the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett








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. 






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

Brixton 10th September 2019

'Where Words Meet Music� 
This is a 6 week creative course exploring the relationship between words and music. The course is led and curated by composer and vocalist Ben See. It will also include 4 guest tutors to share their various expertise and open new doors.
Through workshops and structured writing activities we will look at what poems and lyrics can learn from each other. This course is open to all, whether you're a poet looking to explore lyricism, a songwriter keen to extend the range of your lyrics, or a composer interested in setting text. This is an opportunity to explore new ground and play with different approaches in a friendly, supportive atmosphere.

Session 5: 08.10.19
7pm-9pm @ The Brixton Pound
Guest tutor Samantha Whates (songwriter & vocalist)

Session 6: 15.10.19
7pm-10pm @ The Brixton Pound
Conclusion & informal sharing

Tickets are �96
For more information, or to book a place email:

See also:

London 20th October 2019

Sun 20 Oct 2019, 2.30-5 pm, £22, Land of Heart’s Desire: WB Yeats Literary Walk

Every poet has, surely, their own Land of Heart’s Desire. For Nobel-Prize-winning poet WB Yeats the sublime landscape & legends of the West of Ireland inspired his early work. But poets need a network of publishing, poetry groups, friends, & literary-&-artistic connections in which to thrive, & Yeats’s unique genius was fostered in the unique & curious 19c Arts-&-Crafts garden-suburb/artists’-colony that was Bedford Park, in Chiswick, West London, where he spent much of his youth.

Join Irish poet & critic Cahal Dallat (founder/organiser of WB Yeats Bedford Park Artwork Project who’s lectured on Yeats for Poetry Society, Sligo’s Yeats International Summer SchoolMapping Yeats 2015 at UMKCWB Yeats Society of NY &c) on a Sunday stroll (starts Ravenscourt Pk Tube, District Line, ends Turnham Grn Tube) round Yeats’s favourite haunts, by way of Upper Mall, along Thames riverside by Old Chiswick Churchyard to Bedford Park, taking in, en route, Pissarro, Pope, Thackeray, O’Connell, Wm. Morris, Whistler, Stepniak, Shaw, Holst, Henley, other Yeatses, actors, anarchists, Brahmins, Buddhists, painters, publishers, typographers, & much more. Booking via: Coffee-House Poetry





20th November 2019 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. 

Enter by midnight on Wednesday 20th November 2019

1st prize is 100. 2nd 50

Entry fees are as follows;  1 poem    3.50   3 Poems  8.00   5 poems  10

Competition Judge; Jim Bennett


7th October 2019 1st 300

entry  3

Waltham Forest Poetry Competition

Open to everyone (UK and international) and there also separate prizes for people who live, work or study in the London Borough of Waltham Forest, and a Young Poets (under 18) section. The theme is: Where Im From.

Judge Graham Clifford is a published poet and head teacher based in Waltham Forest. His latest collection is called Well, published by Against the Grain. 

Any poem that references a location in Waltham Forest has a chance of appearing in the poetry anthology Where Im From alongside the winners and commended poems. 

There will be an awards ceremony on Thursday 14 November where all winners and commended poets will be invited to come and read their works.

Main prize: 1st 300, 2nd 200, 3rd 100. The overall winner will also be offered the choice of Poetry Society Membership (if they are not a Member already) or feedback on their poems via The Poetry Societys Poetry Prescription/Poetry Surgery service.   

Local prize: 1st 50, 2nd 30, and 3rd 20. The top 3 will also be offered a paid reading opportunity in the London Borough of Waltham Forest.

Young Poet Competition (under 18): No entry fee. Send up to 6 poems. Poets who live or study in Waltham Forest will automatically be included in the Local prize. Prizes: 1st 50, 2nd 30, 3rd 20. Local prize: 1st 50, 2nd 30, and 3rd 20. The top three in the Local Prize will also receive Waterstones book tokens.

For more information

8th October 2019 1st $1000

entry free
2020 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity. Top 50 quotations will be displayed January 18, 2020 through April 5 in Bayfront Park located in Sarasota, FL. An award of $1000 will be given to the quote that best embodies the themes of diversity and inclusion. For more details, please visit
20th October 2019 1st 1000

entry 6

Sussex Poetry Competition

Brighton & Hove Arts Council have announces the opening of the 2019 Poetry Competition in partnership with the University of Brighton. All poems will be judged by Dr Jess Moriarty MA who is course leader of creative writing at the University of Brighton.

First prize 1,000

Runner up 250

Second runner up Work, Write, Live creative writing course (University of Brighton)

First prize student competition 150

Four highly commended prizes 25

Winners will be notified in early November and will be invited to read their work on stage at the BHAC Poetry Festival on 24 November where they will discover the exact nature of their prize.

for more information

31st October 2019 1st 5000

entry 7

National Poetry Competition

The Poetry Society's National Poetry Competition is one of the world's biggest and most prestigious poetry contests. There's a first prize of 5,000 plus nine additional cash prizes.

Winning poems are published on the Poetry Society's website and in an anthology where it will reach an audience of poetry fans across the world.

All entries are ready anonymously by the judges, who this year are Mona Arshi, Maurice Riordan and Helen Mort. 

For more information

31st October 2019 1st 500

entry 6

Bedford International Poetry Competition

Poems must be no more than 40 lines. Written in English. Typed, on single-sided sheets and in a readable, 12 point font. Poems must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast, been placed first, second or third, or been awarded a prize in any other competition. Multiple page poems, sent by post, must be numbered and the complete set held together with a paperclip. The title of the poem must appear at the top of each page. Nothing must appear on any page which would identify the entrant.

For more information   




ongoing Poetry Super Highway poet of the week

Nine Muses Poetry is a webzine edited and managed by Annest Gwilym, poet and occasional short story writer. It features all forms of poetry by new, emerging and established poets, showcasing the best of contemporary poetry.

Now with a monthly challenge.

30th October 2019

The Poetry Village has been publishing online twice a week for over 18 months and is growing in reputation both in the UK and around the world.





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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