Dear Poet,

It's your last chance to enter this year's Poetry Rivals competition!

If you would like to enter please send your entry to us by Friday 27th November to be in with the chance of being one of our finalists, performing live at The Royal Albert Hall and winning a publishing package with Burning Eye Books!

Find out more here

Talking Crow by Jim Clarkson

Earlier this year Jim Clarkson was crowned the 2014 Poetry Rivals Slam Champion for his poem 'Things To Come'. Jim's prize was an amazing publishing contract with worth £1,999.

We are pleased to announce that Jim's poetry book 'Talking Crow' has just been published!

You can find out more about 'Talking Crow' at

Forward Poetry Social - Top Five

Throughout the month of October we had an array of fantastic poems being added to FP Social, which made it very hard to pick our Top Five and Poet of the Month...

Congratulations to:

Helenmatherrogers with we are the sky
Freely being mysel with Pains Let Go
Arturon with Freedom
Muccletonjoe with Through Streets Broad and Narrow
Kacie with Cobwebs Ripple

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An Ode To...
An ode is typically written in praise of, or as a dedication, to someone or something that captures the poet's interest or is an inspiration for their ode. Get your pen to paper and dedicate a poem.

Win £25

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World At War
What are your feelings on war? Do you strive for everlasting peace? Send us your thoughts on this subject in the form of a poem.

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Animal Antics
Animal Antics are looking for poems to express your love for animals, whether they are a dog, cat, horse or budgie, for our Animal Antics collection.

Win £25 and 100 A6 personalised postcards

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Great British Write Off Shortlist Announced!

We are very excited to announce that The Great British Write Off shortlist is now featured on our website! Please come and take a look at the top five from each country. The overall winners will be announced in January 2016.

Find out who made the shortlist here.

Poetry Library Book Club

Join the Poetry Library over two consecutive weeks when they be discussing the ten books shortlisted for this year's T. S. Eliot Prize, described as the 'world's top poetry award'.

Come and decide who you think should win!

When: 7 December 2015, 18:30pm - 14 December 2015

Where: The Poetry Library at Royal Festival Hall

Time: 18:30pm

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Spiderwize - The Thistledown Connection

If you have written a book and have always dreamt of having it published, why not consider self-publishing? Spiderwize makes the process simple, straightforward and successful! It all starts with a free Spiderwize manuscript evaluation, so why not get in touch with Laura or Hayley and discuss your options today?

Find out more here!

The Magic Chair

The perfect Christmas Present!

From New York and Australia to the African plains and China, this colourful rhyming story will enthrall every reader. You can create the main character; choose hair, eye and skin colour, then name them before adding a dedication.

There's no better way to encourage a love of reading when your child's the star of the story!

For further information or to order your copy today please visit

Tell Us About Your Literary Event!

We include a poetry or creative writing event each issue as well as feature a poetry book. If you'd like your event or book to be featured, please email and include details of your event or book. It's a great way to share news and raise poets' profiles with a friendly audience. Feel free to pass this information on to a friend or relative who may find this of interest!

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