Dear Poet,

Congratulations once again to all of our Poetry Rivals 2013 Slam Finalists, we are still waiting to hear from a few of you regarding whether you can attend the final on the 3rd May 2014. If you are one of the finalists, please make sure you let us know if you are able to attend by Monday 31st March! You can view the names of all the finalists here.

We can't wait for the slam final and to see who is crowned The Poetry Rivals 2013 Slam Final Champion! We'll bring you more news next month about the slam final preparations ...

Love Is In The Air, Mother To Me and An Ode To...

Our current competition themes close on the 28th March, so don't miss out, send your poem or poems in to us today! Whether you have a poem for each of these themes or one special poem you would like to enter, simply post, email or upload your poem. Selected poems will be published in a special anthology and the overall winner from each competition will win £25!

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Newsletter Book Giveaway

World Poetry Day was celebrated on the 21st March 2014. Did you attend an event, or celebrate in any way? Forward Poetry is marking this day with you by giving away three poetry books to three of our newsletter subscribers! All you have to do to enter is send your details to and the winners will be announced in next month's newsletter. The titles up for grabs are 'Selected Poems' by Paul Farley, 'Tyger, Tyger and Other Much-Loved Poems you Half-Remember' by Ana Sampson and 'The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems (ideal for children)'. Good Luck!

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How to write a Shakespearian Sonnet

It's William Shakespeare's 450th birthday anniversary on the 23rd April 2014. Celebrate Shakespeare by penning your very own sonnet using our free online workshop! Also, if you have a child/grandchild who is learning about Shakespeare in school, we have great fact pack all about Shakespeare on our Young Writers' site, packed full of games and facts about his life!

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Forward Poetry Social

Have you signed up to our free online community, Forward Poetry Social, yet? Take a look and share, comment and chat to other poets from across the world! Every month we select the best top five poets who have shared their work and award one of them 'poet of the month'. It's fun, friendly and free! Who knows, you could be our next poet of the month!

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