the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett

 

 


 


THE POETRY KIT NEWSLETTER

 April 2018


 

NEWSLETTER CONTENTS

1 - Editors Notes

2 - Special events this month

3 - Competitions closing soon

 4 - Calls for Submissions

5 - Poetry Courses

 6- Writers Services

 

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1EDITORS NOTES

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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

http://www.poetrykit.org/infoform.htm

 

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 info@poetrykit.org for information.  Visit the PK List website. 

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TED SLADE AWARD JOINT WINNERS 2018

 copland smith and Dave Tarrant

Manchester Poets - Manky Poets

 

READ MORE ABOUT THIS AWARD

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2 - SPECIAL EVENTS

There is a full listing of regularly held events and festivals from around the world at the Poetry kit website.- www.poetrykit.org

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Regular Open Mic Events in the UK

 

Kingston upon Thames 8th March 2018

English PEN Modern Literature Festival

 7-9pm at  All Saints Church, 14-16 Market Pl, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1JP

Web address: englishpen.org
Poets, novelists, playwrights and artists come together in solidarity. UK-based writers present new work � poetry, text, reportage, performance � celebrating and evidencing the struggle of fellow writers around the world.

The evening will include work by:

Mona Arshi for Zehra Dogan

Helen Palmer for Me Nam

Sara Upstone for Dawit Isaak

Adam Baron for Can D�ndar and Erdem G�l

Prudence Chamberlain for Patiwat Saraiyaem and Pornthip Munkhong

Eley Williams for Tsering Woeser

David Spittle for Ahmedur Rashid Chowdhury (Tutil)

Presented by Writers� Centre Kingston and curated by SJ Fowler and Cat Lucas, this event is part of the wider English PEN Modern Literature Festival www.theenemiesproject.com/englishpen

Aldershot 22nd March 2018

Tina Sederholm+ live music +open mic (sign up on night)

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

Thursday 22 March at 8:15pm Tickets �5

Book online at www.westendcentre.co.uk, phone 01252 330040 Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm or on the night

details of venue https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/west-end-centre

 

Aldershot 24th March 2018

Roger Mc Gough+Little Machine

Saturday 24 March at 7:30 Tickets �20

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

Book online at www.westendcentre.co.uk or phone 01252 330040 Mon-Fri 10am-5.30pm

details of venue https://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/west-end-centre

 

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3 - COMPETITION DEADLINES - OTHER COMPETITIONS CAN BE FOUND AT

http://www.poetrykit.org/comps.htm 

SEE POETRY KIT LISTINGS PAGE FOR SHORT STORY COMPETITIONS

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16th April 2018 1st £100


entry £3.50
POETRY KIT SPRING COMPETITION 2018
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. 
2nd prize is £50
Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10
Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ENTER ONLINE SEE www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm 
5th March 2018 1st Publishing and reading



entry E10

Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust is seeking entries again for its exciting annual poetry competition. 

Poems entered in the competition should be no more than 32 lines long. They must be the original work of the entrant. Poems previously published in magazines or poetry collections are eligible. Multiple entries are accepted; poets can enter as many poems as they wish.

*the winner will have her or his poem published and displayed on the Arts Corridor of University Hospital Galway as part of the 2018 Poems For Patience. Poems For Patience is a long running series which over the past decade has featured poems by leading Irish and international poets such as Seamus Heaney, Philip Schultz, Jane Hirschfield, Michael Longley, Naomi Shihab Nye, Vona Groarke, Tess Gallagher and many more. The poems after exhibition on the Arts Corridor are then displayed in waiting areas throughout Galway University Hospitals.

*the winner will be invited to read his or her winning poem at the launch of the 2018 Poems For Patience at the Cúirt International Festival of Literature in April 2018.

*the winner will be provided with accommodation in Galway if travelling for one night during the 2018 Cúirt International Festival of Literature

*the winner will be given a copy of their poem printed and framed as a Poem for Patience poster

*the winner will be asked to submit six poems for consideration to be a Featured Reader at the Over The Edge: Open Reading series in Galway City Library.

ENTRY FEE: to enter one poem the fee is €10. If you enter two or more poems the entry fee is €7.50 per poem i.e. to enter two poems it costs €15, to enter three poems €22.50 and so on.

Payment should be made by cheque or postal order payable to Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust. Alternatively for online transfer contact the arts office.  Details below.

Entries should be sent by post to Margaret Flannery, Arts Director, Galway University Hospitals Arts Trust, Galway University Hospitals, University Hospital, Newcastle Road, Galway. Do not put your name on the poems; please include your contact details on a separate sheet. 

THE CLOSING DATE is Monday, March 5th 2018

THE JUDGE: The competition judge is Kevin Higgins.

For further details: Tel: +353 (0)91 544979 Email: Margaret.Flannery@hse.ie    

14th March 2018 1st £250

entry £5

Brittle Star Competition

Brittle Star magazine's inaugural poetry and short story competition. Open competition of poems and stories in English. Judges: Pascal Petit (poetry), Nicholas Royle (stories) and Brittle Star editor Jacqueline Gabbitas. Prizes in each genre: 1st £250, 2nd £50, 3rd £25.All poems must have a title and not exceed 60 lines.
Entry : £5 for 1st entry then £3.50 subsequent entries. Brittle Star subscribers get second entry free.

For more details and an entry form please visit http://www.brittlestar.org.uk

16th March 2018 1st £200


entry free

Never Such Innocence aims to engage children and young people aged 9-16 with the First World War through poetry, art and song. We welcome poetry and song entries in all languages, and art in any medium. Each entry receives a personalised Certificate of Commendation for entering, there are cash prizes up for grabs for pupils and their schools, and winners will be invited to a special awards ceremony.

Our competition is free to enter and you could have the chance of winning some amazing prizes. For further information about how to enter the competition, the prizes and our rules visit our website, www.neversuchinnocence.com

21st March 2018 1st Reading spot and fee



entry free
We are asking poets and Instagrammers alike to share their work on Instagram, by tagging the library @nationalpoetrylibrary and using the hashtag #instapoetrylib. We are also looking for short poetry films which should be submitted using the same hashtag.
The best of these will be displayed in an exhibition at the National Poetry Library. From striking typographic design, to social comments and emotional confessions, this exhibition provides the perfect introduction to this emergent form of poetry.

How to enter

Participants can start publishing their Instapoems and short films right now, and can continue to do so until Wednesday 21 March.
All entries must be posted on Instagram using #instapoetrylib and tagging the library too (@nationalpoetrylibrary). Make sure you do this otherwise we might not see your entry! Only one entry per person.
By submitting your poems you are agreeing for your entry to be shown in the exhibition at the library.
We welcome you to play around with the form using images, illustrations, different typefaces or anything creative you want to explore - there are no limits! We are looking for interesting designs as well as strong poetic content.
31st March 2018 1st $1000 plus Publication

entry $25

The 2018 Hudson Prize

Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication. 

31th March 2018 1st E1,000

entry E12

The Caterpillar Poetry Prize 2018

€1,000 for the best poem written by an adult for children aged 7–11. Judged by Chrissie Gittins. The winning poem will appear in the summer issue of The Caterpillar. Anyone over 16 can enter, as long as the poem is previously unpublished. Closing 31 March 2018. See thecaterpillarmagazine.com.

31st March 2018 1st £700

entry £5
BATTERED MOONS POETRY COMPETITION
For UK residents. Adjudicators: JACOB SAM LA-ROSE and Cristina Navazo-Eguía Newton.
Entry fee: £5 for first poem and £3.50 thereafter.
First £700   Second: £200   Third: £100    Commendations:£25 x4
The 3 winners and 4 commended poets will be invited to read their poems at the Poetry Swindon Festival on Saturday 6th October, when Jacob Sam La-Rose will hand out prizes and read from his work. Winning and commended poems will appear in the Battered Moons Poetry Pamphlet and website. Supported by Arts Council England, Artswords and Poetry Swindon

Website:  http://batteredmoons.com/ or  http://www.richardjefferies.org/battered-moons
31st March 2018 1st £75


entry £4

The Brian Dempsey Memorial Poetry Competition

The competition opens on 1st January 2018 and the closing date for entering poems is 31st March. The competition will be judged anonymously by Janice and Dónall Dempsey. Prizes: 1st Prize: £75 plus publication of a 30 page pamphlet and 10 copies. 2nd Prize £50 3rd Prize £25. All shortlisted and winning poems will be published in our 2018 Anthology, along with selected poems by invited poets. All the contributors will receive a copy of the book when it's published and launched on July 2nd 2018. Poems may be of any length and on any subject. They should not have been published before, online or in print.
Entry : £4.00 1 poem, 3 poems: £7.00, each entry over 3 poems: £2.00 per poem

For full competition details see http://www.dempseyandwindle.co.uk/competition.htm

31st March 2018

1st  prize  £100

Entry fee £3

THE FEDERATION OF WRITERS SCOTLAND VERNAL EQUINOX COMPETITION 2018

Three categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each), short stories (any number of stories between 1,500 and 2000 words each) and flash fiction (any number of stories up to 500 words).

Entry fee £3 per poem and flash fiction, £5 per short story

Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10

For full rules and how to enter go to

https://federationofwritersscotland.wordpress.com/tag/competitions/

or email accclarke6@btopenworld.com
31st March 2018 1st Publishing contract


entry £10
Cinnamon Press Poetry Pamphlet Prize
Prize: 4 prizes of 30 copies plus publishing contracts for each of the four winners.
Open to beginners and established writers
Judged by Ian Gregson.
The fee is £10
Deadline: 31 March, 2018.
Link: https://www.cinnamonpress.com/index.php/competitions/poetry-pamphlet-prize
1st April 2018 1st  $1000



entry free

Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest

Judges: Jendi Reiter, assisted by Lauren Singer

17th annual free contest sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest). Submit one humor poem online via Submittable. No fee to enter. Length limit: 250 lines. Both published and unpublished work accepted. All entries that win cash prizes will be published online. See guidelines, past winners, and enter online at https://winningwriters.com/wergle

9th April 2018 1st £150


entry £5

Binsted Arts Festival Poetry Competition Adjudicator: Jeremy Page. Prize-giving will be on Friday 8 June in Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex. First Prize £150, Second £100, Third £50.

Theme ‘Country’.
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 http://www.binsted.org/poetry-comp-18

16th April 2018 1st £100


entry £3.50
POETRY KIT SPRING COMPETITION 2018
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. 
2nd prize is £50
Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    £3.50 3 Poems  £8.00 5 poems  £10
Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT
FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ENTER ONLINE SEE www.poetrykit.org/comp-spring.htm 

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4 - CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

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ongoing CAUGHT IN THE NET FEATURED POET SERIES 

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 info@poetrykit.org mark subject “poetry submission” 

 

ongoing Poetry Super Highway poet of the week   http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/category/poets_of_the_week/
15th March 2018

VOICES ISRAEL 2018 ANTHOLOGY – REQUEST FOR SUBMISSIONS

Submissions to Vol.44 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.

GUIDELINES

Submissions for the Anthology are accepted from December 15th 2017 to March 15th  2018. 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. Copyright for individual poems is retained by the author of each poem. Copyright for the anthology belongs to Voices Israel Group of Poets in English.

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS

All submissions must be made online via “Submittable”. To submit your poems online please go to http://www.voicesisrael.com/anthology.htm 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.

IMPORTANT!  PLEASE NOTE THAT POEMS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONE BY ONE ON SUBMITTABLE. EACH POEM IN A SEPARATE SUBMISSION. PLEASE DO NOT TRY TO SUBMIT 2 OR 3 POEMS AT ONCE.

  • 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: VoicesIsraelPoetryAnthology@gmail.com
31st March 2018

Call for submissions
Africa, the UK and Ireland: Writing Politics and Knowledge Production
Finding Common Strands to Move Beyond Neocolonial and Post-Colonial Structures and Discourses, Volume 1
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After over 500 years of contact between Africa, the UK and Ireland, and as Africa and her erstwhile colonial master, the UK, continues forging for a more closer constructive engagement that’s beneficial to all, we decided to do an anthology of writings (essays (both scholarly and general), fiction, mixed genres, poetry and plays) that focuses on politics and knowledge production. We believe and feel strongly that (re)imagining and (re)writing on these would help both the UK, Ireland and Africa to find common strands to move beyond neocolonialism and postcolonial discourses and structures into the 21st century and beyond; as mutual, respectful and beneficial partners. We are open to any writing that delves directly or indirectly with these pertinent issues, in any of the genres noted, any topic, any style....., from writers of these regions and countries. Send us your best essays, literary fictions, non-fictions, plays, poetry, mixed genres etc, in English language(s) (or English translations). Send work in only one genre of your choice!
Poetry (3 poems per poet, preferably short poems but we are still open for long poems)
Prose, plays and mixed genres (I piece per writer, of not more than 10 000 words)
Work must be sent in only one attached document, also include your contact details in this document, i.e., Postal address, Tel no, Email address and a bio note of not more than 100 words.
Please send your entries to Tendai R. Mwanaka at mwanaka13ATgmailDOTcom
Closing date for entries is 31 March 2018
No free hard copies for contributors and no royalties but contributors will get an ecopy and also benefit immensely through publicity into both continents and worldwide.
Please adhere to submission guidelines, failure of which we won’t consider your work!!
NB: help us pass the call to your networks of writers from Africa and The UK and Ireland


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5 - COURSES

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Poetry Kit Online Poetry Courses

FAQ   

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

 

ENROL ON 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

 

ENROL ON 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

More Details For This Course

 

 ENROL ON THIS COURSE

 

         

Mentoring

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.

 

More Details For This Course

 

 ENROL ON THIS COURSE  

 

 

Critique

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.

 

 

More Details For This Course

 

ENROL ON THIS COURSE

 

 

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

 

ENROL ON THIS COURSE

 

 

 

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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

 

http://www.poetrykit.org/pkcourses.htm

 

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 6 - WRITERS SERVICES

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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.

 

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Poetry Kit on-line courses and critique service. For details see

http://www.poetrykit.org/pkcourses.htm

 

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A SPECIAL OFFER FROM

DAN MASTERSON - P O E T R Y  M A S T E R

~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 http://www.poetrymaster.com  and read his first two books online at http://capa.conncoll.edu

 

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Please direct all news and queries to info@poetrykit.org

The Poetry Kit - http://www.poetrykit.org/

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The Poetry Kit - e-mail: info@poetrykit.org

Managing Editor Jim Bennett - jimbennett@poetrykit.org

Website - http://www.poetrykit.org/jim/index.htm 

 

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