the Poetry kit

ISSN 1468-3075
Managing Editor Jim Bennett





September 2017



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. 



Rick Lupert

Poetry Super Highway





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

South Molton, Devon 12th September 2017

An evening of poetry at South Molton Library

Join us for an enlightening evening of poetry from Sarah & Richard Westcott, James Bell & Mark Haworth-Booth who all have connections to the local area.

Tuesday 12 September From 6pm Tickets £2 from the library include wine and nibbles! 01769 572128 for more information

Newcastle 28th September 2017

Great Northern Slam

Hosted by Jeff Price

Special Guest Mike Edwards

Northern Stage

Barras Bridge


Thursday 28th September

Doors 7.15pm we start at 7.45pm

Tickets �10:00

Order tickets online at

Phone the Box Office on 0191-230-5151

Palmers Green 28th October 2017

Poetry in Palmers Green Reading Saturday 28th October 2017 � 6.45pm for 7.15 pm. Lovely warm welcoming venue. Come and hear poetry from: Maitreyabandhu, Ruth Sharman, Joan Michelson, Sonia Jarema and John Mackay PLUS music from Helios Consort @ Parish Centre St. John�s Church, Palmers Green, 1 Bourne Hill/corner Green Lanes, London N13 4DA.  *�5(�3.50 concs). * Books for sale *Refreshments * Book in early for open mic.* Contact Myra 020 8886 1329






23rd October 2017 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.   Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.

1st prize is £100.

Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE Entry is by email to comps@poetrykit.orgn   after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of all entries must be received before midnight 23rd October 2017 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 further details and to enter online see

4th September 2017 1st £150

entry £4

Nantwich Words & Music Festival Competition 2017

Deadline: 4th September 2017

Prizes: £150, £75, £50 plus 2 free tickets to Roger McGough reading on 11th October where winners will be announced. Winning poems will also appear in a special anthology to mark the Festival's 10th anniversary.

Entry fee: £4 per poem or 3 for £10

Entries can be on any subject and in any form with a maximum of 40 lines. Entries must be previously unpublished. Poems will be judged by John Lindley, Cheshire Poet Laureate 2004, Manchester Cathedral Poet 2010.

For further information and submission details see:
15th September 2017 1st $500

entry $15

27th SLO NightWriters Golden Quill Writing Contest.  This contest is run by SLO NightWriters, the premiere writing organization on the Central Coast of California.

The call for entries begins June 15, 2017 and the deadline is September 15, 2017.  The theme of the contest this year is Liberation.

For the small entry fee of $15, participants may enter one or more of the following categories:

Flash/Short Fiction

Now it’s writer’s call with this new merged category.  Test your skill in composing a Flash Fiction piece, or choose the standard Short Fiction format – your choice!  Entries may be no longer than 1,500 words.


Interpret the theme creatively in a poem up to 40 lines in length.

Creative Non-Fiction

This is a brand new category this year, by popular demand!  Tell any true story within the theme with a personal story, personal essay, or memoir up to 1,500 words.

Entries are accepted via Submittable, a secure online submissions management tool, at  and on the Enter Here link.

All contest rules and other contest information can be found on our webpage,

15th September 2017 1st Pkt Hobnobs

entry free

We're a new UK based Poetry Magazine aiming at regular biweekly updates. We take submissions through email only at We're a publisher primarily of anti-poetry and surreal trash.

We're also currently running a competition with a dealing of the 15th of September 2017. First prize is a packet of hobnobs and a hand drawn picture of Jacob Rees-Mogg. Entry is Free. As a Summary: Myth of Mogg Competition Adjudicator: WFP Editorial Team. Send us your myths on Mogg in whatever form your heart or kidneys desire. For further details visit

21st September 2017



Entry  $10

Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival Poetry Contest

Poems of maximum 50 lines in length not including title and stanza breaks

Unpublished poems only, international entries welcome

Winner to be announced at the festival on 5 October 2017

Full details and entry here

22nd September 2017 1st Publication + $100 + reading

entry $20

:C&R Press Summer “Tide Pool” Chapbook Series

Deadline: September 22, 2017

First Prize: 1-3 authors selected for publication receive ten copies of the book, $100 dollars and a reading in New York City.

Summary: C&R Press is current reading submissions to our Summer “Tide Pool” Chapbook Series. Entries are open from the Summer Solstice (June 21) to the Autumnal Equinox (Sept 22).

In Spring 2018 C&R Press will publish 1-3 chapbooks of poetry, short stories, or other types of literary or mixed work. Summer Tide Pool Chapbooks of poetry are between 20-40 pages, and chapbooks of fiction, creative nonfiction, essays and mixed work are between 25-60 pages not including front matter. Manuscript authors selected for publication receive ten copies of the book, $100 dollars and a reading in New York City.
We are looking for work that is developed, polished, and has a strong singular voice. We encourage emerging and established authors in the manuscript process to submit their best work. 

Please visit our Submittable for all submissions or our website for more details. 

23rd September 2017 lots of prizes

entry $1

Announcing the 2017 Poetry Super Highway Poetry Contest

It's our twentieth annual Poetry Contest featuring cash prizes and 47 sponsors who've donated 94 additional prizes.  Last year we were able to send every contest entrant a prize for participating and we're hoping to do the same this year. (Click here for information on sponsoring this year's contest.)

Read below for all the Entry Guidelines, The Complete Prize List, The Judges, and the 2017 Contest Calendar.

Entry Guidelines | Prizes | Meet Your Judges | Contest Calendar
27th September 2017

1st $400 USD

Entry  $8


Los Gatos Irish Writers’ Festival Youth Poetry Contest (Under 18’s)

Poems of maximum 50 lines in length not including title and stanza breaks

Unpublished poems only, international entries welcome

Entrants must be under 18 years of age

Winner to be announced at the festival on 5 October 2017

Full details and entry here

29th September 2017 1st  Pamphlet published

entry £10

Poetry Rivals 2017
Closing date: 29th September 2017.
Prizes: Pamphlet publishing contract with Burning Eye Books.
Entry fee: £10.
Looking for: Poems of any length. Shortlisted poets will be invited to perform at a live slam final.
29th September 2017 1st £10,000

entry £17.50

The Manchester Poetry Prize 2017

Chair of Poetry Judges: Adam O'Riordan. £10,000 prize for the best portfolio of three to five poems (maximum combined length: 120 lines). Open internationally to new and established writers aged 16 or over (no upper age limit).
Entry £17.50

For more information see: 

30th September 2017 1st £150

entry £3

Salopian Poetry Society - 41st annual, open poetry competition

1st prize £150; 2nd £100; 3rd £50; ten consolation prizes of £20.

Maximum number of lines increased to 80.

Closing date 30th September 2017.

Full rules and entry form at :-

30th September 2017 1st $1,500

entry $12
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest
Closing date: 30th September 2017.
Prizes: $1,500 in each category, ten $100 honorable mentions.
Entry fee: $12.
Looking for: Poems in two styles: open and traditionally rhymed. Up to 250 lines.
See website:
30th September 2017 1st £300

entry £6
Bedford Writing Competition 2017
Prizes: Prizes: £300, £150, £100. Special Bedford Prizes: Short Story £100;Poem £100. All shortlisted entries will be published as a download anthology.
Entry fee: Fees: £6 or 3 for £12.
Looking for: Story: up to 3000 words. Poems: up to 40 lines.
Further info: Judges: Ruth Hogan, Lesley Saunders, Steve Lowe.
As a not-for-profit group, all net proceeds go to charities/projects that help children or adults improve literary skills.
30th September 2017 1st £250

entry £10

Hammond House Poetry Competition

Deadline 30 September 2017

First Prize £250  - Entry £10, members £5

International Poetry Prize 2017.  Judges: Christopher Sanderson, Robert Etty, and Paul Sutherland.   Award Ceremony 13th December 2017 at the UCG Grimsby.  First prize £250,  2nd Prize £50, 3rd Prize £25.  Worldwide publication for 25 shortlisted entries.   Full details, rules and entry form, at

30th September 2017 1st £300

entry £25

SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition 2017

The third SPM Publications Poetry Book Competition is for full length poetry collections. Three collections will be awarded the First, Second and Third prizes of £300, £200 and £100 plus a standard publishing contract. Each winner will also receive 20 copies of his or her collection. For the first stage of the competition, entrants submit 20 pages of poetry that will form part of the final collection.The 20 pages may be made up of any number of poems, of any length, on any subject. All poems submitted for this stage of the competition must be previously unpublished. The collections should be submitted under Pen Names. The Cover Notes should have both the author's real and pen names. The submission deadline for The First Stage is 30th September, 2017 The Shortlist A shortlist of five collections will be announced on 31st October, 2017 The Second Stage Authors of the five shortlisted collections will be invited to submit their full collections. The full collections may include poems previously published in magazines, journals or in multi-author anthologies. The submission deadline for The Second Stage is 30th November, 2017. The winners will be announced on 5th January, 2018. The Judge Roger Elkin
£25.00 per collection

For details see





To be considered as a featured poet in Caught in the Net or for our Poem of the Week, please send one poem and bio to mark subject “poetry submission” 


ongoing Poetry Super Highway poet of the week
30th September 2017 Optimum Poetry Zine  We are a new zine looking to publish the very best contemporary poetry. We will accept the original poetry from around the world in any form and any subject We are open for submissions.  Send up to five poems to Lucy Turnbull at

1st October 2017

The Voices Israel Group of Poets in English announces the 28th annual Reuben Rose Poetry Competition

Entries must be received no later than October 1st 2017.
Overseas Judge – Rick Lupert, USA

Rick Lupert has been involved in the Los Angeles poetry community since 1990.  He is the recipient of the 2014 Beyond Baroque Distinguished Service Award for service to the Los Angeles poetry community. He served for two years as a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets, a non-profit literary organization, established in 1980, which produces readings and publications out of the San Fernando Valley.

Rick created and maintains the Poetry Super Highway, an online resource and publication for poets. His poetry has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals. He is the author of 20 collections of poetry and the forthcoming “A Poet’s Siddur”. He also writes the Jewish poetry blog From The Lupertverse for the Los Angeles Jewish Journal.

Ricky Rapoport Friesem of Israel, last year’s Reuben Rose first prize winner

Joyce Schmid of USA, last year’s Reuben Rose second prize winner


First prize is $500, second prize is $150, third prize is $50.

Ten honorable mentions are awarded.

Prizewinners and all honorable mentions will be published in the Voices Israel 2018 poetry anthology.

12th November 2017

Zymbol Magazine is publishing books!!! Each book we publish will receive full distribution, a sponsored reading, an ad in our annual international newsstand edition of Zymbol magazine and copies of the book. Our open call is for all genres, approaches and subject matter and we're looking for novels, short story and poetry collections





Poetry Kit Online Poetry Courses


New courses starting 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.

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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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



Proofreading service

Scholarly proofreading - very reliable, set up for students originally but will handle anything at a reasonable cost.

Also write CV's.



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