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Poets v Writers: The Out-Takes!

The Great British Write Off released today their final Poets v Writers video - which is packed full of behind the scenes, hilarious out-takes! By demand the deadline for the competition has been extended to 25th July 2014.


Poets v Writers: Innuendo Bingo Rhyming Edition!

The Great British Write Off released today their fifth Poets v Writers head-to-head challenge, Innuendo Bingo Rhyming Edition! A twist on Scott Mills' radio show game, Great British Write Off style, we used rude limericks... find out who won this hilarious challenge!


Poets v Writers: The Pugil Stick Battle!

The Great British Write Off released today their fourth Poets v Writers head-to-head challenge, The Pugil Stick Challenge. With an added twist the poet and writer battle it out on a dinghy on the river, what could possibly go wrong ...! Find out who won this hilarious challenge!


Poets v Writers: The Sumo Wrestle!

The Great British Write Off has just launched their third Poets v Writers head-to-head challenge, The Sumo Wrestle. Find out who won in this fast and furious challenge!


Poets v Writers: The Foam Wrestle

The Great British Write Off has launched another poets v writers head-to-head challenge, so who wins the Foam Wrestle ...? Find out here!


Mark Grist at Edinburgh Fringe Festival!

Forward Poetry’s poet in residence, Mark Grist, is taking his poetry show Rogue Teacher to Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year. Mark Grist was a secondary school teacher who decided mid-recession to leave the 9-5 job behind and become a full time poet.


Edward Lear's Bicentury

Edward Lear, known for being a great English artist, illustrator, author and poet, is renowned today primarily for his nonsense poetry and especially his limericks. We celebrate his 200th Birthday on 12th May 2012.


Poetry Rival's Finalists Announced!

The time has finally come for Poetry Rivals to announce the finalists for this year's slam, which will be held on the 21st April 2012. All of the top 100 finalists have been informed and are all listed on the Poetry Rivals website. A big Congratulations to our finalists.


Victor Lown (22nd April 1920 - 12th January 2012)

Sadly on 12th January 2012 one of our regular and favourite poets Victor Lown from Leicestershire passed away. Victor wrote many poems and entered them into our competitions over the years


Young Writers Support Children In Need

Forward Poetry's sister company Young Writers are supporting Children In Need this year by donating 25p from every order placed. Money will be donated from all book orders from the 9th - 18th November. Young Writers hope to raise up to £1,000, check out the Young Writers' website to see how they are getting on.


Vote for Forward Poetry

Forward Poetry has been listed in this year's online ‘The Great Exhibition 2012’ and we would love for all our poets to vote for us!


The Great Exhibition 2012 Vote for Forward Poetry

Forward Poetry has been listed in this year's online ‘The Great Exhibition 2012’ and we would love for all our poets to vote for us! The Great Exhibition 2012 has a range of companies, people, objects and much more to vote for. The reason behind the voting is what you find ‘great’ about Britain.


National Poetry Day 2011

National Poetry Day will taking place on 6th October 2011. In aid of this day we are inviting poets to send in poems with the theme Games in mind. Ten lucky poets will be selected by our editors and have the opportunity to be featured on our National Poetry Day dedication page and also win a Need 2 Know title.


International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day was first announced by UNESCO on November 17, 1965. Each year Literacy Day has a theme aiming to highlight the importance of literacy to communities, individuals and societies in third world countries. This year International Literacy Day will be held on the 8th September and the theme is based on literacy and peace.


Forward Poetry teams up with Channel 4

Recently we have been supporting and working with Channel 4 on a poetry competition called Random. Channel 4 launched this competition based on the Spoken Word poetry form to support the TV show 'Random' which is being aired on 23rd August 2011.


Poetry Rivals Deadline Extended!

We are pleased to announce that Poetry Rivals Competition has been extended until 31st August 2011. If you haven't sent your winning poem to us already, please check out the Poetry Rivals competition page or visit for further details.

Getting Your Poetry Published

You may have written one poem or a selection of many, but one of the hardest things about being a poet is getting your work out into the world - giving it the showcase it deserves?


Forward Poetry's 'Critic' service

Forward Poetry's 'Critic' service allows writers to receive vital feedback on their work. This service includes full proof reading and editing of your work along with constructive suggestions for improvement.


Need2Know Authors Needed

Independent publisher, Need2Know is actively seeking authors to write guides on a variety of subjects.


Poetry Rivals 2010 Slam Winners Announced!

After 8,000 entries to Poetry Rivals, the top 100 poets battled it out to win the prizes that were up for grabs!


Poetry Rivals Slam Tickets Now Available!

The Poetry Rivals Slam is fast approaching and the performers/judges line up has been confirmed!


Poetry Rivals 2010 Slam Final Announced!

I have great pleasure in announcing the 2010 Slam Final venue information and the Top 100 2010 Slam Finalists!


The chance to be our Featured Poet of the month!

Each month we bring you our top 5 poets. These poets are all ages and from all walks of life, but are all united in their love of poetry.


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