the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett

 

 


 


THE POETRY KIT NEWSLETTER

Nov 2020


 

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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1 EDITORS 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

 

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TED SLADE AWARD

WAIATA DAWN DAVIES

(1925 - 2019)

READ MORE ABOUT THIS AWARD

 

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 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

Due to the Coronavirus all face to face poetry events are postponed until further notice.

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Online events

SEE OUR PROJECT - POETRY IN THE PLAGUE YEAR 2020

UPCOMING SHORT COURSES FOR JANUARY 2021

(please book early to avoid disappointment)

 

Poetry Kit’s online short courses are over three weeks and a place can be booked by paying the fee using the PayPal link below the required course. 

 

 

Writing Ekphrastic Poetry – 4th - 25th January 2021

The aim of this course is to look at the different approaches that can be taken to bring new insights to poems that engage with a piece of visual art.  During the course poets will be asked to respond to a series of paintings using a variety of techniques. Poems will be workshopped, and full feedback given. The cost of this course is £30

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=H8J5AMXL8FTFN

 

 

Writing in traditional forms - 4th - 25th January 2021

This three week course looks at new modern ways to use traditional forms.  These forms can be ways for poets to grow the tools available and to find new ways to say what they want.  These forms can produce memorable and exciting ways to explore modern topics.  This is a challenging course that asks poets to look at some traditional forms in new ways. The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 –

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GY3FNDXNXT3H6

 

 

Poetry in changing times - 4th - 25th January 2021

This is a short online course for poets who want to look at the way their poetry can stay relevant in changing times.  We will be looking at relevance, authenticity and voice as cornerstones for producing poems that engage with change. We will look at personal, scientific and imagined responses.   The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 -

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=AMXZ6LGUKBKYU


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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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6th January 2021 1st  £210


entry £3.50

THE POETRY KIT INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2020

 This year's competition is for poetry in English on the theme or subject of “home” which can be broadly interpreted and presented in any form or style. 

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 valued at £210 (this includes membership of our mentorship program)      2nd prize is £50

ENTER ONLINE - Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

all entries must be received before midnight 6th January 2021 Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees 1 poem £3.50   3 Poems £8.00  5 poems £10  (pay buttons on link below)

See more https://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm 

7th December 2020 1st £1000

entry £5

Mslexia Poetry Competition 2020
Judge Karen McCarthy Woolf 1st prize £2000   2nd £500   3rd £250
Competition for poems in English by women. 
1st £1000  2nd  £400    3rd £200 plus other prizes.
For more information see www.mslexia.co.uk/competitions

7th December 2020 1st £250 plus publication

entry £20

Mslexia Pamphlet Competition 2020
Judge Any Wack 1st prize £250 
Competition for poems in English by women. 
1st £1000  2nd  £400    3rd £200 plus other prizes.
For more information see www. mslexia.co.uk/competitions

15th December 2020 1st £300



entry £10

The Folklore Prize 2020

Set up in lockdown with the aim to give writers a creative outlet, with backing from the London Arts and Health Forum.

Entries welcome from the UK and Ireland.

First Prize: £300
Second Prize: £200
Third Prize: £100
Five commendable poems will also receive £25 each

The winning and commended poems will win prizes and be published on the Folklore Publishing website and future printed journal in early 2021 - along with additional selected entries.

Judges: Piers Plowright, Jehane Markham and Sean Street

For more information https://folklorepublishing.co.uk/

30th December 2020 1st £200



entry  free

MY CITY, MY HOME is an international writing competition for women in Birmingham, Pakistan & Bangladesh!
Entries will be accepted in English, Urdu and Bangla languages.

3 overall winners will each receive £200.00-one in each language: Urdu, Bengali and English
Eligibility to enter:
• All entrants must be women or girls of Aged 16+
• Submissions may be up to 1000 words
• Entrants must be residents or demonstrate a clear connection with locations in Pakistan, Bangladesh or Birmingham (UK)
Full details and entry form can be found on Sampad's website www.sampad.org.uk

31st December 2020 1st £20



entry free

StoryTown 2020 Poetry Competition
Win the chance to read your poem on the radio, plus book token prizes.
StoryTown Corsham is an annual celebration of reading, writing and storytelling. Corsham is famous for its peacocks, which are often found strutting along the town’s cobbled pavements, gathering on roof tops or admiring themselves in shop windows. Meanwhile, their symbolism – everything from vanity to immortality – spreads its feathers far beyond the town, across many cultures of the world.
So, the StoryTown 2020 Poetry Competition is inviting poem on the theme of peacocks.
There are three age categories: Under 11s, 11-17 and 18 and over
The winner in all three age categories will be invited to read their poem on The Poetry Place poetry magazine programme on West Wilts Radio. They will also each win a £20 book token.
One runner up in each category will receive a £10 book token.
The judge is poet and broadcaster Dawn Gorman, who will read all the entries.
For more information see https://www.corsham.gov.uk/index.php

31st December 2020 1st £400


entry  £4

Wolverhampton Literature Festival fourth poetry competition

Open to poets from across the globe. With the festival moving to the weekend of 12-14 February, we simply had to choose ‘aspects of love’ for this year's theme. Use this as a prompt to explore love in any of its different forms, whether that be love of a person or of a place, whether you write about the joy of love, or the grief for love lost. The Saturday afternoons you give up for your beloved team, or your passion for evenings spent doing yoga or knitting. Write about love in whatever way you fancy, however it inspires you, and send your entries in before December 31st! 

1st prize for this competition is £400. 2nd prize, £150. There are three 3rd prizes of £25. Poems will be read, and winners chosen, by our judge Liz Berry.

Please visit http://www.wolvesliteraturefestival.co.uk/competition.html for more details
31st December 2020 1st €6,000


entry €15

The Moth Poetry Prize 2020

1st prize €6,000, 3 runner-up prizes of €1,000, plus a further 8 prizes of €250 for commended poems. The Moth Poetry Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as their poem is previously unpublished.

There is an entry fee of €15 per poem. This year’s judge is Nick :aird. Closing 31 December 2020. See www.themothmagazine.com for details.

6th January 2021 1st  £210


entry £3.50

THE POETRY KIT INTERNATIONAL POETRY COMPETITION 2020

 This year's competition is for poetry in English on the theme or subject of “home” which can be broadly interpreted and presented in any form or style. 

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 valued at £210 (this includes membership of our mentorship program)      2nd prize is £50

ENTER ONLINE - Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.org  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of info@poetrykit.org

all entries must be received before midnight 6th January 2021 Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.

Entry fees 1 poem £3.50   3 Poems £8.00  5 poems £10  (pay buttons on link below)

See more https://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm 

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4 - CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

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POETRY IN THE PLAGUE YEAR

We are inviting contributions from poets around the world for our online anthology for poems that are written during lockdown these do not need to engage with the pandemic but must be written during this time.  See https://www.poetrykit.org/plague.htm

Please send 1 poem per submission, include a short 3rd person literary biography, your location and the date the poem was completed.

send it to info@poetrykit.org   

31st December  2020

The Racket  - A literary journal in San Francisco.  Open for submissions  -

www.theracketsf.com

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5 - COURSES

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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. 

FAQ   

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.

 

UPCOMING SHORT COURSES FOR JANUARY 2021

(please book early to avoid disappointment)

 

Poetry Kit’s online short courses are over three weeks and a place can be booked by paying the fee using the PayPal link below the required course. 

 

 

Writing Ekphrastic Poetry – 4th - 25th January 2021

The aim of this course is to look at the different approaches that can be taken to bring new insights to poems that engage with a piece of visual art.  During the course poets will be asked to respond to a series of paintings using a variety of techniques. Poems will be workshopped, and full feedback given. The cost of this course is £30

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=H8J5AMXL8FTFN

 

 

Writing in traditional forms - 4th - 25th January 2021

This three week course looks at new modern ways to use traditional forms.  These forms can be ways for poets to grow the tools available and to find new ways to say what they want.  These forms can produce memorable and exciting ways to explore modern topics.  This is a challenging course that asks poets to look at some traditional forms in new ways. The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 –

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GY3FNDXNXT3H6

 

 

Poetry in changing times - 4th - 25th January 2021

This is a short online course for poets who want to look at the way their poetry can stay relevant in changing times.  We will be looking at relevance, authenticity and voice as cornerstones for producing poems that engage with change. We will look at personal, scientific and imagined responses.   The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 -

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=AMXZ6LGUKBKYU

 

 

 

 

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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