the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





 September 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

Limerick 2nd September 2018

A Songwriting Workshop with Don Mescall

Sun 2nd Sept 2018 2.30pm to 6.00pm

Steamboat Music, Steamboat Quay, Limerick

This half-day workshop with internationally acclaimed singer/songwriter Don Mescall, is brought to you by the Limerick Writers' Centre in association with Steamboat Music and The Acoustic Club.

Don Mescall songs have been covered on over 12 million records worldwide and received more than 18 million hits on YouTube.

At this workshop Don provides participants with an opportunity to showcase unfinished songs or songs in progress, to discuss/explore the craft of song writing, and to receive detailed feedback about your compositions, in a supportive atmosphere.

Workshop takes place: The Acoustic Room, Steamboat Music, Steamboat Quay, Limerick

Sunday 2nd Sept 2018 2.30 to 6.00pm

Booking essential: Price �15

Book on-line at:

Manchester 8th September 2018 8th September. 2.30 � 4pm   A Manchester launch of Songs for the Unsung at Manchester Central Library, St Peter�s Square M2 5PD. With Rosemary Doman, Susanna Harding, Joy Howard, Janet Loverseed and Lindy Newns.
Ashburton 16th September 2018

16th September. 7.30 � 9pm   A South West launch of Songs for the Unsung in Devon at Ashburton Arts Centre West Street,  Ashburton TQ13 7DT. With Rose Cook, Jennie Osborne, Elisabeth Rowe and Susan Taylor.

Toronto 25th September 2018

Shab-e She�r (Poetry Night) LXVI

Toronto�s most diverse poetry reading and open mic series

Featured poets: Jennifer Alicia & John Nyman

Host: B�noo Zan
Time: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2M7

Main Hall
Doors open               6:15 p.m.
Open-mic sign-up     6:30 p.m.
Show                         7-10 p.m.
Admission: $5

Jennifer Alicia spoken word artist, residing in Tkaronto, Canadian National Poetry Slam Champion, member of Seeds & Stardust: an Indigenous women�s poetry collective

John Nyman author of Players, shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award in 2017, and the manifesto chapbook Slogan, Substance, Dream: keywords for a responsible poetry

Twitter: @BanooZan & @ShabeSherTO

Instagram: @banoo.zan





7th September 2018 1st 3£300

entry £3
Waltham Forest Poetry Competition
A Poets Corner Competition. The theme is A Bright Future and there are 3 prize categories: Adult, Young Poet, and a Local prize for anyone living, working or studying in Waltham Forest. This year's judge is Meryl Pugh.
Adult prize: 1st £300 | 2nd £200 | 3rd £100
Young Poets prize: 1st £50 | 2nd £30 | 3rd £20
Local prize: 1st £50 | 2nd £30 | 3rd £20
The top three poems in each category, plus a number of Commended poets, will be published in a prize winners’ anthology and on the Poets Corner website. The overall winner of the Adult and Young Poets’ competitions will be offered Poetry Society Membership.
Submit up to 4 poems, 40 lines maximum per poem, not including the title.
Poems are judged anonymously, so please don’t put your name or any identifying information on your poems.
For more information
14th September 2018 1st £2000

entry £10

Women's Poetry Competition 2 018

The Women's Poetry Prize, presented by Mslexia and the Poetry Book Society, is open to all those who identify as female, submitting up to three unpublished poems on any subject.

1st Prize: £2,000 (plus optional mentoring and writing retreat)

2nd Prize: £400

3rd Prize: £200

17 finalists win £25 each. All winning poems will be published in Mslexia and selected winners featured in the PBS Bulletin and on the PBS website.

Special Prize: £500 for the best poem by an unpublished woman poet.

For more information

14th September 2018 1st £10000

entry £17.50

Manchester Poetry Prize

£10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).

Judging panel: Gillian Clarke, Imtiaz Dharker, Carol Ann Duffy and Adam O'Riordan (chair).

For more information

25th September 2018 1st Publication

entry £22

The Magma Open Pamphlet Competition

Magma is celebrating its 25th anniversary next year and in the run-up to this milestone they are inviting entries to their first ever pamphlet competition, with the chance of getting published and a celebratory launch reading in 2019. 
1st prize: publication of the winning pamphlet and launch reading

The winner and 3 others will have a poem published in Magma. All shortlisted poets will have a poem published on  our website.

Poets on the shortlist of 10 will each get a paragraph of feedback.

Judged by Magma editors.


30th September 2018 1st prize from Pendle

entry free

The Pendle War Poetry Competition is open for entries.

First and second prize will be awarded in each of the following categories: UK & Ireland Under 18, Overseas Under 18, Pendle Adult, UK & Ireland Adult, Overseas Adult.

The winning entrants will each be awarded a certificate as well as a free copy of the annual competition anthology. 

The poem should have War as its theme and can relate to any era: Ancient Rome, Crusades, Civil War, Napoleonic, Boer War, First World War, Second World War, Korea, Vietnam, Falklands, Middle East – or any other conflict. It does not have to be about fighting and killing and can also reflect political or social aspects of the theme.

30th September 2018 1st  $100

entry $10

Wax Poetry and Art presents
The Christmas Poem Contest 2018
This year, on Christmas morning, poets around the world will open a letter
and read the winning poem of this contest -- The Christmas Poem. It could
be yours. Everyone who enters receives the print version of the winning
poem, to be opened on Christmas Day, 2018.

Contest closes September 30, 2018. Cost to enter is $10 CAD per poem.

The winner receives $100 plus royalties (if accrued).

30th September 2018 1st £500

entry £6

Bedford International Writing Competition Closing date: 30th September 2018. Entry fee: £6, £12 for three. Prizes: £500, £150, £100, special Bedford Prizes £100 in each category. Looking for: Short stories up to 3,000 words, poems up to 40 lines, on any theme.


30th September 2018 1st £200

entry £3

Salopean Poetry Society's Annual Open Poetry Competition

Closing date: 30th September 2018. Prizes: £200, £100, £50; 5 consolation prizes of £30; £50 best humour poetry. Entry fee is £3 per poem or four for £10 for non members and £2 per poem for Society members. Looking for: Poetry, up to 80 lines. Email: Website:

30th September 2018 1st $1,500

entry $12

Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest

Judges: See website

Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre

Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style

Ten honorable mention prizes of $100 (any style)

Entry fee: $12 per poem (up to 250 lines each)

16th annual contest sponsored by Winning Writers, one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers" (Writer's Digest). Submit poems in any style, up to 250 lines each. Both published and unpublished work accepted. All entries that win cash prizes will be published online. See guidelines, past winners, and enter online via Submittable at

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






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
30th September 2018

K'in, a new online literary magazine, based in Virginia, United States, published twice yearly, May & November, is seeking and accepting submissions through Submittable. 

Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. 

We're particularly interested in voices from marginalized and underrepresented communities.

We also are introducing our brand new Young Writers Section, for submissions from writers aged 12-17. 

Experimental, traditional, playful, prayerful, celebratory, challenging: human—try us. Show us a new way to tell one of the millions of stories under that glorious sun.  

Visit K'in Online:

General Submission Guidelines:

Young Writers Guidelines here:





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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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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