The Poetry Kit





I am pleased to announce the  results of the Poetry Kit Spring Competition 2021.   Congratulations to our winners and those commended by the judge.  We will be publishing the results online at  today and a report will be published on the page at the end of July.


Mary Devine, Competitions organiser, The Poetry Kit.


1st Place

Lesley Burt, Christchurch, UK

Turner explains colour to Newton during sunrise at the Cathedral


2nd Place

David Moore, Mason, Ohio, USA

Before I lost it



Charlie Bowrey, London, UK

Eastbourne pier


Lucy Crispin, Kendal, UK



Doreen Hinchliffe, London, UK



James Finnegan, Letterkeny, Co Donegal, Ireland

Thirteen Thigs I Get From Charles Wright


Miriam Patrick, W Sussex, UK

A Letter to Alan Lewis



For your information.



Summer School   2rd August– 5th September 2021  - All new content - ONLINE

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 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


To take one of our courses nothing is needed other than a way to connect to the internet and communicate with us, tablet, phone, laptop etc


Generally there are no set times to attend or sign in, and this flexibility means that a student can engage at a time which is right for them.  This enables students from around the world, in many different time zones, to participate fully.  For some courses there is a weekly timetable, were tasks have to be completed within the week.


On some courses, for those who want to engage with others, there is the option of a forum for the purpose of peer review and some discussion. This is through email and can be a valuable contribution to the overall experience.


All feedback to students is given personally and privately by the course leader and this will always seek to be encouraging, supportive and authoritative.  






PLEASE NOTE - This Competition is now closed


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. 


1st prize is £100

2nd prize is £50



Entry is by email to  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of

all entries must be received before midnight MONDAY 21st  JUNE 2021

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


Competition Judge;  JIM BENNETT

Jim Bennett lives near Liverpool in the UK and is the author of 74 books, including books for children, books of poetry and many technical titles on transport and examinations.

His poetry collections include;

Drums at New Brighton  (Lifestyle 1999)

Down in Liverpool (CD)  (Long Neck  2001)

The Man Who Tried to Hug Clouds  (Bluechrome  2004 reprinted 2006)

Larkhill   (Searle Publishing 2009)

The Cartographer / Heswall  (Indigo Dreams 2013)

He has won many awards for his writing and performance including 3 DADAFest awards. He is also managing editor of one of the worlds most successful internet sites for poets.  He has been nominated for a Pushcart Award on 7 occasions, and shortlisted for the Basil Bunting Award in 2013.  Jim taught Creative Writing at the University of Liverpool and now tours throughout the year giving readings and performances of his work.



Competition Rules


Poems, which must be in English, can be on any subject and presented in any form or style . 

There are no restrictions on content.

All poem must be the unpublished work of the person entering them into the competition.

The actual given name of the entrant must be given, even if the poem is to be published under a pen name.

Poems should not have any indication within them to allow for the identification of the poet.

There is no length or content restrictions and a short poem is just as likely to win as a longer one.

Poems must be entered by email to  the appropriate fee is paid through PAY PAL in Pound Sterling (GB Pounds).

Please attach all entered poems in one attachment using a standard Word file

Closing Date for all entries is midnight on 21st June 2021

Poems will not be accepted by post.

We cannot accept alterations to the poem once it has been submitted.

Poems cannot be withdrawn from the judging process once they have been entered.

In exceptional circumstances we reserve the right to vary the prizes shown.

Although copyright will remain with the poet, we reserve the right to publish any shortlisted poem on our website.

The decision of the judges is final and no correspondence will be entered into.




1  Pay the appropriate fee and obtain the transaction code.

Entry fee

2  Send your entry via email to  

In the subject line please state "competition entry"

In the body of the email please state;

Your Name

Your address

Your email address

Poem title(s)

Please attach your poem or poems in a single WORD or TEXT file, there should be no identifying features on the file other than the poem titles,

no other file types will be opened.  (No PDFs)