Dear Poet,

Over the summer we have been busy organising this year's Poetry Rivals competition. We know it hardly seems possible, but it's bigger and better again this year... Keep your eyes peeled as we will be launching the 2015 competition very, very soon!

If you're part of a writing group or poetry event and would like some Poetry Rivals competition flyers sending out, please get in touch by emailing

Don't forget it's National Poetry Day on the 8th October!

National Poetry Day 2015!

It's nearly our favourite day of the year... National Poetry Day!

National Poetry Day is on Thursday 8th October 2015 and this year's theme islight. There are events across the UK for all ages to celebrate and enjoy poetry.

Let us know how you'll be celebrating too - @ForwardPoetry #nationalpoetryday

Forward Poetry Social - Top Five

Throughout the month of August 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:

Kyranadu with Evensong (Poet of the Month)
Helenmatherrogers with This Gift
sheila with The Night Ship
sueb with Silent Appeal
ap staunton with Tony

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Animal Antics

Our favourite animal-themed competition is open for entries...

If you have a special family pet or love all animals big or small, this is the perfect competition to show your love through poetry.

One winner will be selected and win £25 and 100 postcards with a picture of their much-loved pet or favourite animal!

Only one entry per person in any style or format. (Photographs aren't required when entering.)

Closing Date: 30th October 2015

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Spiderwize - Bring Your Book To Life...

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 Isle of Wight Literary Festival 2015

This unique boutique festival has attracted many household names in the past, including Penelope Keith, Sir Max Hastings, Kate Mosse, Gyles Brandreth and Louis de Bernières, to name but a few.

When: 15th - 18th October 2015

Where: The festival will centre at Northwood House, Cowes, but some of the more informal and larger events will take place at venues across the town.

Twitter: @IOWLF


Spiderwize - The Thistledown Connection

What starts as a routine investigation for Chief Inspector Penney into the drug death of a wealthy socialite quickly escalates as potential witnesses are murdered. Meanwhile grief-stricken Army captain, Sticky Wood, is recruited into an MI6 secret ops unit involved in taking out terrorists in the Mediterranean and recovering drug shipments in Afghanistan and Mexico.

Price: £8.99
ISBN: 9781908128874
Author: Mike Mitchell

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The Magic Chair

The Magic Chair is back with a brand new 'Around the World' edition!

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

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