the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





 July 2022



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





Valerie Darville and Anthony Fisher

of Enfield Poets





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 some face to face poetry events have not yet restarted.  Please check before turning upaz






4th July 2022 1st £2000

entry  £5
Coverstory Books' International Poetry Competition 2022
Open to previously unpublished poems on any subject, written in English. Entries accepted from authors aged at least 16, from anywhere in the world.
Prizes:   1st: £200   2nd: £80    3rd: £40

All winners to be published in forthcoming anthology.
There will also be three commended entries, whose authors will be invited read at a virtual poetry event.
Judge:  Brian Clark
Coverstory books’ 2022 International Poetry Competition – Coverstory Books – Ian Gouge, Publisher
8th July 2022 1st E150

entry E10

The Shahidah Janjua Poetry Competition  

The closing date for the competition is 8th July 2022 and the prizes will be awarded at the opening night of 21st July 2022 at the Community Centre in Ballybunion.

There are three cash prizes for first, second and third (€150, €100, €50)

The entry fee for the competition is €10 for two poems, each poem no longer than 50 lines long.

Submissions to be emailed to and payment to be made by PayPal to or by cheque to Ballybunion Arts Festival, Kiltean, Lisselton, V31 A527, Co. Kerry

Information about the competition, and all events at the Festival is on our website -

15th July 2022 1st  £350

entry £3

Frosted Fire Single-Poem Competition 2022

Currently accepting submissions for poems under the theme of “Every Breath”.

Judges: Ben Ray, Samantha DeFlitch and Janet Lees.

1st: £350
2nd: £150
3rd: £75
Three highly commended poets: £25

See Frosted Fire Single-poem Competition 2022 (

17th July 2022 1st £30

entry free
Chester Cathedral Young People's Poetry Competition
Open to poems of up to 40 lines on the theme of Awakening, written by UK-based writers. There are two age categories: 16-18 and 19-25.
Prizes (in each category)
First: £30 National Book Token
Second: £20 National Book Token
Third: £15 National Book Token
Judge Fran Pridham
Young Poet's Competition - Conditions of Entry - Chester Cathedral
31st July 2022 1st £300

entry £10 for 3 poems

Spelt Poetry Competition

Deadline: midnight, 31st July 2022

1st prize £300

entry fee £10 for up to three poems

Spelt Poetry Competition: Polly Atkin  The theme is ‘rural’ and this is open to interpretation. We want to see poems that validate and celebrate the rural experience. The competition is open for poems of up to forty lines in any style with a rural theme. All three winners will be published in the Autumn edition of Spelt, and invited to an awards ceremony, which may be either physical, or via zoom. Further details here:

31st July 2022 1st $1000

entry $15
  • RED WHEELBARROW POETRY PRIZE 2022: Judged by Juan Felipe Herrera! $1,000 for first place and a letterpress broadside printed by Felicia Rice of Moving Parts Press, $500 for second, $250 for third. Top five published in Red Wheelbarrow Literary Magazine. Submit up to 3 original, unpublished poems. $15 entry fee. Deadline: July 31, 2022. For complete guidelines, see

31st  July 2022  1st  £300

entry  £4

Ironbridge Festival of the Imagination opens its first ever poetry competition to poets from across the globe, welcoming poems on any and every subject. First prize in our competition will win £300, with a second prize of £125, and three third prizes of £25 each. In addition, poems sent in by people living in a TF postcode will also be eligible for our local prize of £50.

The 2022 festival takes place this autumn, from 16th September till October 2nd, bringing a diverse range of events and activities to our beautiful part of Shropshire. We hope to see you there. 

The competition opens on May 16th, and entries need to be in before the deadline of midnight on July 31st. Entry fee: £4 for one poem, £10 for three. Poems will be read, and winners chosen, by our judge Simon Fletcher.

Please visit for more details.

31st July 2022 1st £1000

enter £5

Winchester Poetry Prize 2022

Entries for the Winchester Poetry Prize are now open for anyone aged 16 or over. Poems can be on any subject, in any form or style and no longer than 40 lines. A number of free entries are also available for poets on a low income through a Pay It Forward scheme.

Judge: Jo Bell

First Prize: £1000
Second Prize £500
Third Prize £250

Long-listed poets will be invited to read at the prize-giving event in Winchester where the winners will be announced. Winning and commended poems will be published in a competition anthology to be launched on the day. There will also be a prize available for the best poem written by a Hampshire-based poet.
See Winchester Poetry Prize how to enter First prize £1000 (

1st August 2022 1st £500

entry £6
2022 MONO. Poetry Prize
The 2022 MONO. Poetry Prize is inviting poets to submit entries of up to three poems for their competition. Poems can be under any theme, and need not adhere to any line count or word limit.
There are three prizes of £500 (1st), £200 (2nd), and £100 (3rd), with the first prize winner to be published in the October 2022 journal. Three highly commended poets will be published on the MONO. blog.
​Judge: Joelle Taylor









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. 



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


JULY 2022


Psychogeography and Place in Poetry  - 4th   -24th  July 2022   (NEW)

This short course looks at ways in which the poet and the reader are influenced by place.  How the urgan environment can feed into the poetry and becomes an essential setting.  We also look at the way place influences the interpretation of the poem  and how to develop a sense of place in poetry.  The cost of the course is £30

Writing Ekphrastic Poetry   - 4th   -24th  July 2022

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


Poetry and the Natural world - 4th   -24th  July 2022

This is a short online course for poets who want to look at the ways to engage with  the naural 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 –


Poetry and Science - 4th   -24th  July 2022

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 –


Adventures in Poetry - 4th   -24th  July 2022

This short course looks at ways to approach poetry and to consider it in a wider context.  We will look at new ways to engage with poetry and the reader.  To present poetry in new ways and to bring a freshness to your writing. The course will be conducted online over three weeks, at a cost of £30 –



Summer School   1st August– 4th September 2022

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


The fee for the SUMMER SCHOOL 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


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




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.




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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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





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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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