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Dear Poet,

This month we have been busy putting the finishing touches to The Great British Write Off, yes it's back! This year we have new judges and new prizes...

We are calling all poets and writers to take part by sending in their poems on any theme for the chance to win an amazing cash prize! We also have a 2nd place prize of a £500 Book Printing UK voucher and a 3rd place prize of £100. The competition is free to enter and for every entry we receive we will be adding 50p to the prize fund.

This year our confirmed judges are Mark Grist, Angela Readman and The Great British Write Off 2015 winner Brian Bilston!

Don't forget to watch our fun Poets Vs Writers Video battles! When this video reaches 300 views we'll add £100 to the prize fund, so get watching and sharing!

Closing Date 29th July 2016

Edinburgh Fringe Festival

When: 5th – 29th August 2016

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the largest arts festival in the world and takes place every August for three weeks in Edinburgh, Scotland's capital city.

Every year thousands of performers take to hundreds of stages all over Edinburgh to present shows for every taste. From big names in the world of entertainment to unknown artists looking to build their careers, the festival caters for everyone and includes theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, circus, cabaret, children's shows, musicals, opera, music, spoken word, exhibitions and events.

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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 Hayley and discuss your options today?

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Book of The Month: This Summer and That Summer by Sanjeev Sethi

This Summer and That Summer is Sanjeev Sethi's third collection and one in which he has further sharpened the sensibilities of his acclaimed previous work, finding greater depths in the demotic. Navigating between inner and outer worlds, this poised collection offers solace and cynicism in equal measure. Moments of tactile beauty blossom in a sometimes brutal urban landscape as the poet finds the sublime in the everyday, never losing his skill for 'terse language' and 'controlled sentiments'

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Perfect Pets, Inspirational Idols and Limerick Legends Closing Soon!

At the end of this month our current competition themes, Perfect Pets, Inspirational Idol and Limerick Legends will be closing. We have received some fantastic poems in so far, send yours in today to be in with the chance of winning the cash prize and a free copy of the exclusive anthology!

Closing Date: 30th June 2016

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Forward Poetry Social – Top Five

Throughout the month of May, 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...

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Congratulations to:

Arturon with The Jar
Helenmatherrogers with He Loves Me Not
Dollyshoppingqueen with The Selfie
Gaza with You Smell Like Summer
Carrie with Joan of Arc

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Shortlist announced for The Forward Prizes

Congratulations to all of the shortlisted poets! The Forward Prizes for Poetry are the most coveted awards for poetry published in Britain and Ireland. There are three prizes – £15,000 for Best Collection, £5,000 for Best First Collection and £1,000 for Best Single Poem.

The winners will be announced at the Royal Festival Hall on 20th September 2016. If you would like to go along you can find out more information about tickets here (please contact the organiser directly).

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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!