Dear Poet,


It's been a very busy January! We have just announced our top 100 longlist for Poetry Rivals and will shortly be announcing our 30 finalists; we've opened brand new competitions and we have been busy getting ready to announce our Great British Write Off winners which will be announced next month! 

Why not keep up to date with all the Forward Poetry news by following us on Twitter and on Facebook!


Please also note our offices will now be closed from 5pm on Fridays, but remain open from 8am to 5.30pm Monday to Thursday.
New Competitions!
Love Is In The Air
Love is something that touches all our lives. Whether it comes from our family, friends, pets or that special someone. Whatever love means to you, share your thoughts with us in verse.

Win £25

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Poetic Forms
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.

Win £25

Life and Times
Everyone has a story. Every person experiences the ups and downs, the happiness and heartbreak that make up life. Whatever your experience use the power of the verse to us the story that deserves to be told.

Win £25 
Forward Poetry Social - Top Five
Throughout the month of December 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:   

LadyLily with A Painter's Tale (Poet of the Month)
Dollyshoppingqueen with Accursed Love
Arturon with Infinite Space
Kyranadu with Markings
Poetry Rivals Top 100 Announced!
Out of so many fantastic entries our editors and judges have selected our overall top 100 longlist! 

We've recently written to the top 100, who'll each receive five free copies of the exclusive Poetry Rivals finalist book and the chance to perform their poem at the slam final at The Elgar Room, The Royal Albert Hall on the 2nd of April!

The 30 finalists are due to be announced in February so keep an eye out! 

Find out who made the top 100  here.
How To Write A Love Poem 
Anyone can have a go at writing a love poem. Why - because you are writing using your thoughts, feelings and emotions, a testament from your heart. You don't need any fancy equipment, any training or qualifications and everyone experiences love. Love is universal. Anyone can buy a card, some flowers, a box of chocolates, a bottle of after shave, or pick up the bill after a meal out, yet not many have the time or will put in the effort to write a love poem. Read our Love Poetry Workshop for hints and tips to create an original and fantastic love poem!

Read Full Workshop Here
Jawdance - 27th January - London
Whether you're a poet who loves to write and perform, or an audience member who just wants to sit back, relax and listen, Jawdance is for you!

This month will be headlined by the innovative Hannah Silva, with a feature set from Kareem Parkins-Brown, and music from Lanre. All this completely FREE, and hosted by the incredible Yomi 'GREEdS' Sode!

And, of course, not forgetting the renowned Jawdance open mic draw! Calling all poets, part-time poets, partial-to-an-open-mic poets, or even I've-written-what-I-think-is-a-poem-but-I'm-not-a-poet poets... Jawdance is your chance to share a stage with some of the biggest names in spoken word at East London's very own independent arts venue, RichMix.

Always fun, always varied, always supportive! Sign up on the night from 7-7.30pm to enter your name into the open mic lucky dip draw. 12 slots up for grabs, maximum 3 minutes each, selected at random - what have you got to lose?

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!

Wild Savannah by Neil Robins
Author: Neil Robins
Price: £6.99
ISBN: 978-1-908128-98-0

These are the adventures of two safari guides in Africa. As best friends since their early days at school, each of them has developed a passion and an abiding love for the ways of Africa, its culture and its fauna and flora. The opportunity to pass on their knowledge and experience of their environment to others is for them, an added bonus. Their stories take us on a variety of individual journeys where for instance, Sam and his clients survive a terrifying lion charge; where we witness an extraordinary event involving a stricken zebra foal at a lonely waterhole.

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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