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Dear Poet,

The Great British Write Off has now closed for another year. We received hundreds of fantastic entries and have closed the prize fund at £686! Our editors will now read through every entry and contact those who they’d like to publish.

Good luck to everyone who took part!

Poetry Rivals 2016

Poetry Rivals is back for 2016! Whether you’re an avid poetry writing or new to the craft, Poetry Rivals is open to poets from all walks of life. Enter for the chance to have your poem published and perform it on stage in front of a live audience and esteemed judging panel next year! Only the top 100 poets make it into print, and 30 finalists selected from the top 100 will be invited to the slam final! It could be the best tenner you’ll ever spend...

We are honoured to work in partnership with Burning Eye Books again this year, they will be awarding the slam champion with the top prize of a ‘Pamphlet Publishing Package’ with them! We also have a runner-up prize of a ‘Print on Demand Publishing Package’ with the amazing Spiderwize.

For more information on how to enter Poetry Rivals please visit

National Read A Book Day

On the 6th September the nation picks up a book and finds a quiet, relaxing spot to enjoy it. Whether you are a bookworm or a reluctant reader, this is the perfect day to try something new and get lost in a book.

Here are some books we recommend...

I See You by Clare Mackintosh
ISBN: 9780751566048

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley
ISBN: 9781408854310

The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins
ISBN: 9780552779777

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham
ISBN: 9781473622883

Kings Lynn Poetry Festival

THE ANNUAL KING’S LYNN POETRY FESTIVAL will take place over the weekend beginning Friday 30th September, commencing at 7.30pm in the Town Hall, Saturday Market Place. Meet the authors in an informal setting, hear them reading and you can even buy their books. Full details of the weekend’s events can be found at This is their 32nd poetry festival!

Tickets for all events are £8.50, available in advance or on the door. Student concession £1.00 (£5.00 for the week-end) A weekend pass is available at £37.50. Please contact the promoter directly:
01553 691661

Competition Winners Announced

Thank you to everyone who took part in Love Is In The Air, Poetic Forms and The Life And Times themed competitions. We received some fantastic entries and are pleased to announce that the winners are...

Love Is In The Air

Congratulations to... Alex Owens from Sowerby Bridge
Poem: Untitled
Featured in: Love Is In The Air
ISBN: 978-1-84418-709-6


Poetic Forms

Congratulations to... Anthony Di’anno from Scarborough
Poem: Eternal
Featured In: Poetic Forms
ISBN: 978-1-84418-711-9


The Life And Times

Congratulations to... Lucy Willet from Eastleigh
Poem: Incapacitated
Featured In: The Life And Times
ISBN: 978-1-84418-710-2


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NEW Poetry Competitions...

Road To Success - Win £25 and a free anthology your work features in!

How do we measure achievements? Is it by what we gain in the material - money, fame, possessions? Is it winning - getting to the top of our profession, sport or hobby? Whatever it is you're proud of, we'd like to read your thoughts in verse.

Closing Date – 28th October 2016

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Political Fortunes – Win £25 and a free anthology your work features in!

If there was ever a time to be inspired by politics, it's now. The EU Referendum, David Cameron's resignation, the Conservative leadership race, a new Prime Minister, the rise and fall and rise again of Boris Johnson. There's no shortage of material, so write a poem about the current political climate and send it in for the opportunity to be published!

Closing Date – 28th October 2016

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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!