Looking for poetry action near you? Here’s our list of poetry events, workshops, groups, and readings that happen regularly in venues throughout New Zealand.


COMPETITION OPENS: 1 March ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY: 31 May The New Zealand Poetry Society regrets that our webmaster has resigned and all attempts by the Competition Secretary to upload the relevant documents (and an updated poster at the top of the page) have failed. We hope to find a volunteer to do this […]

CALL FOR POETRY The theme for the May 2018 edition of a fine line is FAMILY. What does that word mean to you? Does this image inspire a poem? The deadline for this issue is 10 April 2018 https://poetrysociety.org.nz/…/a-fine-line-quarterly-magaz…/ Financial members receive advance notice of themes in our quarterly magazine. Please note that the latest […]

We are independent filmmakers looking to talk to collaborators for a short film. The right collaborator will create a spoken word poem that will become part of a 2-3 minute film that employs symbolism and cinematic metaphor, filmed within a building(s) that has a history of incarceration and trauma.   We’re looking at locations such as […]

 I’m delighted to announce the Call for Entries are open for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award 2018, presenting an exciting opportunity for NZ Poetry Society. Celebrating excellence in contemporary writing and new work, the Creative Writing Award is a platform for emerging or established poets and writers to showcase their work to an international audience. The award has two […]

   Applications open today for 2018 Shanghai International Writers’ programme New Zealand’s literary exchange with China continues with the call for applications from New Zealand writers to attend the international writers programme run by the Shanghai Writers’ Association for eight weeks in September and October 2018. The successful writer will receive free accommodation in an […]

Latest Competitions: Poets Meet Politics International Open Poetry Competition 2018 | Closing Date: 28-Apr-18 For poems on any theme related to politics. First prize of ?500 for each competition, with a second prize of One week?s… Erbacce-prize for poetry 2018 | Closing Date: 01-May-18 The outright winner will be given a publishing contract with erbacce press who will publish […]

Battery Pack Volume Three is now open for submissions. If you have a tiny but brilliant story, send it in! Submissions Now Open Battery Pack is our palm-sized anthology of microfiction, with each tiny story weighing in at less than seventy words. Previous editions featured sentient teabags, school bullies, ghosts, cannibals and unexpected birthday presents. Right now, […]