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This year’s competition is for poetry on any subject.
There are no style or length restrictions but it should be stressed that a short poem is just as likely to be selected  as a longer one.   Sole Judge for the competition is Lesley Burt.
1st prize is £100.
Selected poems will be published in a special edition of CITN ENTER ONLINE Entry is by email to  after an appropriate fee is paid by Pay Pal to the account of all entries must be received before midnight 23rd October 2017 Entries received after this time will be discarded. All entries are judged anonymously so please do not put any identifying features on the poems.
Entry fees are as follows;
1 poem    £3.50   3 Poems  £8.00   5 poems  £10
For further details and to enter online see


a few places still available for a June Start date – July dates available


We currently offer four online courses, suitable for the beginner, intermediate or more experienced writer. Including Mentoring and Critique service.
New courses start on the second and fourth Monday of each month.

Individual Online Mentoring for Poets is also available – Start at any time.

Comments from some of our clients;
“great value for money.  I highly recommend it.”
“…personal feedback I received was excellent and I still value everything we covered…”
“…feedback throughout the course was specific, helpful and thought provoking.”

For details of fees and enrolment please go to

If you have any questions regarding the service we offer please email;

*All courses conducted using email and occasional online downloads.
*Students set their own work times and pace.
*The only requirement is internet access.
*All required reading materials supplied or available free online.
*Full feedback and critique on all assignments.
*Courses available for every level of experience *All courses supervised by Jim Bennett (
*See FAQ –

Verbose Info

Host of popular live literature night Verbose takes a bow

After two-and-a-half years of running standing-room-only monthly live literature night Verbose, host Sarah-Clare Conlon is making the next outing her last.

Hailed by the media as one of the best spoken word nights in Manchester, Verbose’s headliners are always linked – this time we’re celebrating the annual National Flash-Fiction Day by welcoming leading proponents of the short-short story to the stage at Fallow Café in Fallowfield, Manchester, on Monday 26 June.

Compère Sarah-Clare, herself a champion of the form, will also read. Of stepping down from organising and hosting the event, which she has done since January 2015, she says: “I’ve loved every minute of running the night and have met some amazing people by doing so, but it felt the right time to hang up my Verbose boots.”

The three headliners this month are: Benjamin Judge, one of the founding members of the Flashtag writing collective; Tania Hershman, whose third collection, Some Of Us Glow More Than Others, came out last month, and Neil Campbell, who will be reading from his new collection of stories of fewer than 1,000 words, Fog Lane.

Since its relaunch in January 2015, Verbose has welcomed many luminaries of the literature scene, including poets Richard Barrett, Anne Caldwell, Michael Conley and Rosie Garland, and prose writers Jenn Ashworth, Stephen May, Nicholas Royle and Emma Jane Unsworth. Man Booker Prize-listed authors Ian McGuire and Alison Moore have been guests, and narrative non-fiction has also found its place. February marked the launch of David Gaffney’s new novel All The Places I’ve Ever Lived, with March welcoming Beth Underdown to read from her critically acclaimed book The Witchfinders’ Sister, and May hearing from Sarah Tierney’s debut, Making Space.

Taking place at Fallow Café (2a Landcross Road, M14 6NA), entry is free and doors are at 7.30pm. See Verbose also includes an open mic line-up – potential performers should email via for a slot.


The Garsdale Retreat

The Garsdale Retreat is now up and running! We are delighted with the enthusiastic testimonials received ahead of our official opening by Willy Russell on 29th June.

‘Far beyond my hopes and expectations…..stunning food, wonderful walks and encouragement for writing – all in abundance.’ (Eleanor);

‘The Garsdale Retreat lives true to Keats – I believe in nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections and the truth of the imagination – thank you for a wonderful week.’(Judith);

‘What a privilege to be a part of your first week! Nutritious food for body and soul.’ (Fiona).

The further good news is that we have places on inspiring courses to come, tutored by our outstanding team of writers. Also half price offers for the remaining places on both Jane Draycott and Pete Mullineaux’s courses, see below:


19 – 24 June:  Jane Draycott (guest, Kim Moore): Don’t Stop Now!  Taking Your Poetry Further Half price offer – please call 01539 234184 to book.

3 – 8 July: Pete Mullineaux/Moya Roddy: From Inspiration to Craft: The Making and Shaping of a Poem (optional daily Meditation included)Half price offer – please call 01539 234184 

24 – 29 July: Paul Henry (guest, Philip Lyons):  Writing Poetry

7 – 12 Aug: Rhian Edwards (guest, Fleur Adcock): Character Portraits – Escaping the Ego

21 – 26 Aug: Helen Moore (Polly Atkin):  Writing the Land: Crafting Poems from Inspired Communion

18 – 23 Sept: Simon Williams/Susan Taylor: Poetry: The Joy of Making.

2 – 7 Oct:  Hamish Wilson (guest, Kate Fox): It’s Not Just About Daffodils – Poetry for Beginners

Performance Poetry:

4 – 9 September:  Ben Mellor (guest, Ian McMillan): Re: Discovering Your Voice

Musical theatre:

11 – 16 September: Natasha Sutton-Williams (resident pianist, Phil Blandford): Musical Theatre

Novel Writing Tutored Retreat

17 – 22 July:  Hannah Vincent (guest, Umi Sinha): Writers Write – Novel Writing

Autumn Retreat (Untutored)

16 -21 October

For further information please go to our website –


Wordsworth Trust Prize

The Poetry Business invites​ ​r​eaders to vote for a first, second and third prize winner in the Wordsworth Trust Prize.​  ​

First Prize: £1,000​;
Second Prize: £300; ​
Third Prize: £20​0 plus a​ reading at the Wordsworth Trust and publication in The North magazine.

Follow this link to our website where you can read the 14 shortlisted poems chosen from entries to the International Book & Pamphlet Competition judged by Mimi Khalvati and Ian Duhig via a digital pamphlet.The winners will be announced at the International Book & Pamphlet Competition winners launch Reading at The Wordsworth Trust on Saturday 1st July.

You can vote for your chosen first, second and third prize winner via the voting panel below the digital pamphlet.

All voters will be entered into a draw to win one of four sets of winning pamphlets by Josephine Abbott, Katy Evans-Bush, Ruth McIlroy and Lesley Saunders.

You are warmly invited the Book & Pamphlet Competition Launch Reading and Wordsworth Trust Prize Winner announcement at the Wordsworth Trust in Grasmere at 2pm on Saturday July 1st. Visit the Wordsworth Trust website for more details.

Beehive Poets – A3 Review

Dear Beehive Poets Bradford,

We’d like to introduce your group to a new literary magazine, The A3 Review, and would like to encourage you to submit to our monthly writing contests.

The A3 – welcomes short stories, flash fiction, poetry, comics, graphic stories, a snippet of memoir, photographs, illustrations, and any combination of the above. The only restriction is a word-limit of 150 and images should fit well into an A6 panel.

Our upcoming themes include Dates and Dating, Silver Things, and an Open-Themed contest. Please visit our Submittable page here for more suggestions and inspiration, and do follow us on Twitter and Instagram, too. You can read pieces on our Instagram account from some of our back issues.

The stories and poems in our latest issue, Issue 6, take us from Sicily to Los Angeles via the Outer Hebrides. Oranges, fire, Lenin, kittiwakes and Dali’s Crucifixion are just some of the people and things glimpsed along the way.

The next deadline is the 24th of June. Please do spread the word amongst your members. And if you’d rather not hear from us again, please unsubscribe. We don’t want to spam anyone.

All the best,

Shaun Levin and KM Elkes
Editors, The A3 Review