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Want to See Vanessa Kissule Live in November... ?

Date Posted: 16-10-2015 13:19:53


Peterborough poet, Charley Genever, has organised a fantastic spoken word night, which features a performance from Vanessa Kissule (Poetry Rivals 2011 Slam Champion and 2015 judge).

 

If you'd like to see Vanessa Kissule perform her amazing poetry live this November, then get yourself over to EventBrite to

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Never Miss Out!

Date Posted: 14-10-2015 12:20:58


Never miss out on Poetry Rivals' latest news and competition offers again!

Simply register your email here and we'll keep in touch. It's really that easy!



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Poetry Rivals 2015 Call for Submissions

Date Posted: 12-10-2015 11:44:28




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Poetry Rivals 2014 Slam Champion is Crowned!

Date Posted: 11-05-2015 10:45:18


On Saturday 2nd May, Poetry Rivals held its 6th finalists’ slam, this year at the John Clare Theatre in Peterborough. This much-anticipated event was packed full of poets, their family and friends, all eagerly awaiting their performance and to find...

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Carmina Masoliver 16-15 Slam Champion's Video

Date Posted: 10-03-2015 14:03:43


Last year Carmina Masoliver performed at our poetry slam final. Carmina became the 2013 Poetry Rivals 16-25 Slam Champion and won a performance poetry package.

 

Since the slam Carmina has performed on stage at the Secret Garden Party, had a one-to-one poetry session with Mark Grist and the final part of her prize package was to have her poem recorded.

 

Carmina...

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Find Out More About Gerry Miller, 2012 Poetry Rivals Champion...

Date Posted: 15-10-2014 11:52:28


Since winning the 2012 Poetry Rivals competition, Gerry Miller has been overwhelmed by invitations to give talk, readings and workshops both in Northern Ireland where he lives and in East Anglia where he is a frequent visitor.

 

After...

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Carmina Masoliver Tells Us About Her Win!

Date Posted: 09-10-2014 10:47:36


"I was blown away by the talent at Poetry Rivals 2013 and though I was keen to win, it was really surreal when my name was read out. At the older end of the age spectrum, I had competed about four years prior to this and so this time I was pretty determined...

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Poetry Quiz

Date Posted: 03-10-2014 10:33:54


By Ana Sampson, author of the poetry anthologies I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, Tyger Tyger Burning Bright, Poems to Learn by Heart and Green and Pleasant Land.

 

1. Which much-loved poem was inspired by the disastrous ‘Jameson Raid’ that contributed to the outbreak of the Boer War in 1899?

 

A:...

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It's National Poetry Day!

Date Posted: 02-10-2014 09:32:20


National Poetry Day is on the 2nd October and the theme this year is Remember. Nostalgia does seem to inspire a thirst for verse, with the written word being a much loved...

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Mixy's Top Performance Tips

Date Posted: 30-09-2014 09:30:39


Mixy has joined the 2014 judging panel alongside Mark Grist, Fay Roberts and Vanessa Kisuule. Mixy has given us his top performance tips to pass on to you...

 

It's always great to see an original piece of work. An audience...

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Deadline Extended!

Date Posted: 22-09-2014 09:50:20


So we can celebrate National Poetry Day on the 2nd October, we've extended the deadline to Poetry Rivals 2014 to the 31st October 2014. The finalists will be notified in writing by the end of November as per our original terms and conditions.

 

Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news...

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Our Favourite Poems

Date Posted: 22-09-2014 09:43:32


One of the job requirements for working here is a love of poetry – so we asked our editors which poem is their favourite, and why.

 

Jenni Bannister:

 

My...

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Guest Blog from Andrew Barber, 2009 Winner

Date Posted: 17-09-2014 14:26:27


Poetry Rivals & Beyond


Everything changed when I won the Poetry Rivals competition.

 

I had been writing for about 20 years by that point, but had done...

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Deadline Approaching ...

Date Posted: 15-09-2014 11:26:13


The closing date for Poetry Rivals 2014 is only a couple of days away, but there is still time to get your work to us - simply upload your work here, or post it to us and remember to include the postal entry form!

 

If...

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Guest Blog from John Belcher, 2013 Winner

Date Posted: 11-09-2014 13:35:27


Last year's winner, John Belcher, won a self-publishing package. Here is his guest blog about his book publishing journey so far...

 

The Prize

 

Doors close! Sometimes they slam in your face....

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A F Harrold's Top Tips

Date Posted: 09-09-2014 11:52:32


A.F. Harrold is an English poet (1975 - present). He writes and performs for adults and children, in cabaret and in schools, in bars and in basements, in fields and indoors. He was Glastonbury Festival Website's Poet-In-Residence in 2008, and Poet-In-Residence at...

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Constrained Writing Workshop

Date Posted: 08-09-2014 10:33:09


Constrained writing is a technique where a set condition is adhered to, whether something is forbidden or a certain pattern is used.

 

Oulipo is a group of writers whose aim was to create works using constrained writing techniques.

 

Constraints are very common in poetry. Here are a few examples:

 

Lipogram:...

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Guest Blog from Stephen Watt, 2010 Winner

Date Posted: 02-09-2014 09:34:53


Since winning the Poetry Rivals Slam in April 2011, Stephen Watt has become a mainstay in the Glasgow poetry and spoken word scene. His debut collection ‘Spit’ was released in 2012 by Bonacia Ltd, preceding first prize awards hosted by Federation of Writers (Scotland), Dagda Publishing, and Tartan Treasures. Stephen was also the winner of the Hughie Healy Memorial Trophy, and earlier...

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Guest Blog from Vanessa Kisuule, 2011 Winner

Date Posted: 27-08-2014 10:44:12


Vanessa Kisuule is our 2011 Poetry Rivals Slam Champion, winning £1,000 for her fantastic poem, and performance of 'Jjajja'....

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How to Write Metaphysical Poetry

Date Posted: 26-08-2014 11:27:49


A group of poets in the 17th century were described by Samuel Johnson as ‘metaphysical poets’ in his book: Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets (1179-1781). Their poetry was unlike that of their contemporaries and Johnson was in fact criticising them, saying that whilst their wit and intellect was not in question, their proficiency in poetry was, that ‘they were not successful...

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Free Entry Into Poetry Rivals When You Refer a Friend

Date Posted: 26-08-2014 11:32:35


A big thank you to all the poets who have entered Poetry Rivals 2014 so far!

 

We thought you might like to know about our referral offer which can more than double your chance of winning …

 

Once you have entered, if you refer us to a friend who then enters Poetry...

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How to Write a Shakespearean Sonnet

Date Posted: 18-08-2014 11:32:13


We’re going to be looking at different poetry techniques and how to adopt them over the next few weeks and where better to start than with arguably the greatest writer of all time – William Shakespeare.

 

Between 1589 and 1613 Shakespeare wrote 38 plays consisting of tragedies, comedies and romances (sometimes referred to as tragicomedies). During this time he...

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What We Look For In A Poem

Date Posted: 13-08-2014 11:20:59


We asked our editors: What do you look for in a poem when you’re selecting them for publication?

 

Cheryl Whitfield

 

Distinct, cutting imagery that prompts...

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We've Got a Blog!

Date Posted: 29-07-2014 09:16:24


Also new for 2014 is our Poetry Rivals blog!

 

Here we'll share news and updates with you every week, including workshops, editors' tips and updates from Poetry Rivals' previous...

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