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Dear Poet,

As winter draws in it's time to dig out your warm socks, blankets, hot chocolate and get lost in a good book. On the 6th October it is National Poetry Day, in this month's newsletter we have listed a few great poetry books we think you should read before the end of 2016... let us know what you think!

Are you a Forward Poetry Social member? If not join for free today and start sharing your poetry with fellow poets in time for National Poetry Day!

Poetry Rivals 2016

Have you ever wanted to perform your poetry live? Here's your chance to make that dream come true. Poetry Rivals gives both new and established poets the chance to have their poetry published, perform in front of a live audience, panel of judges plus the chance to win an amazing prize! The top 100 poets make it into the exclusive anthology (and receive 5 free copies of it!),then 30 finalists selected from the top 100 will be invited to the slam final! It could be the best tenner you'll ever spend…

Our prize sponsors Burning Eye Books and Spiderwize have offered amazing prizes for the slam champion and one runner-up. 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.

Slam champion - A Pamphlet Publishing Package with Burning Eye Books
Runner-up - A Print on Demand Publishing Package with Spiderwize

For more information on how to enter Poetry Rivals please visit

National Poetry Day - 6th October

With National Poetry Day around the corner why not check out these fantastic poetry books to your reading list.

Things You Find in a Poet's Beard
By A. F Harrold
ISBN: 978-1909136618
RRP: £9.99
Publisher: Burning Eye Books

Shakespeare's Sonnets
By Katherine Duncan-Jones
ISBN: 978-1408017975
RRP: £9.99
Publisher: Bloomsbury

The Sunshine Kid
By Harry Baker
ISBN: 978-1909136281
RRP: £8.99
Publisher: Burning Eye Books

Cherry Pie
By Hollie McNish
ISBN: 978-1909136557
RRP: £9.99
Publisher: Burning Eye Books

Cheltenham Literature Festival – 7th – 16th October 2016

One of the oldest and best loved literature festivals in the world, lectures, poetry readings, children's events, interviews, storytelling, book groups, writing workshops, education projects and live literature. Over 100,000 tickets are sold for the ten day event!

This autumn the festival will welcome over 600 of the world's greatest writers, poets, politicians, thinkers and stars to Cheltenham for an inspiring mix of debate and discussion. Why not treat yourself to a ticket to one of the biggest and best literature festivals in the UK!

Find out more at

The Man Booker Prize 2016

Congratulations to the six finalists in The Man Booker Prize for 2016 who are now all in the running for the top prize of £50,000...

The winner is due to be announced on the 25th October 2016.

2016 Man Booker Shortlist

The 2016 shortlist of six novels is:

Paul Beatty (US) - The Sellout (Oneworld)
Deborah Levy (UK) - Hot Milk (Hamish Hamilton)
Graeme Macrae Burnet (UK) - His Bloody Project (Contraband)
Ottessa Moshfegh (US) -Eileen (Jonathan Cape)
David Szalay (Canada-UK) - All That Man Is (Jonathan Cape)
Madeleine Thien (Canada) - Do Not Say We Have Nothing (Granta Books)

Have you read any of these books? Who would you like to win? Share your thoughts on FP Social or tweet us @forwardpoetry

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‘The Search for Santa' Rhyming Story Book is Now Available!

The Magic Chair is excited to announce that their very first Christmas book has now arrived!

The Magic Chair is a uniquely crafted personalised adventure story book, where you can personalise the star of the story. It's a perfect gift for 0-8 year-olds and won't break the bank! Watch their face light up when they see their name and personalised character on the front cover and throughout the book.

Let the latest instalment of the Magic Chair series take children on a quest like no other. Soaring high into the night's sky, visiting Santa's little helpers, Rudolph and the Snowmen at the Christmas Ball - there's lots of exciting places to be on this magical Search for Santa.

Create your personalised book here...

Poetry Workshops

Using our online poetry workshops discover how to write a number of different poetry styles including odes, a triolet, cinquains and lots more! Once you have created your masterpiece why not submit it into one of our competitions?


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 Haylee and discuss your options today?

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