The New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition is open for TWO categories – Open Verse Adults (18+ years) and Haiku Adults (18+ years). We are having a SEPARATE JUNIOR COMPETITION in 2023, which will open on April 20. There will be TWO categories for youth: Open Verse Junior (17 years or younger) and Haiku […]

You can now PRE-ORDER your copy of the NZPS 2022 Poetry Anthology, ‘alarm & longing’. Order a few copies for yourself and your family, wrap them up as holiday gifts, and savour the wonderful poetry inside the cover of our beautifully presented anthology. We thank you in advance for your order because you are supporting NZPS and the poetry […]

We’re thrilled to let you know that we’ll be launching this year’s anthology on Thursday, December 8, 6:00-7.30 p.m. Unlike in 2020 and 2021, when we had to launch via Zoom, we’re holding a physical launch in Wellington this year. The venue is: Good Books2/16 Jessie Street, Te Aro, Wellington We will have poetry readings and copies […]

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 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 […]

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March 2023: A year ago I was holidaying in Gisborne, staying at a great motel fronting Waikanae Beach. Images of the devastation wrought by Cyclone Gabrielle last month have been almost unbelievable. Instead of a sandy beach, there was a forest of logs and ‘slash’ deposited by floods which, the television reporter said was so […]

Carolyn Hall discovered haiku in 1999 and has been widely published in the United States and internationally. Robert Epstein, who is a psychotherapist living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area, and also a haiku anthologist and haiku poet, interviews Carolyn about her experience editing two Haiku journals: Mariposa (the Journal of the Haiku Poets of […]

We are delighted to announce the results of our annual poetry competition. We had close to 1700 entries across the categories. Our four judges – Nicola Easthope, Ken Arkind, an’ya and Sarah-Kate Simons – had a tough job selecting winners and placegetters from an outstanding field. Thank you to our judges for their efforts. To […]