The Poetry Kit





Poetry Kit Poetry Competition, Summer 2017 Results
Reading the entries was a real pleasure. There were many with clever use of language and  strong images.
Winning Poem
According to Him by Terry Jones, from Carlisle
This is a well-chosen title that is more than just a name to identify the poem in setting the tone and the role of a kind of ‘third person’ narrator. The poem flows really well, tells us something of the kind of person the ‘him’ is, and contains some wonderful images; I especially loved: ‘coronas/of moth and midge’, ‘every fox almond-eyed and bushy, red as its myth’, and: ‘fussed full of trout’.
Highly Commended
From Manchester to Barra by Will Daunt, Ormskirk, Lancs
This poem was another I kept going back to. The image of pebbles in the first stanza tells so much in so few words, and follows through ‘rocks of family’ to the ‘stone’s throw’ of the final stanza. The language in places seems reminiscent of Dylan Thomas, perhaps especially in the second stanza. outstanding images; for example: ‘every fox almond-eyed and bushy, red as its myth’.
Commended Poems
From Barra to Vatersay by Will Daunt, Ormskirk, Lancs – this seems to be a companion piece to the highly commended poem, and is very evocative of life in a Hebridean landscape.
Mr Cox’s Monterey Pines by Dawn Bauling,  Beaworthy, Devon  Ronnie Goodyer
–  this poem gives a real sense of carpe diem: how artist, photographer and poet work to capture the immediate moment.
Another Memory of Her, by James Babbs, Stanford, Il, USA
where a title works so well throughout the reading of the poem,
In the wings by Adele Cordner, Magor, Monmouthshire
 for its evocative final stanza,
Soldiers for a New Millenium by Sharyl Heber,  Los Osos, CA   USA
which manipulates rhythm and language so well.
Other shortlisted poems
Hettie Gets Out by Janine Booth
Vogue Poetic Justice cut-up by Myrtle V
Procrastination by Susan Donaldson
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. 
The top ten poets will be published in a special edition of CITN
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 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
Competition Judge;  LESLEY BURT

Lesley’s poetry has been published in magazines and anthologies over many years, including: Tears in the Fence, The Interpreter’s House, Sarasvati, Reach, Prole and The Butchers Dog and Sentinel Literary Quarterly Oct-Dec 2016; also online, including by the Poetry Kit website, Long Exposure and Strange Poetry. She wrote a chapter for: Teaching Creative Writing (2012, editor Elaine Walker). She won first prize in the August 2016 Sentinel Literary Quarterly Poetry Competition.

She lives in Christchurch, Dorset, where she was born and has spent most of her life, enjoying the coast, New Forest, and feeling very lucky that her family lives locally too. Since retirement from a career in social work and social work education, she supports the local library in promoting poetry and has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University.

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 23rd October 2017
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.


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)