the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





March 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.-


Auburn, AL 9th March 2017
Tangled Weave: Music & Irish Literature. 
Thu 9 Mar, 6.30pm, at Pebble Hill, 101 Debardeleben, Auburn University, Auburn AL 36849, admission: free
Irish poets Anne-Marie Fyfe & Cahal Dallat trace the shared history of Irish writing & the country's centuries-old musical tradition, discovering how words & music together re-created the soul of a nation. In an hour-long mix Cahal's literary/musical history is interwoven with traditional Irish (& a touch of classical) playing on accordion, mandolin & traditional flute—& with Anne-Marie’s choice of readings from Joyce, Yeats & contemporary Irish writers.
New Orleans, LA 18th March 2017 From Brian Boru to the Foggy Dew: Music, Poetry & the Easter Rising. 
Sat 18 Mar, 6pm, Irish Cultural Museum of New Orleans, 933 Conti St, New Orleans LA 70112, admission: $10
In this mix of poem, music, history, life and letters, poet Anne-Marie Fyfe & historian/literary-critic, Cahal Dallat (with mandolin, traditional flute and accordion) from the Glens of Antrim explore the intersections of history with poetry, music & song, over 900 years from 11th century Brian Boru's March by way of Robert Emmett and the 19th century, to WB Yeats's Easter 1916 & that famous post-1916 anthem, The Foggy Dew (written by Cahal's great-uncle
Reading 11th March 2017

The first of a series of events to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Grey Hen Press will be a reading of poems from the anthologies at Reading Central Library Abbey Square RG1 3BQ  on Sat 11th March. 2-4pm.

With: Wendy Klein, Gill Learner, Susan Utting, Jean Watkins and Christine Webb.







19th April 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.  
1st prize is £100. 
The top ten poems will be published in a special edition of CITN
Entry is by email to  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal 
to the account of
all entries must be received before midnight 10th October 2016
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 Poetry Kit Competition
1st March 2017 1st £1000

entry £6

Nature and Place Poetry competition.

Poems are invited that deal with any aspect of nature and place and will be given a very wide interpretation by our judge, Kathleen Jamie.

Not only that, this year RSPB and The Rialto are additionally working with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative. There’s a new prize on offer and prizewinners will be invited to read their poems at an event with Kathleen Jamie at CCI in Spring 2017.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st March 2017.

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.

Prizes  1st PRIZE £1000  2nd PRIZE £500  3rd PRIZE A Place on a Creative Writing Course at Ty Newydd in 2017 (worth £550) 

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 2017 1st  publications

entry  £8

The Poetry Business 2016/17 New Poets Prize

A pamphlet competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 Prizes: Publication by smith|doorstop books following editorial, mentoring and workshops with Peter & Ann Sansom, a place on an Arvon residential course, publication in the North magazine, a launch reading hosted by the Poetry Business and more. The New Poets Prize is a short collection competition for writers between the ages of 16 and 22 (inclusive). This prize will run alongside the renowned International Book & Pamphlet Competition organized by The Poetry Business, which has now been established for 31 years. Entrants are invited to submit short collections of 12 pages of poems. Four outstanding collections will be selected to receive mentoring, readings, publication in the North magazine. One of the four collections will be published as a pamphlet by smith|doorstop. All four winners will also receive a subscription to the North magazine, and will have a launch reading organised by the Poetry Business and a selection of their poems published in the North magazine. Judged by Andrew McMillan

Entries can be submitted by post (with a cheque and completed entry form) or online. For full terms and conditions see website

1st March 2017 1st £1000

entry £28

The Poetry Business 2016/17 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 2017. The Wordsworth Trust Single Poem Prize is a new 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. 1st Prize - £1000 2nd Prize - £250, 3rd Prize - £50 JUDGES: Ian Duhig & Mimi Khalvati
Fee: £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

3rd March 2017 1st £500

entry £8
Neil Gunn Writing Competition 2016-17
Themes: Choose between a) "Wrong is a difficult word" (from Young Art and Old Hector) and b) "Knowledge is high in the head, but the salmon of wisdom swims deep" (from The Green Isle of the Great Deep).
Looking for: Up to 40 lines.
Closing date: 3rd March 2017.
Prizes: 1st prize £500; 2nd Prize £300; 3rd prize £200; highly commended and commendeds.
Entry fee: £8.
Further info: The lead judge for the 2016/17 competition is author Michel Faber.
For queries please email competition administrator
For full information and entry forms please go to
6th March 2017

1st  £100


 entry £4

Hove Grown Poetry Competition Adjudicator: Beth Somerford. Prize-giving will be on 2 April as part of the Hove Grown festival.  First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25.  Smeuse Prize £25 for the best poem with a Brighton/Hove theme.  Entry fee from £4 for one to £15 for six.

Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  

Winning poems will be published in an anthology
For further details, rules & entry form visit
10th March 2017 1st £10,000

entry from publishers only
The Forward Prize for Best Collection (£10,000)
The Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection (£5,000)
The Forward Prize for Best Single Poem (£1,000)
Please let us know, via Submittable, the titles and authors of the collections you are submitting by 10 March 2017.
The deadline for sending us physical copies of the books is 24 March 2017.
20th March 2017



Entry fee £4

The Otley Poetry Prize 2017 Judge by The Otley Town Poet, Matthew Hedley Stoppard.   WIinners to read at Prizegiving event April/ May (date tbc).  Prizes £250, £50 and the Otley Prize for poet connected to the town:   £25.  Entry fee £4    3 for £10

Full details at

20th March 2017

1st  £150


entry £5.00 

Binsted Arts Poetry Competition Adjudicator: Clare Best Prize-giving will be on Saturday 10 June in Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex. First Prize £150 Second £100, Third £50.

Theme ‘Harvest’    entry £5.00 first poem,  £3. 00 all subsequent

Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their winning poems at the festival.  Winning poems will be published on the Festival website

For further details, rules & entry form visit
26th March 2017 £100

entry £3


Three categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each), short stories (any number, between 1,500 and 2000 words each), flash fiction/mini-story (any number, up to 500 words). Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10

There is no theme this year. Open entry. Closing date for the competition 26 March 2017. Entry fee is £3 per poem, £3 per flash fiction piece, £5 per short story.

For full rules go to  or email

31st March 2017 1st E1000

entry £12
The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2017
€1,000 plus publication in The Caterpillar for a single poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Judged by John Hegley. No line limit. You can enter as many poems as you like.  
Entry fee: €12
Closing date: 31 March 2017.
31st March 2017 1st $125 and publication

entry $25

Vallum Chapbook Contest

SUMMARY: Submit 12 - 20 pages of poetry for the chance to be published alongside some of the best poets writing today. 

DEADLINE: March 31st, 2017

FIRST PRIZE: $125 and publication


31st March 2017 1st £500

entry £7

The Aurora Poetry and Short Fiction Competition

Prizes: 1st £500/ 2nd £100/ 3rd £50

Plus the Stonewood Press Prize for the best home-grown talent from the East Midlands: £70 

Entry is £7 for the first story/poem and £6 per subsequent entry.  Submission to the Stonewood Prize is free for those in the East Midlands. 

The judges are the award-winning poet Penelope Shuttle and acclaimed novelist and short story writer Jacob Ross. Entries should be received by Friday 31st March 2017 via or by post to Writing East Midlands Aurora Competition, 32a Stoney St, Nottingham, NG1 1LL. 

1st April 2017 1st $1000

entry free

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest (no fee)

Happy New Year! Our 16th annual Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest welcomes your entry through April 1. There's no fee to enter. Jendi Reiter will judge, assisted by Lauren Singer. We'll award $2,250 in prizes, including a top prize of $1,000. Winners are published on our website.

This contest welcomes published and unpublished work. Your poem may have up to 250 lines. One poem only, please. Submit online via Submittable.
 7th April 2017.  1st €500

entry E10
Poets Meet Politics Competition 2017
Entry fee: €10 is payable per entry of up to three poems.
Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines and must be on any theme related to politics.
Further info: Entries should be previously unpublished in printed or online format, and should not be currently under consideration for publication or competition elsewhere. 





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 March 2017



Submissions to Voices Israel 2017 Annual Anthology (Volume 43) will be accepted from December 15th.

Submissions 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 2016 to March 15th  2017. 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.


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:


31st March 2017

Parentheses Journal, a new collaborative venture in the quest for sharing art, operates on the quintessence of art for the sake of art.

We are an online journal. Give us your dailies, the mundane still life, tales spurned out of your clay, restless thoughts, unanswered plurals – we welcome poetry, fiction, and art (illustrations, photography, et cetera) from across coasts and climes. Send up to 5 pieces in any one genre. Simultaneous submissions welcome. We are a non-paying venture. We do not accept translations at this point.

Call for Editor-in-Spirit: We call for an editor-in-spirit that understands and wishes to be part of the aesthetic which governs our cause can drop in an expository email before we take it on. Part of the reason for this call is for diversification of content and outreach.






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





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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



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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