the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





 April 2019



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

Liverpool 3rd April 2019

Ambit Magazine's 60th birthday celebrations at THE BLUECOAT Liverpool

Wednesday 3rd Apr 2019 7.00pm � 9.00pm

Ambit Magazine presents a celebration of 60 years of continuous publication with 

readings and a special workshop at The Bluecoat, School Lane Liverpool L1 3BX

Ambit is a London-based 96 page literary and art magazine that features poetry,

prose and art. The editors strive to feature fresh voices and visions from across the

world, placing first-time writers alongside giants of the scene.

Discover the amazing history of Ambit through letters from the archive. There will also be readings

from the famous Ambit 92 Liverpool issue published in 1983.

The evening will include a tribute to Henry Graham who was Poetry Editor of Ambit

for many years and who died in February this year.

Tickets: �6/5

West Hollywood CA 10th April 2019

Poetry Reading with WeHo Reads

Featuring: Kim Dower, Richard Blanco

Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Time: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Location: West Hollywood City Council Chambers

Address: 625 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069

DescriptionCelebrate National Poetry Month with a poetry reading at the West Hollywood City Council Chambers! Former West Hollywood City Poet Laureate Kim Dower will read from Sunbathing on Tyrone Power's Grave, forthcoming from Red Hen Press. Richard Blanco, Inaugural Poet for Barack Obama, will read from How to Love a Country, forthcoming from Beacon Press.

Following the reading and conversation, there will be a book-signing with books available for sale by Book Soup and a reception hosted by the Friends of the West Hollywood Library.

Admission: Free

Santa Monica. CA, USA 16th April 2019

An Evening of Poetry and Jewelry Making with Red Hen Press

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019   Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Annenberg Community Beach House,: 415 Pacific Coast Hwy, Santa Monica, CA 90402

 In celebration of Red Hen Press� 25th Anniversary, join Red Hen poets Katharine Coles, Matty Layne Glasgow, Kim Dower, and Jessy Randall for an evening of readings, augmented by jeweler Nicole Foos' talk on "Stories from Stones."

Free, but reservation is required.



Facebook Event:
Leeds 25th April 2019

The Northern Slamhouse Competition

Eight northern poets slug it out for a �200 cash prize and bragging rights at the Words in the City Slam Champion. With headline performances by Vanessa Kisuule and Gevi Carver. Hosted by Chris Singleton + Joe Kriss.

Thursday 25 April,7.30pm, The Holbeck, LS11 9QX





17th June 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  17th June 2019

1st prize is £100.  2nd £25   3rd  £25

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

Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT


Poems written as part of any of any PK Course are not eligible for entry.

16th April 2019 1st publication

entry £25

Straid Poetry Collection Award

The Straid Poetry Collection Award leads to the publication of up to two new Straid Collections by Templar Poetry following each submission window.

The award was founded in 2011. Submissions are welcome from both established and emerging poets writing in English from across the world.

22nd April 2019 1st E500

entry E12

Hungry Hill Writing are delighted to announce our new Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2019 and that Christy Ducker has agreed to judge for us this year.
We will be awarding a first prize of €500, second of €250 and third of €100.

Entry is E12 and cam be up to 3 poems.
We invite entries for poems on any theme related to politics.
For more details on the prizes, our judge, entry requirements and other competition details, please click above

The closing date for entries is April 22nd 2019.
30th April 2019 1st £100

entry £3

Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2019 is for women over 60. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: Julia Deakin and Janet Loverseed.  Prizes: £100, £75, £25. Download rules and entry form from website or send sae to Grey Hen Press, PO Box 269, Kendal, Cumbria LA9 9FE. Closing date: 30 April. Entry Fee £3.00 per poem, £10 for four.

30th April 2019 1st £600

entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2019

Calling for poems of up to 50 lines. Judged by Maggie Butt.

1st prize: £600  2nd prize: £300 3rd prize: £150  plus the Ware Sonnet Prize: £150

There will be an informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre on Fri 5 Jul 2019.


30th April 2019 1st £100

entry £4


For poems of any length on any theme. Our competition will be judged by poet and editor, LUCY TURNBULL of OPTIMUM MAGAZINE.   First prize is £100 Second £50 and all poems will be considered for our 2019 anthology.

Entry fees 1 poem £4   2 poems £7    3 poems £10     5 poems £14

All entries must be received by midnight on 30th April 2019.

For further details and to enter online see   

30th April 2019 1st £150

entry £3
Southport Writers' Circle International Poetry Competition 2018
Closing date: 30th April 2019. 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:
30th April 2019 1st $3000


2019 Berkshire Prize

Submission period: January 1 — April 30

Prize: $3,000 + Publication 

Final Judge: Olive de la Paz

The Berkshire Prize for a First or Second Book of Poetry includes a cash award of $3,000 in addition to publication by Tupelo Press, 20 copies of the winning title, a book launch, and national distribution with energetic publicity and promotion. Manuscripts are judged anonymously and all finalists will be considered for publication. Please read the complete guidelines before submitting your manuscript.

30th April 2019 1st £600

entry £4

Ver Poets Open Competition

This year's judge is Kathryn Maris.

1st prize: £600   2nd prize: £300   3rd prize: £100

30 poems are selected for the anthology. Send 2 copies of each poem entered with a completed entry form. A cheque payable to Ver Poets must be included.


30th April 2019 1st publication and $300

entry $25


Do you have a poetry manuscript that needs the right home? Are you working on a series of poems but don’t know where to send them? Submit to the Vallum Chapbook Award 2019 to have your work published as part of the Vallum Chapbook Series! 

Your chapbook could appear alongside some of today's most renowned poets, including Nicole Brossard, George Elliott Clarke, Bhanu Kapil, Franz Wright, Fanny Howe, John Kinsella, and more! 

Entry fee: $25

DEADLINE: April 30 2019

1st May 2019 1st £500

entry £6

The Mairtín Crawford Award

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  £500 and a three-night stay at Co Down writing retreat, The River Mill.  

entry fee £6
For further details, rules & entry form visit
1st May 2019 1st £100

entry £4

The Waltraud Field International Poetry Competition 2019

This annual, open poetry competition from the Crewe & District Writers' Circle invites poets to submit entries in English on any theme (max. 40 lines).

Judged by Angela Topping, the author of eight poetry collections and four pamphlets. Her work has featured in over 100 anthologies and many journals including Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The North and Stand, on Poetry Please and the A level syllabus. A former Writer in Residence at Gladstone’s library, she has judged several competitions.

Prizes:  1st: £100   2nd: £50    3rd: £25





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 April 2019  Poetic Voices is growing.

If you visit the site it shows you how to send me a recording.

30th April 2019

Lunch Ticket’s Poetry submissions open for Issue 15: Summer/Fall 2019! Lunch Ticket balances literary and visual art with conversations about social justice and community activism. We publish work by new, emerging, and established writers and artists, including those who have been underrepresented, or historically misrepresented. Submissions are always free.

Visit for submissions guidelines.





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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