the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





November 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.-


Regular Open Mic Events in the UK


Hebden Bridge 7th November 2017

7th November 2017. A Grey Hen Press 10th anniversary celebration reading in Hebden Bridge with Doris Corti, Julia Deakin, Jo Haslam and Char March.  Hebden Bridge Library, Cheetham Street HX7 8TP  7-9pm

London 19th November 2017 19th November 2017. A Grey Hen Press 10th Anniversary celebration reading in N London with Maggie Butt, Wendy French, Katherine Gallagher, Ruth Smith and Anne Stewart. Torriano Meeting House, 99 Torriano Avenue London NW5 2RX. 7-9pm






1st November 2017 1st $4500

entry $45
The Malahat Review's Open Season Awards
Closing date: 1st November 2017.
Prizes: $4500 (Cdn.) over three genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction (one prize of $1500 per genre)
Entry fee: $45 (Cdn.) for UK entrants. Additional entries cost $15, no limit. Can mix/match entries over different genres.
Looking for: Poems (3 poems up to 100 lines each); fiction (2500 words max.); creative nonfiction (2500 words max.)
For further information on conditions of entry visit website below.
15th November 2017 1st $1000

entry $25

2017 National Federation of State Poetry Societies Stevens Poetry Manuscript Competition

Deadline: November 15, 2017

Prize: $1,000, publication and 50 copies

Entry Fee: $25 US ($20 for members)

Each year, the NFSPS has a competition for a manuscript of 48-70 pages of poetry. First prize is $1,000 + publication + 50 author copies.  Recognition for 10 runner-ups. Entry Fee: $25 US ($20 for members of societies affiliated with the NFSPS). Deadline: November 15, 2017. Info:

14th November 2017 1st £500

entry £5

Barnet Open Poetry Competition 2017

Elegy? satire? comedy? for young and old write a poem of not more than 35 lines on any topic general category 1st prize  £500, 2nd £250 3rd prize x3  £50.00 juniors (7-11 & 12-16) 1st prize  £25.00 2nd prize  £15.00 3rd prize x3  £10.00   free entry to Barnet schools reduced fee to Barnet residents the judges - Anne stewart (general catagory) Katherine Gallagher (junior catagory) poets encouraged to illustrate their work with drawings and patterns
Entry: £5.00 adult, £1 7-11s

Downloadable forms available at or send a SAE to Barnet Arts Council, c/o All Saints Arts Centre,122 Oakley Road North, London N20 9EZ

19th November 2017 1st £100

entry £3

Shooter Literary Magazine's 2017 Poetry Competition invites entries on any theme, in any style, up to 125 lines long. Cash prizes and print/online publication for the winners. Entry fee of £3 (or £8 for three poems) includes e-copy of the winter issue for all entrants. Submission deadline November 19th. Details at

30th November 2017 1st £200

entry free

Foreign Voices Poetry Competition

We’re inviting you to send us a poem that deals with the subject of migration. Poems can be triggered by any aspect of or point of view about migration. We don’t have to agree with your opinions, but we do want to be touched in some way by your poem, inspired by its imagery and, of course, we look for a beautiful use of language. Prize: £200 and publication in the Holland Park Press online magazine Length: 50 lines or less Entry free.  Eligibility: poems written in English by writers over 18 from any country.
To submit: email your poem as a Word or PDF attachment to
Organizer: Holland Park Press
Webpage: complete guidelines are available from
30th November 2017 1st E1000

entry £5
The Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Prize will have a first prize of €1,000 (approx $1190.63 USD/ £882.80 GBP @ on 21st September 2017), a week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre and publication in Southword Literary Journal. The MLC will subvent travel costs for the winner up to €600 and provide hotel accommodation and meals for four days during the Cork International Poetry Festival. At the festival, the winner will be treated to a poetry masterclass with Brian Turner. There will be a second prize of €500, third prize of €250, and ten runners-up will each have their poems published in Southword and receive Southword’s standard fee of €30. The judge is Munster Literature Centre Director Patrick Cotter.

For details

1st December 2017 1st E2000

entry £6

Strokestown Poetry Competition 2018

Strokestown is Ireland’s longest-running poetry festival, and has established a reputation for friendly informality twinned with deep respect for poetry, poets and poetry lovers. Here’s your chance to take part in it. 1st Prize € 2,000, plus a week-long residency at Anam Cara Writer’s and Artist’s Retreat. 2nd Prize € 700. 3rd Prize € 500. Reading fees of € 300 for 5 shortlisted poets. The 8 shortlisted poems will be printed in the Strokestown Anthology 2018. Judges Moya Cannon & Harry Clifton. Prize winner announced in Strokestown 6th May 2018.
Entry Fee: £6.00 (euros) per poem

For further details visit





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
5th November 2017

We are inviting submissions for two upcoming books: the December 2017 issue of The Muse and a special anthology on 'Contemporary Dramatic Monologue'.

Submission guidelines for December 2017 issue of The Muse:

1. Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished work can also be sent if the poet holds the copyright of the work.

2. Send 1 to 5 poems and a brief biodata with a cover letter .

3. The research papers/essays should be not less than 3000 words.

References should be prepared strictly following MLA Stylesheet (7th edition).

4. E-mail your poems, essays and research papers to . Response time varies from 2 to 12 weeks.

5. With poem/ research paper the poet/author is requested to submit a statement of originality of work.

6. Last date of submission: November 25, 2017.

7. While submitting your poems/essays, for The Muse December 2017 issue, write subject line of email as “THE MUSE DECEMBER 2017 SUBMISSION” and email your work to   as email attachment as well as in the body of the email.

12th November 2017

Zymbol Magazine is publishing books!!! Each book we publish will receive full distribution, a sponsored reading, an ad in our annual international newsstand edition of Zymbol magazine and copies of the book. Our open call is for all genres, approaches and subject matter and we're looking for novels, short story and poetry collections

15th November 2017

 Vallum: Contemporary Poetry, a Montreal-based literary magazine. 

Call for Issue 15.1 - "FORGETTING"

Our minds are like labyrinths, we remember, we forget. Sometimes, the past is the hardest thing we have to confront. Forgetting and letting go of what haunts us is often an impossible task, but something we must go through in order to find any kind of resolution. In other forms, forgetting can be a curse, like struggling with Alzheimer’s or misplacing one’s possessions. How does "Forgetting" figure in your lives and in your poems?

The editors at Vallum are committed to enriching and continuing the tradition of poetry in the present day. We welcome submissions that deepen our understanding of what poetry is and can be. We encourage Indigenous writers, writers of colour, gender non-conforming writers, differently abled writers, LGBTQ writers, writers with mental or physical illnesses, and writers who are otherwise affected by structural inequality to submit their work for consideration.

Send us your best poems! For more information visit:

DEADLINE: November 15th, 2017

25th November 2017

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 'Contemporary Dramatic Monologues’

(Dramatic monologue, also known as a persona poem, is a type of poetry written in the form of a speech of an individual character. M.H. Abrams notes the following three features of the dramatic monologue as it applies to poetry 

1.. A single person, who is patently not the poet, utters the speech that makes up the whole of the poem, in a specific situation at a critical moment

2. This person addresses and interacts with one or more other people; but we know of the auditors' presence, and what they say and do, only from clues in the discourse of the single speaker.

3. The main principle controlling the poet's choice and formulation of what the lyric speaker says is to reveal to the reader, in a way that enhances its interest, the speaker's temperament and character.)


Authors may submit up to five (5) Dramatic Monologue poems.

ANTHOLOGY seeks honest, thoughtful, well-written poetry.

Poems must be submitted in the body of email.

While submitting your poems write subject line of email as “CONTEMPORARY DRAMATIC MONOLOGUES ANTHOLOGY SUBMISSION”

Send your submission to .

Last date for submission is November 25, 2017.

27th November 2017


We are now accepting short fiction and poetry for our nineteenth issue on the theme of ‘Romance’. Send in your writing before November 27th

It’s that time of year when we envy the bear and the badger. How we wish we too could hibernate until the spring. Instead, we must struggle on, with the consolation of a quill and a candle, and lose ourselves in the brighter recesses of our imagination.

We have just the activity to pass these autumn hours – gloomy or bright. For today, we open our submissions window for Issue 19. The theme is ‘Romance’.If you’d like to see your writing published and illustrated in Popshot’s nineteenth issue, head to our submissions page. Submissions are open until Monday, November 27th.

27th November 2017 Laldy! Call for submissions. Poetry and prose wanted for a brand new bi annual literary journal based in the west coast of Scotland, published by Clochoderick press – a new non profit literary organization that aims to publish unrepresented writers both in our journal and also through their own collections. For the journal, send no more than ten A4 pages of poetry and no more than 5000 words of prose (either as one story or as a group of smaller stories). Send all submissions to For more information in submission guidelines visit
30th November 2017 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
30th November 2017

The Matador Review is an online literature and art quarterly based in Chicago, Illinois. 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.
We are accepting submissions for our Winter 2018 publication through November 30.
Our purpose: to promote "alternative work" from both art and literature, and to encourage the new-wave of respect for online publications. In each issue, we offer a selection of work from both emerging and established artists, as well as exclusive interviews and book reviews from creators who are, above all else, provocative. For us, alternative is a way of voice and experience. It is the distinction from what is conventional, and it advocates for a progressive attitude.
Submission information can be found at:
Submissions can be sent to

Questions and concerns can be sent to

30th November 2017

Black Lawrence Press is now accepting submissions for a new anthology of essays. Poets in the United States and abroad are encouraged to submit essays aimed at welcoming new and beginner poets to the discipline of poetry. Contributors are encouraged to provide anecdotes and advice, instructions and suggestions, fun exercises and crazy ideas, or individual failures and encouraging words, in order to better prepare new poets for the long journey through poetry. Essays should be between 700-5000 words on any of the following broad themes (other themes will be considered):

1.       First Words

2.       Poetry Workshop

3.       The Poet’s Journey

4.       Family & Work

5.       The Poet in the World

Essays can be creative or academic. However, they have to be accessible since they are also for a general audience. Abayomi Animashaun will serve as editor. Please contact him at with questions.

Submissions will be accepted via Submittable.

The deadline for submissions is November 30, 2017.
30th November 2017

Carbon Culture is excited to announce an open reading period for both our international newsstand magazine, Carbon Culture Review, as well as our new full-length imprint, CARBON Books. CCR seeks poetry, short fiction, essays, reviews, and art that speaks to the intersection of Art + Tech + Lit. CARBON Books is looking for well-crafted manuscripts in any genre, on any topic, with an eye to the growing role of technology in our lives.

Keep up with us, and support independent writing and publishing here:

Submit here:

1st December 2017


The editors invite you to send your poems about any of the paintings, drawings, or other artwork by Hieronymus Bosch or Bruegel the Elder. Deadline: December 1st, 2017.


Many poets have been drawn to the artwork of these two Netherlandish painters. Our anthology will include poems by Auden, Czeslaw Milosz, Robert Hass, Sylvia Plath, Lewis Levin, Sandra M. Gilbert, and others. But we also want to include your poetic responses. No limit on type of poem. Submit up to three. Official websites: and

All poems should refer to at least one specific piece of artwork by either painter. Send in the body of your email, and attach as an RTF file. Include a short bio. If this is a reprint, please provide original publication information, and permission to reprint. All rights revert to the author upon publication. We expect to have the anthology published in 2018. Unfortunately we cannot provide monetary compensation for the authors, but copies of the anthology will be available at a discount. Please email queries to





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.


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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.

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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.




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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





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 (and receive a $10 discount for those receiving this mail).

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