Thank you to all those who entered the NZPS International Poetry Competition. We received hundreds of emails in the last few days of the competition! So please be patient as we process your poems, and as we wait for bank deposits from the long weekend to come through. Best of luck to all entrants, and […]

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Last updated 27 June Here we aim to collate digital poetry events happening in Aotearoa and around the world. Many digital events use Zoom. Aotearoa/New Zealand Poetry at Your Place – updated with online poetry slams as they arise The House is Open: Live from Wellington – every Friday at 8pm (NZT) #postitpoems by philandhiscapsicum […]

As the nation acclimatises to a lockdown in the fight against coronavirus, the New Zealand Poetry Society would like to reach out to its community and assure you all that we remain strongly committed to the promotion of poets and poetry in Aotearoa. Initiatives for you to look forward to include our International Competition, which […]

You are invited to the launch of Wanting to tell you everything by the late poet Elizabeth Brooke-Carr. The book will be launched at 6pm, Friday 10 July, by Carolyn McCurdie at Dunedin Public Libraries’ Dunningham Suite. Find more details about the event on the Facebook event page. The Caselberg Trust Elizabeth Brooke-Carr Emerging Writers […]

For those in Ōtautahi Christchurch, COLD HUB PRESS & SCORPIO BOOKS invite you to the launch of NO TRAVELLER RETURNS, the selected poems of RUTH FRANCE, & ENDURING LOVE, the collected poems of ROBERT McLEAN. Wednesday 8 July 2020 at Scorpio Books, BNZ Centre, 120 Hereford Street, Christchurch. Refreshments at 5.30pm for 6.00pm start. RSVP to […]

July 2020: Clearly not much going on in the world of haiku, hence a short Happenings section this month. I’ve just been away for a week, traversing roads I haven’t been over for years or, in the case of the Forgotten World Highway, never been over, and making a point of stopping in small towns […]

Don Farr will read tomorrow (Sunday 5 July) at 3pm, at Club Carterton (RSA; 35 Broadway St., Carterton). All welcome. Actor, producer and poet Don Farr of Carterton will read a selection of his poems from the WWII front and closer to home. He welcomes audience stories and memories about life in New Zealand during […]

Your Place Events is hosting a live, online poetry slam tomorrow night (July 5)! Tune in at 7.30pm NZT. 🎤 Check out their Facebook event for more details. Join the mailing list to hear about future events. 📨

Auckland Writers Festival is holding Episode 10 of their #awfwinterseries tomorrow (Sunday July 5) at 9am. Hosted by Tina Makereti, this session features playwright, novelist, poet, and memoirist, Renée; Canadian First Nations poet and novelist, Joshua Whitehead; and writer and musician Ruby Mae Hinepunui Solly. The episode can be viewed live on their Facebook or YouTube channels, […]

Writer and poet Stephanie Cupido is working to create an illustrated haiku collage about social distancing and the coronavirus, which will be launched online. Submissions close on July 7 2020.

Submissions for Toitoi close tomorrow, July 3! Do you know a young (aged 5-13) writer or artist in your life? Encourage them to share their work!

ATTENTION ALL!  The Poetry Live Anthology is extending out a whole other month, so you all can have time to submit your poetry for this 40th Year celebration! If you haven’t already, send your best three poems of any length to In the subject line, please put “Poetry Live 40th Anniversary” with your name. Must […]

The Proverse Poetry Prizes close June 30 2020! New Zealand poets have been successful in each of these competitions in the past. The Proverse Prize for single-author book-length fiction, non-fiction, or poetry (founded 2008) offers a cash prize and publication. The Proverse Poetry Prize for single poems (founded 2016) offers cash prizes and anthology publication. […]