPM Publications in the second quarter of 2019.

Each of the three winners will receive 20 complimentary copies of his or her collection. The competitions will be judged by Noel Williams, author of Out of Breath and Point Me at the Stars.

Prizes: Standard publishing contracts plus 1st £300  2nd £200 3rd £100






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 2018

Mastodon Publishing is a new endeavor interested in books, from instructionals teaching a hobby, fiction or poetry, history or memoir, to comics, cookbooks, and art books. We love ideas and imaginative minds, creative minds, and technical minds: anyone with good thoughts and good writing. We want to bring as diverse and uncensored a catalog to life as we can, through print and digital, from short books to large books, technical to creative. Mastodon is Thoughts Made Real.

Find us online at:

Submissions page can be found at:

31st August 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
31st August 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.

Now with a monthly challenge.





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.


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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~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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