the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





 October 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

London 4th October 2018

National Poetry Day Translation Summit - The Future of Poetry Translation: Pathways and Practices

October 4th 2018

For National Poetry Day 2018, the PoetTrio project is hosting a Summit about the future of poetry translation in the Institute of Modern Languages Research, Senate House, London. 

What is the future of poetry translation in Britain? This free-to-attend* day is an opportunity to be part of the discussion. Poets, translators, speakers from cultural institutions, publishers and other stake-holders will come together to reflect on best practice, and brainstorm how to take poetry in translation forwards in the next few years. Along with workshops (for which there�s a �5 fee, including lunch), panels and a reading, there will be chances to network and - vitally - to share ideas and kindle future collaborations.  

PoetTrio is an AHRC research project, run by Newcastle University and the University of Roehampton, which looks at poet-to-poet collaborative translation.

The Summit is free to attend, but space is limited so please ensure you register in advance. Further information and registration can be found here:

Sheffield 9th October 2018

A South Yorks launch reading from Songs for the Unsung at Writers in the Bath, The Bath Hotel, 66 Victoria St, Sheffield S3 7QL. With Joy Howard, Jane Monach, Kate Rutter and Josie Walsh. 7.30 � 9.30pm

London 11th October 2018

�Echoing Word� from the infinite to the world, from the world to the human, from the human to the self.� The journey is fulfilled.

A poetic trilogy of the contemporary Greek poet and philosopher Dimitris Kakalidis.

11th October 2018, 19:15

Omilos Eksipiretiton (The Servers� Society) is presenting the third part of a poetic trilogy that narrates the three stations of the humans� journey towards the revealing of the greatness within and around them. First stop is the narration of the Creation�s miracle; the second one is the point where the entire physical world is elevated to its true, spiritual nature. The third stop is the poetic work �Logos the Third�, to which this presentation is dedicated; when the human being passes into another state, deep, internal, unwavering; when it sees that it is One with Nature, with the Creation, with the other Humans, with Life.

The presentation will be held in Greek and English, at the Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street Marylebone W1U 5AS.

Entry is free. Bookings at 07960797435 or at

Swansea 16th October 2018

A Welsh launch reading from Songs for the Unsung at The Friends Meeting House, Page St, Swansea SA1 4EZ. With RV Bailey, Ann Drysdale and Stevie Krayer. 2.30 � 4pm

Hebden Bridge 1st November 2018 A West Yorks launch reading from Songs for the Unsung at Hebden Bridge Library, Cheetham St, Hebden Bridge HX7 8EP. With Julia Deakin, Joy Howard and Char March. 7 � 9 pm





3rd October 2018 1st £500

entry US$6

The Voices Israel Group of Poets in English announces the 29th annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition - Submission Period  Entries must be received no later than October 3rd 2018.

First prize is $500, second prize is $150, third prize is $50.

Ten honorable mentions are awarded.

Prizewinners and all honorable mentions will be published in the Voices Israel 2019 poetry anthology.

Entries may deal with any topic.

Focus need not be Jewish or Israeli.Challenging, humorous, and/or eccentric poetry is welcome, but typographical tricks are discouraged.

Poems should be unpublished (in print and online) however poems only published in the Voices Israel Newsletter are exempt from this provision.

Maximum length is 41 lines, including stanza breaks, subtitles and epigraphs, but not including title.

Poems are judged without the poets’ names. Please omit your names from files submitted.

Entry Fees: US$6 for one poem, US$12 for 3 poems, US$18 for 6 poems.

Submission and payment via “Submittable”. Click the link to submit directly:
Or see full guidelines and submission details at

Poets having difficulty using Submittable should contact Mark Levinson at
5th October 2018 1st £700

entry £3

National Memory Day Poetry Competition 

Deadline: 5th October 2018, 5pm. 

Prizes: Two categories Poetry Prize and Primary Carer Voice Prize. Both categories have prizes: 1st: £700, 2nd: £200, 3rd: £100. 

Submission fees: £3.00 first entry, £2.00 each additional entry.

We are currently seeking submissions of poetry on the theme of memory. 

Poems should be no more than 40 lines, typed on one side of A4. 

Entries are accepted by post or online.

Full details including submission form and processes available at: 

22nd October 2018 1st £2000

entry £6

Troubadour International Poetry Prize 2018

judged by jo shapcott & daljit nagra

first prize £2,000
second prize £1,000
third prize: a week-long creative-writing course at the arvon centre of your choice
with thanks to arvon: home of creative writing
plus with thanks to leading poetry magazines & poetry publishers:
5 prizes of book bundles each with 6 latest poetry titles from

plus for all prizewinners, an invitation to read at coffee-house poetry on prize night, mon 26 nov 2018, with jo shapcott & daljit nagra

submit via e-mail or post by mon 22 oct 2018

Fees: Â£6/€7/$7.50 for 1st poem & £4/€5/$5 for each subsequent poem in same submission (Sterling/Euro/US-Dollars only); payment via PayPal on website (PayPal account not required) OR via cheque/postal-order payable to Coffee-House Poetry

By Post: No entry form required; submit two copies of each poem; include following details on a separate page: Poet's Name & Address, Phone Number, E-Mail Address (if available), List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt Number OR enclose cheque/postal-order; post to Troubadour International Poetry Prize, Coffee-House Poetry, PO Box 16210, LONDON W4 1ZP; no staples, no Special Delivery, Recorded Delivery or Registered Post; entries are not returned.

By E-mail: No entry form required; e-mail poems to as attachments (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf only); do not send to or; include following details in e-mail: Poet's Name & Address, Phone Number, List of Titles, Number of Poems, Total Fees, & EITHER PayPal Receipt Number OR send cheque/postal-order by post.

Timeline: E-mail submissions by midnight (your local time) on Mon 22 Oct 2018; postal entries postmarked on or before Mon 22 Oct 2018Prize-winners only will be contacted individually in week commencing

31st October 2018 1st £500

entry £5

Cannon Poets Sonnet or Not Poetry Prize 2018

Cannon Poets are pleased to announce this year’s popular Sonnet or Not Prize. You are invited to write a poem or poems of just fourteen lines in length. You may choose any one of the traditional sonnet forms, or experiment with alternative 14 line forms perhaps using half rhyme, metarhyme or blank verse.

This year’s judge is Jo Bell, an award-winning poet working across the UK with poetry talents from Ian McMillan to Brian Patten and Gwyneth Lewis. Jo is the former director of National Poetry Day, sometime programmer for Ledbury Poetry Festival and others, and occasional broadcaster. Jo is the Canal Laureate of the UK and devised the immensely successful online poetry group 52.


First Prize: £500

Second Prize: £250

Third Prize: £125

Established in 1983, Cannon Poets meet monthly in Moseley, Birmingham. They also arrange workshops, readings and displays of members’ work and produce a quarterly magazine, The Cannon’s Mouth.

31st October 2018 1st £1000

entry £5
The Plough Prize
Open Competition for a poem up to 40 lines plus the Ronald Duncan Short Poem Competition - maximum length 10 lines. For previously unpublished poems on any subject.
The prizes in each category:

1st prize: £1,000

2nd prize: £500

3rd prize: £250 

Both competitions will be judged by Pascale Petit.

For more information

31st October 2018 1st £150

entry £3
Southport Writers' Circle International Poetry Competition 2018
Closing date: 31st October 2018. Prizes: £150, £75, £25. Entry fee: £3 per poem or four poems for £10. Looking for: An unpublished, original story on any theme of up to 2000 words. Email: Website:
31st October 2018 1st E1000

entry E5

The Gregory O'Donoghue International Poetry Competition

Closing date: 30th November 2018. Prizes: €1,000, week's residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, travel costs up to €600 and  accommodation for four days during the Cork Spring Poetry Festival, €500, €250  Looking for: Poems up to 40 lines. Entry fee: €5, €20 for five poems. Email:  Website:

31st October 2018 1st £5000

entry £7

National Poetry Competition

One of the biggest single poem competitions in the world, the National Poetry Competition is open to anyone aged 17 or older. The competition is for previously unpublished poems of up to 40 lines in length.

1st Prize: £5000

2nd Prize: £2000

3rd Prize: £1000

Seven commendations: £200

Judged by Kei Miller, Kim Moore and Mark Waldron.

For your Information





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 October 2018

The 8th issue of  The Projectionist's Playground, to appear in December 2018, will mark the second year of this publishing project. It has been a fascinating journey of reading, gathering, sharing and sending quarterly issues out to new spaces and voices.

The autumn equinox is upon us in the UK and it seems a fitting time to put out this call for submissions. As before, the zine searches out the experimental and innovatory, the alternative and radical, whether in poetry, art or photography.

Please send in material no later than 31st October 2018. 

15th November 2018

Call for Submissions--Vallum 16:1 “Connections” 

"Poetry is the shortest distance between two humans," Lawrence Ferlinghetti aphorized, in 2012. Of what nature is that connection? What, in a poem, makes us feel close to another human, especially one we've never met? How do we connect? 

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 15, 2018





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.


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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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offer a good reliable service.  There is no charge made or expected for listing at Poetry Kit.



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



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