the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett

 

 


 


THE POETRY KIT NEWSLETTER

 Sept 2021


 

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

 

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

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Online events

 

Via Zoom Summer 2021

CHELTENHAMPOETRYFESTIVAL.CO.UK

Cheltenham Poetry Festival - many online events through the summer.

Online Summer 2021

Death of Pablo Neruda

Ariel Dorfman's story about the death of Chile�s greatest poet, Pablo Neruda, and how his funeral became a powerful act of resistance against the brutal Pinochet dictatorship. Film by Ram Devineni. Watch for free at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_88Z-jHNbG8

Online Summer 2021 Ginsberg�s Karma is an insightful and entertaining look at a transformative phase in the poet Allen Ginsberg�s life -- his first trip to India in 1962 would transform him into America�s first hippie. While in India, he experimented with mind-altering drugs, spiritualism, and became a political activist. The documentary follows poet Bob Holman as he travels to India to piece together Ginsberg�s life there, and interviews many of the writers who knew him during his trip. Ginsberg�s adventures and what he experienced in India are the bridge between the Beat generation of the 1950s to the hippie counterculture of the 1960s in America. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Distributed by Virginia Quarterly Review. Watch free at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cl0iH7xUENo


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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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27th September 2021 1st £100


entry  £3.50

THE POETRY KIT EKPHRASTIC POETRY COMPETITION 2021

Our competition is for poems based on a painting (this can be broadly interpreted). 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

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 Monday 27th SEPTEMBER 2020

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

For more details see https://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp1.htm

15thSeptember 2021 1st E1000


entry E15
The Moth Nature Writing Prize 2021
Deadline:
15 September 2021
First Prize:
€1,000 plus a week at Circle of Misse in France
The Moth Nature Writing Prize is open to anyone (over 16) as long as their piece is previously unpublished. The word limit is 4,000 and there is an entry fee of €15. This year’s judge is Helen Macdonald, author of H is for Hawk. See www.themothmagazine.com for details.
27th September 2021 1st £100


entry  £3.50

THE POETRY KIT EKPHRASTIC POETRY COMPETITION 2021

Our competition is for poems based on a painting (this can be broadly interpreted). 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

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 THURSDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2020

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

For more details see https://www.poetrykit.org/PKcomp1.htm

30th September 2021

1st  10 Prizes of £100

 

 

Entry fee: £6.00

Manchester Cathedral Poetry Competition 2020

This year celebrates six centuries since the founding of the Collegiate Church which grew into Manchester Cathedral. We are celebrating the Cathedral - this extraordinary home of spiritual life and diversity, the beating heart of a vibrant city.  Entry fee: £6.00 for first poem, £2.00 per poem thereafter. 

Poems should reflect, express or connect with the Cathedral in some way.  Poems will be short – no more than 15 lines – so that we can make them really visible in the city and beyond.  Poems you submit should be broadly religious or ‘spiritual’ in nature and, like all good religious poetry, appeal to those who might not describe themselves as ‘religious’. We would like to see poetry from different faith traditions, as well as from those struggling to discover a sense of the sacred. Write in any style or form – your poems will be judged solely on their merits as poetry.

http://www.manchestercathedral.org/poetry

30th September 2021 1st  £200



entry £5

INDIGO INTERNATIONAL WILD NATURE POETRY AWARD 2021

OPENS: 1st JULY – DEADLINE 30th SEPTEMBER 2021

PRIZES: 1st £200, 2nd £100, 3rd £75 - all +anthology publication.

Additionally League Against Cruel Sports members will also be eligible for the League Prize  £75 + League goodie bag + anthology publication.

THEMES

•  Cruel sports in their various forms - includes Trophy and other hunting, shooting, animal fighting.

•  Wildlife in general

•  The natural world

•  The environment.

ENTRY FEE – £5 per poem or £12 for three. You may submit more poems with correct fee.

Guidelines and submission www.indigodreams.co.uk/indigo-wild-nature-award/4595294802

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4 - CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS

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30th September

Spelt Magazine: 

A print magazine issued four times a year. email submissions only to: speltmagazine@gmail.com 

follow guidelines set out on the website: https://speltmagazine.com/contact/

Spelt magazine prints poetry and creative non fiction that seeks to celebrate and validate the rural experience. 

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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

can be booked by paying the fee using the PayPal link below the required course. 

SEPTEMBER

  

Summer School   - 6th September 2021 – 11th October 2021 - Repeat of August’s Summer School

These year’s 5-week Summer School focuses on contemporary 21st Century Poetry.  With exercises, tutorials and reliable feedback the students will explore different poetry styles.  They will be introduced to new ways to approach their own poetry and helped to develop skills that will ensure that they will be able to develop further as poets.   They will undertake a personal project and get help in identifying their strengths so that they can get the very best from their poetry.  The Summer School is online over a five week period at a cost of  £45 

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=DL4U7KBE3H9NN

 The fee is reduced to £30 for anyone who has taken one of our other courses at any time. For the reduced fee please use this link

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=H88BLH9Z73ZEY

 

Writing Poetry for Children   -  6th – 26th  September 2021

This is a short online course for poets who would like to write poetry for children. On this workshop course we will look at what works in poetry for children and what does not.  Language and imagery, metaphor and how children see the world.  Holding a young person’s interest and storytelling  through poetry. 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=VS2TUQGPXYQFS

 

Writing in traditional forms -  6th – 26th  September 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

 

Writing Poetry and getting published 6th – 26th September 2021

This short online course is for poets who would like to know some of the ways in which they can improve their chances of publication either in magazines or in their own books of poetry.  This involves, approaches to writing poetry, promoting and presenting poetry, and finding new markets for your poetry.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=CL9P29RURXD9L

OCTOBER

 

Strategies for Writing Poetry– 4th – 24th October 2021

What do you do when you hit a point when the ideas and ability that you rely on for writing poetry dry up.  This happens to most writers from time to time, and on this course, we will look at proven strategies to get past this point.  This is a course suitable for everyone even if you do not have a problem as these are strategies to help approach poetry 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=YSCXM42LTKWGU

 

Poetry and Science –– 4th – 24th October 2021

This short online course looks at how poetry can interface with different sciences and provide a way to use exciting ideas in poetry, and how poetry can interpret a scientific world view.   Starting with geology, and onto physics and astronomy.  You do not need a scientific background just an interest in finding new ways to develop poetry. 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=2RJQ37ZF587LW

 

Writing Ekphrastic Poetry – – 4th – 24th October 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

 

Poetry and the Natural world – 4th – 24th October 2021

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 to the urban landscape and 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 –

ttps://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=2XUS74ASPPDZ6

  

SPECIAL OFFER

Book any two of these courses for £50 using the link below, and then please write to us at info@poetrykit.org to let us know which two courses you would like.

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=6ESMVNLE4NG6Q

 

 

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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