the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





 May 2021



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





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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

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


Online events






21st June 2021 1st £100

entry £3.50


This year's competition is for poetry on any subject.

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.  Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT

1st prize is £100 2nd prize is £50

ENTER ONLINE For more information or to enter online goto

Entry is by email to  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of

all entries must be received before midnight MONDAY 21st  JUNE 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 are as follows; 

1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10

2nd May 2021 1st  £1000

entry £6

The Mairtin Crawford Awards

The Mairtin Crawford Awards for Poetry and Short Story 2021 are opening.

The Awards are aimed at writers working towards their first full collection of poetry, short stories, or a novel. Both published and unpublished writers are invited to submit between 3-5 poems for the poetry award, and a short story of up to 2,500 words for the short story award, with the only stipulation being that they have not yet published a full collection of poetry, short stories, or a novel.

1st prize for each award - £1,000 and a 5-night stay at The River Mill Writing Retreat.
The 2 Runners Up for each Award will receive a cash prize of £250.

Moyra Donaldson and Annemarie Ní Churreáin (poetry award)
Lucy Caldwell and Paul McVeigh (short story award)

See  mairtin crawford award | mairtin crawford award | Belfast Book Festival

14th May 2021 1st Publication

entry £12

Live Canon 2021 Collection Competition

This Live Canon competition is for full collections of poetry, and is divided into two categories: First Collections, and Second and Subsequent Collections.

Collections are considered to be 35+ poems, but if the poems are particularly long (or short) participants should use their judgement. A collection is generally over 40 A5 pages. Less than that would be a pamphlet (Live Canon also run a pamphlet competition, so participants for whom this is more relevant should look at this).

The collection should not have been published before. It is fine if individual poems within the collection have already been published elsewhere (journals, magazines, online) but participants are asked to flag up at the start of the manuscript. All work must be, predominantly, in the English language. All work must be original.

Prizes:  3 books will win a publication contract with Live Canon

Guest judge:  Kirsten Irving

See Live Canon Submission Manager (

21st May 2021 1st £1000

entry  £6.50

Live Canon 2021 International Poetry Competition

A Live Canon competition for poems from around the world. Poems must be written predominantly in English, and can be of any length. Poems must not have been previously published.

1st prize - £1000.
16 poems will be shortlisted and performed at Live Canon's annual prize-giving event.
50 poems will be longlisted and published in Live Canon's annual anthology.

Guest judge:
Jennifer Wong

See Live Canon Submission Manager (

21st May 2021 1st £200

entry   Free

New Beginnings Poetry Competition

In response to a year of fear and confusion, toxic political discourse and strained relationships, New Beginnings is a poetry competition seeking to celebrate the theme of New Beginnings, open to all those who feel their voice was silenced in 2020 – from anyone in the world, any age. The competition will result in an anthology, scheduled to be published in September.

Poetry length: up to 100 lines or 750 words, only one (must be previously unpublished) poem per applicant.

1st prize - £200
2nd prize - £100
Special mentions at the judges’ discretion.
All of the poems on the shortlist will be published in a volume, and everyone included will receive a copy of the book, and will be invited to take place in an online launch event.

Miriam Halahmy (author and poet)
Denise Rawls (writer and head of communications at the National Theatre)
Hannah Fields (US publisher)
Tom Denbigh (Bristol Pride Poet Laureate)

See New Beginnings Poetry Competition – Renard Press

28th May 2021 1st  £250

Entry £4 

Wirral Poetry Festival 11th Annual Open Poetry Competition 2021
Adjudicators:  Brian Wake (open competition prizes) and David Costello (Wirral prizes). Open poetry prizes (Open to all) 1st prize £250;  2nd prize £100; Two runner up prizes of £25 each.  Wirral Prizes (open to adults resident or working in Wirral) Wirral Prize (First Prize): £100;  Christopher Salmon Memorial Prize (Second Prize): £50; Third Prize £25. Winners & runners-up will be invited to read their poems at an online celebration on 30 September 2021. Winning poems will be published on the Festival website but only with specific permission of poets concerned.

For full details and to enter visit:

28th May 2021 1st £100

Entry free

The Christopher Salmon Foundation Annual Poetry Competition 2021, in partnership with Wirral Libraries and Wirral Poetry Festival
for poems on the theme of Friendship, open to those aged 19 years and under in full time education in Wirral . Adjudication panel: Estelle Condliff, Mike Devitt, Celia Gentles, Alan Jennings and Anna Saunders. For information (especially for schools), contact Diane Mitchell (Wirral Libraries) or for further details and to enter online visit:

30th May 2021 1st £500

entry £6

International Welsh Poetry Competition 2021

The Welsh Poetry Competition was set up by poet and writer Dave Lewis in 2007. Now in its 15th year it is the biggest poetry contest in Wales.

1st Prize - £500
2nd Prize - £250
3rd Prize - £100

Open to adults and children - the competition has no age limit.

Judge: Kathy Miles, poet and short story writer. Her fourth full collection of poetry, 'Bone House', was published by Indigo Dreams in October 2020, and her pamphlet 'Inside the Animal House' by Rack Press in 2018.

See Entry - Welsh Poetry Competition

31st May 2021 1st £262.50

entry £4

The Frogmore Poetry Prize  awarded annually since 1987, and previous winners include Tobias Hill, Mario Petrucci and Lesley Saunders. Submitted poems must be in English and no longer than 40 lines.

250 guineas (£262.50) and a two-year subscription to The Frogmore Papers.

Judge: Clare Best

See  Frogmore Poetry Prize – The Frogmore Press

31st May 2021 1st £150

entry £4

Beaver Trust's inaugural International Poetry Competition on the theme of “Nature and the Ecological Emergency” is about exploring new ways to think about nature and our connection with it, whether through the engaging, humble beaver, the wide range of emotions brought about by the ecological emergency, our recovery and resilience building, or any other aspect of nature and ecology.

1st prize – £150 and publication in Resurgence magazine
2nd prize – £50
3rd prize – £25
A further prize will be awarded for the best poem with a theme of beavers at its core – £100 – plus a plasticine beaver made by renowned model-maker Jim Parkyn, of Aardman and Shaun the Sheep fame.
Beaver Trust is working in association with Resurgence magazine, who will print the winning entry and feature the other prize winning poems online.
All winners will also be offered the opportunity to visit the inspirational Cornwall Beaver Project (as featured on the BBC’s Spring and Winter Watches) for a guided beaver walk. There is no time restriction to this prize, it can be taken when convenient. Please note: this prize does not include the cost of travel or accommodation.

Judge: Terry Gifford.

See  Competition – The Beaver Trust Lodge




8th May 2021 New Defences of Poetry
What use or purpose does poetry serve, or might it serve, in a time when social justice issues are at the forefront of public discussion in the arts, academia and private life? In what ways can poets impact the civil rights movements that take centre stage in the news and on social media? Where does poetry stand in relation to the cataclysmic events – war, genocide, pandemics, the climate crisis – of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries? What is poetry’s relationship to activism?
At a time when the arts are increasingly under threat in public arenas, what place can poetry have in areas such as education, mental health or criminal rehabilitation? 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of the composition of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s ‘A Defence of Poetry’ (1821) – one of the boldest and most profound statements on the power of poetry to act as a social and political force. In celebration of this seminal work, the Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts is inviting submissions from practicing poets of short prose essays in response to the theme of ‘A Defence of Poetry’.
The works selected will be published on the NCLA Archives website in July 2021, with the possibility of a print publication to follow. The publication will be launched at an event at Newcastle University, at which selected authors will be invited to read both from their defences and from poems which they feel reflect, engage with or build upon their critical arguments. Full rules and guidelines, as well as contact details for the Editor, can be found at: . The Editor – David O’Hanlon-Alexandra





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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