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Free Your Mind - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 and a copy of the special edition publication (as chosen by the editorial team)

What does ‘Freedom’ mean to you? Does it conjure images of windswept beaches, listening to nature’s choir perform with the crashing of the sea’s waves? Have you been released from the restraints of a damaging relationship, or finally faced some emotional demons that have haunted you? So, whether it’s freedom from metaphorical shackles, or from the real thing, put your voice into verse and share it with us.


Closing Date: 31st December 2017


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For The Fallen - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 and a copy of the special edition publication (as chosen by the editorial team)

With Remembrance Day on the 11th November it’s the time of year to remember those who have lost their lives fighting for our country, loved ones we’ve lost and heroes that are close to our hearts. Whether war has affected you or your family, or you would like to celebrate the fallen soldiers, or simply remember someone special that you have lost we would like to hear from you. Whatever your thoughts, share them with us through the power of poetry.


Closing Date: 30th November 2017


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From The Darkness - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 and a copy of the special edition publication (as chosen by the editorial team)

What is lurking in the shadows? We are inviting you to write a poem based around things that go bump in the night. Your poem can be specifically written about ghosts, ghouls, shadows and other creepy beings or it could be written in regards to feeling left in the dark. Express your thoughts in verse today.


Closing Date: 31st October 2017


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Poetic Forms - Win £25

The Road To SuccessBest poet wins £25 and a copy of the special edition publication (as chosen by the editorial team)


The emphasis here is not what you write, but how you write it. We’d like you to write a poem using a specific poetic form; which one you choose is up to you. 

Take a look at www.forwardpoetry.co.uk/workshops.php for guidance on a range of poetic forms.


Closing Date: 14th August 2017


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Circle Of Life - Win £25

The Road To Success Best poet wins £25 and a copy of the special edition publication (as chosen by the editorial team)


What’s the meaning of life? Why are we here? What happens once we’re gone? We want you to explore life, death and everything in between. You could explore religious and mythical interpretations of the Circle of Life, thinking about reincarnation and the afterlife.

Whatever your beliefs, we want to hear what the Circle of Life means to you!


Closing Date: 31st August 2017


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Fun In The Sun - Win £25

The Road To Success Best poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)


Summer is definitely upon us! Where do you like to go to get away from it all? Do you have a particular place you always go back to or do you prefer discovering new and exciting getaways?

Whatever the reason, bring your favourite holiday destination to life in verse.

Closing Date: 30th September 2017


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Change The World

Best poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)

5th June is World Environment Day. From national parks, nature reserves to deserts and rainforests the world is ever changing. What are your thoughts, are we to blame for sea rises, climate changes or natural disasters?

Closing Date: 30th June 2017




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For The Love Of Pets

Best poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)

How much do you love your pet? Whether they are a dog, cat, horse, fish or budgie we would love to hear what makes them so special to you.


Closing Date: 16th June 2017




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Mind Matters - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)

Many of us feel the benefit of writing poetry; it’s cathartic pouring our emotions on to paper! Why not unburden yourself with the power of your pen? Release your inner poet today!

Closing Date: 31st January 2017







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Eternal Love - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)

Love is something that touches all our lives, whether it comes from our family , friends, pets or that special someone we choose to spend our lives with. What are your experiences of love? Whatever love means to you, share your thoughts with us in verse.


Closing Date: 28th February 2017




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Light and Darkness - Win £25

Best poet wins £25 and a free anthology (as chosen by the editorial team)

''Maybe you have to know the darkness before you can appreciate the light'' (Madeleine L'Engle). The symbolism of light and darkness has been used in many art forms throughout history. We're inviting you to write a thought-provoking poem, inspired by this theme, which is open for interpretation...

Closing Date: 31st March 2017







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Spring Awakening - Win £25