the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





 May 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


Wirral 13th May 2018

Royden Park Poetry Picnic
Sunday 13th May 2018

Royden Park Visitor Centre  Hill Bark Road, Frankby, Wirral, CH48 1NP
10.30am Meet at the Visitor Centre. Free event
Bring a packed lunch, pen and paper.  Hot drinks provided.   

The workshop will be led by poet and artist Janine Pinion with talks from the Friends of Royden Park





April 2018 to January 2019 1st E500

entry ?

Ó Bhéal  International Five Words Poetry Competition

At around noon each Tuesday (GMT), from April to the end of January, five words are posted on the Ó Bhéal Five Words competition page. Entrants have one week to compose and submit poems that include all five words given for the week.
The competition runs for 41 weeks, until the last week of January and  prize of 500 euros is awarded to one winner, and if available, invited to read at Ó Bhéal’s anniversary event in early April (an additional travel fee of 100 euro plus B&B accommodation will be provided for this). Follow the link for submission guidelines.

1st May 2018 1st £100

entry £4

The Waltraud Field Open Poetry Competition  (Run by the Crewe and District Writers’ Circle) Adjudicator of short list : Roger Elkin. 

First Prize £100 Second £50, Third £25
entry £4  (3 for £10)
For further details, rules & entry form visit
25th May 2018 1st 20 to be included in exhibition

entry free

Green Spaces Lens and Pen.  Submit photos and poems or short pieces of prose representing the life and beauty of your favourite Wirral Park or green space.

Best writing and photos to  be incorporated into 20  posters to be displayed in an exhibition throughout the Independents Bienniel (part of the Liverpool Biennial art celebration)
Free to enter

Full details and to enter:
27th May 2018 1st £500

entry £5

Welsh Poetry Competition 2018

The 12th International Welsh Poetry Competition 2018 is now open and accepting entries!
Judge - Sally Spedding
1st prize - £500  2nd Prize - £250  3rd Prize - £100
plus 17 runners up published on website and future anthology
£5 per poem (£6 PayPal) / 50 lines maximum
Entry forms, rules, past winners, anthologies available from our website
Closing date - 27th May 2018
31st May 2018 1st 30% of entry fees

entry £5

Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary Poetry Competition 

Poems are invited for a competition in aid of the long-established Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary, Kent (reg. charity 283483 ). Poems should be on an animal-related theme – pets, rescue animals, wildlife habitat, endangered species, insects, birds etc.  

Prizes: 30% of all entry fees, a second prize of 10%, two further prizes of 5%, one reserved for a previously unpublished poet. 50% of all entry fees received will be used for the care of animals at the sanctuary. Judge: award-winning poet Derek Sellen. Length: 40 lines or less. Eligibility: unpublished poems written in English by writers over 16 from any country. 

Entry Fee: £5 per poem by donation to Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary. Donate at:

Full details are available at

31st May 2018 1st £250

entry £4
Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition (May 2018)
This competition is for original, previously unpublished poems in English language, on any subject, in any style up to 50 lines long. Poems posted on members-only non-public groups for review/critique as part of the creative process are not deemed to have been previously published. Poets of all ages, gender or nationality living in any part of the world are eligible to enter.
The winners, commended and specially-mentioned poems will receive first publication in Sentinel Literary Quarterly. (we therefore discourage simultaneous submissions)
Closing Date:
31 May 2018
Judge: Derek Adams
Prizes: £250 (1st), £100 (2nd), £50 (3rd), £30 x 3 (High Commendation), 3 x £15 (Commendation), 3 x Special Mentions (publication only)
Fees £4/1, £7/2, £9/3, £11/4, £12/5, £16/7, £22/10)
Enter online now at
To enter by post, Download Entry Form and Rules here
Cheques/Postal Orders in favour of Sentinel Poetry Movement
Send to:
Sentinel Poetry Movement
Unit 136
113-115 George Lane
South Woodford
E18 1AB
31st May 2018 1st £250 guineas

entry £3

The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2018

The winner of the Frogmore Poetry Prize for 2018 will win two hundred and fifity guineas and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers. The first and second runners-up will receive seventy-five and fifty guineas respectively and a year’s subscription to The Frogmore Papers. Shortlisted poets will receive copies of selected Frogmore Press publications. Adjudicator: Janet Sutherland Poems must be in English, unpublished, and not accepted for future publication. Poems should be typed and no longer than forty lines. All shortlisted poems will appear in number 92 of The Frogmore Papers (September 2018),
Entry  £3 per poem. Cheques and postal orders should be made payable to The Frogmore Press.
Entries should be sent to: The Frogmore Press, 21 Mildmay Road, Lewes, East Sussex BN7 1PJ. 
For further details see
1st June 2018 1st £200

entry £4

Wirral Festival of Firsts 8th Open Poetry Competition. Adjudicator Anna Saunders. Prize giving by Jackie Kay at the Festival’s Community Poetry Day on 1st July 2018
1st Prize £200; Two Runner Up prizes £50 each; Special Wirral Prize £50

Entry Fee £4 or 3 poems for £10

Winners will be invited to read their poems.
Full details and to enter:

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





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
4th May 2018

Open Call for Poetry Submissions Book No. 16 (New Series)
 The Stony Thursday Book is seeking submissions from local, national and international poets for its next issue, to be published in Summer 2018.

The Stony Thursday Book was founded by Limerick poets John Liddy and Jim Burke in 1975, and has been edited by poets Mark Whelan, Kevin Byrne, Patrick Bourke, Knute Skinner, Thomas McCarthy, Ciarán O’Driscoll, Mary Coll, Jo Slade, Paddy Bushe, Peter Sirr, Mary O’Donnell and John Davies.
The Stony Thursday Book is one of the longest-running literary journals in Ireland and celebrates its 42nd edition in 2018.
This year's Editor of the Stony Thursday Poetry Book is poet Nessa O’Mahony.
How to Submit:
- Each poet should send no more than 6 poems.
- Submitted poems must be previously unpublished.
- Each poet should submit a short bio (max 100 words)
- Submissions are being accepted by email and by post.
- When submitting poems by post please write your name on each page. Please mark envelopes: The Stony Thursday Book No. 16.
- When submitting by email please reference TSTB No 16 in your subject line and please attach all poems in a single file attachment (pdf or doc).

Please note that by submitting, you are giving Limerick City and County Council permission to add you to our Stony Thursday mailing list and to share your details with the relevant third parties in order to facilitate publication, i.e. Editor and Publisher.

Send poems to:
Or by post to The Stony Thursday Book No. 16, Limerick Culture & Arts Office, Culture House, 2 Pery Square, Limerick.

Closing Date for Submissions: Friday 4th May 2018 
25th May 2018

Hello World – Poems for Hoylake’s shop windows to be displayed throughout the Festival from 30 June -14 July

We invite you to submit poems of not more than 20 lines on the theme: “Hello World!”

Full details and to submit poems

31st May 2018

The Matador Review.

We're currently accepting work for Summer 2018 until May 31. 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. The call for submissions will end May 31. Submission information can be found at:

31st May 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





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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