The New Zealand Poetry Society 2017 International Poetry Competition Results out now. See full judges comments. Open Section judged by Cilla McQueen First Place: ‘After the Cyclone’ Alexandra Fraser, Auckland Second Place: ‘Sea Glass’ Margaret Moores, Auckland Third Place: ‘Seeing Red’ Nicholas Williamson, Christchurch Open Junior Section judged by Joanna Preston First Equal: ‘hidden figures’ Joanna […]

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.

Best New Zealand Poems 2016 Best New Zealand Poems is published annually by Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters. Get ready for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day (on 25 August) by coming along to hear thirteen of the best read work chosen by Best New Zealand Poems 2016 editor Jenny Bornholdt – and be sure to to view the […]

Prize Winner: £200, Publication in Prole 25 in April 2018. Publication on the Prole website 2 x runner up prizes of £50, publication in Prole 25. Publication on the Prole website Judge All emtries will be read by our judge, Kate Garrett – details below. Time scale We will receive entries from August 1st 2017 […]

Please submit during April 15-September 30, 2017. We will award the Tom Howard Prize of $1,500 for a poem in any style or genre, and the Margaret Reid Prize of $1,500 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. Ten Honorable Mentions will receive $100 each (any style). The top 12 entries will […]

Australian Book Review welcomes entries in the fourteenth Peter Porter Poetry Prize, which is now worth a total of AU$8,500. All poets writing in English are eligible, regardless of where they live. The Porter Prize is one of Australia’s most lucrative and respected awards for poetry. It honours the life and work of the great […]

I   A deafening crash and the twisting of metal indelibly pressed in her mind Nothing, just darkness, she then comes ‘round, sees a face, gentle and kind It’s the face of a fireman, she knows that he cares, but she drifts into darkness again As she dreams of his face, and she knows that […]

As I write the sun is shining, the sky is brilliantly blue and the air is crisp, to say the least. A Kiwi visiting Sydney this past week was startled (and delighted) to find the temperature was a balmy (barmy?) 26 degrees Celsius. The television weather maps for the week ahead show more rain on […]