The annual NZPS International Poetry Competition is now open!

Judges this year are:

Open – Cilla McQueen

Cilla McQueenM.A.Hons, Hon.Litt.D. (Otago).

Author of fifteen collections of poetry, three of which have won New Zealand Book Awards, Cilla was the New Zealand National Library Poet Laureate 2009-11. Among her many honours, fellowships and awards is the 2010 Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry. Her most recent work is In A Slant Light (Otago University Press 2016).

Junior Open

Joanna PrestonJoanna Preston is a Tasmanaut poet, editor and freelance creative writing tutor. She has edited a number of poetry anthologies, most recently Leaving the Red-Zone: poems from the Canterbury earthquakes (Clerestory Press, 2016) with James Norcliffe. A past poetry editor for takahē magazine, she is currently working on poet Helen Bascand’s posthumous fourth collection Time to Sing Before the Dark, and tending to her vastly overgrown garden and flock of very spoilt chooks.

Haiku – Sandra Simpson

Sandra SimpsonSandra Simpson, who lives in Tauranga, is editor of Haiku NewZ, secretary of the Katikati Haiku Pathway committee and South Pacific editor for the Red Moon anthologies (US). She is an award-winning haiku and renku poet who blogs about haiku at Her work appears regularly in journals and anthologies around the world.

Junior Haiku – Nola Borrell

Open reading 23 Mar., 2014: The Clockmaker's Loft, NZ New Pacific Studio.Nola has had  haiku published in New Zealand and overseas since the mid 1990s, and has won various awards. Her  publications include waking echoes (Korimako Press, 2013), a collection of haiku and haibun;  the taste of nashi – New Zealand Haiku  co-edited (with Karen P Butterfield(Windrift, 2008); and this wide sky, a chapbook  (Puriri Press, 2012).  She edited the NZPS Take Back Our Sky  NZPS Anthology, 2014 and judged the NZPS International Open Haiku Section of the 2013 competition. Her haiku was included in dust devils the Red Moon Anthology  of English Language Haiku 2016 ed Jim Kacian. Nola is Convenor of Windrift Haiku Group of Wellington, and a member of Zazen, an international email workshop of leading haiku writers.

Click here to find out how to enter.


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