The New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition is now open! Our competition has been running since 1987 and is open to members and non-members worldwide, with members receiving an entry fee discount.  For each of the four categories listed below, there are cash prizes and all entries are eligible to be published in our […]

a fine line’s theme for its Autumn 2022 edition is “EYE” Aye aye, it’s an EYE for an I. What do you spy through your little eye? in the blink of an eye? in the eye of the storm, or a needle? NZ Poetry Society Members, send us up to four of your best poems and […]

a fine line is looking for digital art to feature throughout the pages of our next Summer edition. Please submit on the theme of BARREN for this edition, for the opportunity to feature alongside poetry from all over New Zealand. Our journal is produced for both digital and print subscribers, so your colour images should […]

A big-hearted donation from the Windrift Haiku group means that we can publish a small selection of haiku from our members. Haiku can be on any theme and will be published in a fine line magazine. Send up to four haiku by 10 December 2021. See submission guidelines at https://poetrysociety.org.nz/poems-reviews/a-fine-line-quarterly-magazine Submit haiku to Gail Ingram […]

a fine line’s theme for its Summer 2021 edition is BARREN What happens in spaces where nothing grows? What thrives in empty or lifeless lands? What ideas does the word “barren” conjure up in relation to your life? In relation to the planet? How might poetry seek to traverse these spaces? Send us up to […]

a fine line is looking for digital art to feature throughout the pages of our next Spring edition. Please submit on the theme of FOREST for this edition, for the opportunity to feature alongside poetry from all over Aotearoa. Our journal is produced for both digital and print subscribers, so your colour images should also […]

A big-hearted donation from the Windrift Haiku group means that we can publish a small selection of haiku from our members. Haiku can be on any theme, and will be published in a fine line magazine. Send up to four haiku by 10 September 2021. See submission guidelines here. Submissions are open to NZPS Members […]

a fine line’s theme for its Spring 2021 edition is FOREST What does the Aotearoa bush mean to you, historically, culturally, psychologically, emotionally? What about a particular national park or a single tree? Does the word ‘forest’ conjure up ideas of eco-poetry and politics, sustainable farming and water degradation? We want poems that dare to […]

We are delighted to announce the results of our annual poetry competition. We had close to 2,000 entries across the categories. Our four judges – Lynley Edmeades (New Zealand), Marco Fraticelli (Canada), Simon Hanson (Australia) and Chris Tse (New Zealand) – had a tough job selecting winners and placegetters from an outstanding field. Thank you […]

Read our featured student poet and shortlisted poets now for the Winter issue of a fine line.

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May 2022: Just back from 2 weeks in the deep south of New Zealand – Otago Peninsula, the Catlins, Southland and Stewart Island / Rakiura, my first visit to the country’s third main island. The weather veered from warm sunshine to stinging, sideways rain, sometimes all in a matter of minutes, but mostly we were […]