the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett

 

 


 


THE POETRY KIT NEWSLETTER

April 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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1EDITORS 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

(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.

Poetry Kit Three Week Online Short Course

Writing in traditional forms -  6th – 25th April 2020

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

we will contact the email you pay with unless told otherwise.

 
Poetry Kt Three Week Online Short Course
Poetry and the Natural world - 4th – 25th May 2020
This is a short online course for poets who want to look at the ways to engage with  the natural world, and look at the impact of human activities on the world around us.  On this course we will move from the romantic view of nature o the urban to the impact of human activity. We will be looking at and writing poetry relevant to our changing world.  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=2XUS74ASPPDZ6
we will contact the email you pay with unless told otherwise.
 

Poetry Kit Three Week Online Short Course
Writing Ekphrastic Poetry – 4th – 25th May 2020

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 work-shopped 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

we will contact the email you pay with unless told otherwise.

Poetry Kit Three Week Online Short Course

New Poetry Workshop - 4th – 25th May 2020

This three week course looks at new ways to find subjects, write, edit and publish poems.  This is a challenging course that asks poets to look at these issues in a new way. Ideal for those wanting to write more and to have more tools available. 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=92UM85FEPMN9Y

we will contact the email you pay with unless told otherwise.



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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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17th June 2020 1st £100


entry £3.50

POETRY KIT SPRING COMPETITION 2020

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 2020

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

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO ENTER ONLINE SEE http://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp.htm

14th April 2020 1st £250


entry £5

South Downs Poetry Festival Competition 2020

The South Downs Poetry Festival 2020, in conjunction with Binsted Arts Festival, is seeking to award the Binsted Prize 2020 for poems on any theme. This is open to all poets aged over 16 yrs. The prizes are: £250, £150, £50.

In addition The South Downs Young Poets Prize (£50) will be awarded to the best poem on any theme by a poet aged 16-30 and also resident or studying in Hampshire, West or East Sussex.

Winners and runners-up are invited to the prize-giving evening on 12 June 2020 in Binsted, near Arundel, West Sussex.. Further details, rules & entry form are available on http://www.binsted.org/poetry-comp-20 ,

and via  www.sdpf.org.uk

18th April 2020 1st £100


entry £3.50

coastal writing for wellness competition is now open.

Sole adjudicator: Deborah Harvey

There are few rules other than the subject of your writing should be inspired by the coast, nature and all it encompasses. How you decide to interpret this is up to you, providing your piece is either a poem (maximum of 40 lines, excluding title, any form welcome), or a Flash Fiction piece (maximum of 500 words, excluding title, no minimum). You can submit up to three pieces and these should be unpublished and not be submitted elsewhere for publication (personal blogs are exempt). There should be no identifying factors within your submission.

Entry fee is £3.50 per piece, and up to a maximum of three pieces can be submitted. This can be a mix of poetry and flash fiction if you so wish.

https://writingatthebeachhut.org/2020/02/17/coastal-writing-for-wellness-competition-is-now-open/

27th April 2020 1st £200



entry free

Is Royalty Relevant? A Poetry Competition  from Holland Park Press

Write a poem about the relevance of royal families in today's society. You can write about any aspect of royalty: their role, actions, dress sense, sense of duty, scandals, economic relevance, artistic or sporting interests, their dogs and other pets or even their handbag (what’s in it?).

You can be a royalist or staunch republican, that’s all fine, as long as the judges are moved, excited, amused, annoyed or inspired by your poem. 

The author of the winning poem will receive £200. The winning poem and runners-up will be published in the Holland Park Press online magazine.

30th April 2020 1st £600


entry £4

Ware Poets Open Poetry Competition 2020

Prizes: £600, £300, £150, and the Ware Sonnet Prize (£150)

Informal prizegiving at Ware Arts Centre, Friday 10 July 2020.

Length:  up to 50 lines.

Sole judge: Glyn Maxwell

See http://www.poetrypf.co.uk/comps/ware20.pdf

30th April 2020 1st £600


entry £4

Ver Poets Open 2020

Poems of up to 30 lines are eligible. No restrictions on theme or form.

First prize: £600
Second prize: £300
Third prize: £100

This year's judge is Jacqueline Saphra. Jacqueline is a playwright, librettist and poet. Her second collection All My Mad Mothers (Nine Arches Press) was shortlisted for the 2017 TS Eliot prize. In the same year A Bargain with the Light: Poems after Lee Miller was published by Hercules Editions. Her latest collection is Dad, Remember You Are Dead from Nine Arches Press. She teaches and mentors for The Poetry School.

See https://verpoets.co.uk/poetry-competitions/

Revised Deadline 30 April 2020 1st £100


entry £4

THE FEDERATION OF WRITERS SCOTLAND VERNAL EQUINOX COMPETITION 2020

Five categories, poetry (any number of poems, no more than 40 lines each), short stories (any number of stories between 1,500 and 2000 words each), flash fiction (any number of stories up to 500 words), Gaelic (any number of poems and/or flash fiction, line/word limits as above), Scots (any number of poems and/or flash fiction, line/word limits as above).  Entry fee is £4 for first entry in any one category, £8 for two £10 for three £3 for each subsequent entry .

Prizes in each category: 1st prize £100, 2nd prize £25, 3rd prize £10

For full rules and how to enter email accclarke6@btopenworld.com 

30th April 2020 1st £100

entry £3

Grey Hen Poetry Competition 2020 is for women over 60. Poems up to 40 lines on any theme. Judges: Rose Cook and Gill McEvoy.  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 2020. Entry Fee £3.00 per poem, £10 for four. www.greyhenpress.com

1st May 2020 1st £1000


entry £7

The RSPB and The Rialto with BirdLife International and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative.

The closing date for entries is midnight on 1st May 2020.

As well as offering poets the chance to win considerable cash prizes and publication of their poems, the competition supports conservation and poetry. We are working in partnership with leading independent UK poetry magazine, The Rialto, as we feel the magazine will be the perfect place to showcase the winning entries.

Prizes  1st PRIZE £1000  2nd PRIZE £500  3rd PRIZE £250

ADDITIONAL PRIZE   personal tour with Mark Cocker of his most cherished wild life places in East Anglia. Mark is one of Britain’s most celebrated writers on nature.

Our judge is celebrated poet, Pascale Petit.

The entry fee is £7 for the first poem and £4 for each subsequent poem.

Full details and the facility to enter online can be found on The Rialto website:

 https://www.therialto.co.uk/pages/nature-poetry-competition-2020/

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4 - CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

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ongoing Poetry Super Highway poet of the week   http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/category/poets_of_the_week/
ongoing

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. www.ninemusespoetry.com

Now with a monthly challenge.

30th April 2020

The Projectionists Playground.  The autumn equinox has just passed by and it's time for me to send out this call for submissions for issue 11, to appear in June 2020. Texts as A5 pdfs, if possible, and images as greyscale jpegs please. Closing date 30th April 2020.

I look forward to reading your work. theprojectionistsplayground@gmail.com

See website for more information  www.the-projectionists-playground.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.

 

Poetry Kit Three Week Online Short Course

Writing in traditional forms -  6th – 25th April 2020

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

we will contact the email you pay with unless told otherwise.

 
Poetry Kt Three Week Online Short Course
Poetry and the Natural world - 4th – 25th May 2020
This is a short online course for poets who want to look at the ways to engage with  the natural world, and look at the impact of human activities on the world around us.  On this course we will move from the romantic view of nature o the urban to the impact of human activity. We will be looking at and writing poetry relevant to our changing world.  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=2XUS74ASPPDZ6
we will contact the email you pay with unless told otherwise.
 

Poetry Kit Three Week Online Short Course
Writing Ekphrastic Poetry – 4th – 25th May 2020

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 work-shopped 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

we will contact the email you pay with unless told otherwise.

Poetry Kit Three Week Online Short Course

New Poetry Workshop - 4th – 25th May 2020

This three week course looks at new ways to find subjects, write, edit and publish poems.  This is a challenging course that asks poets to look at these issues in a new way. Ideal for those wanting to write more and to have more tools available. 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=92UM85FEPMN9Y

we will contact the email you pay with unless told otherwise.

 

 

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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