The 2019 New Zealand Poetry Society Competition is now open.

Entries must be received by 31 May 2019.

Our competition has multiple options for entering, depending on your age and the poetry genre (verse or haiku). The links below take you to all the forms you need, as well as the instructions for entering each competition. School group rules are for multiple entries collated by class teachers – individual students should use the general entry forms.

Competition rules and entry forms:

School Group rules and entry forms:

Emailed entries are accepted only when payment is made through PayPal. Please go to: Paypal Entry

Please take care to choose the correct form. Individuals can choose the Open and Junior Open Section or the Haiku and Junior Haiku Section.

Teachers entering their students’ work should not use the individual forms, as there are different rules and entry forms for verse and haiku, plus discounts for multiple entries. Teachers are also welcome to enter their own work in the Open and/or Haiku Section.

The Junior prize winners are divided into two age divisions: primary/intermediate school, and secondary school. For those outside the New Zealand educational system, the cut-off age between the two is 13 years.

Open Section

Prizes: 1st prize NZ$600, 2nd prize NZ$300, 3rd prize NZ$200. No entrant will win more than 1 cash prize. Up to 20 Commendations.

Entry fee is NZ$8 per poem; NZPS members – NZ$7 per poem. 1 free with every 5 entries (ie pay for 5 get 6 entries, pay for 10 get 12 entries).

Open Junior Section

Prizes (Open only to entrants who are 17 years of age or younger on 31 May) First Prize: NZ$200. Secondary Runner-up NZ$100; Primary/Intermediate Runner-up: NZ$50. No entrant will win more than 1 cash prize. Up to 20 Commendations.

Entry fee is NZ$2.50 per poem. 1 free with every 5 entries (ie pay for 5 get 6 entries, pay for 10 get 12 entries).

Haiku Section

Prizes: The top five haiku/senryu will be awarded NZ$100 each. Up to 20 commendations. No entrant will win more than 1 cash prize, except that the 1st prize winner will be awarded the additional Jeanette Stace Memorial Prize of $150.

Entry fee: NZ$3 per haiku; NZ$2 for NZPS members. Multiple entry discounts: 1 free with every 5 entries (ie pay for 5 get 6 entries, pay for 10 get 12 entries).

Junior Haiku Section

Open to entrants who are 17 years of age or younger on 31 May.

Prizes: Primary/Intermediate: three prizes of NZ$50; Secondary: three prizes of NZ$50. Up to 20 commendations. No entrant will win more than 1 cash prize, except that the best of the two 1st prize winners will be awarded the additional Jeanette Stace Memorial Prize of $100.

Entry fee: NZ$1 per haiku. 1 free with every 5 entries (ie pay for 5 get 6 entries, pay for 10 get 12 entries).

2019 Judges: To Be Announced

All entries are eligible to be published in our annual poetry anthology. Notification of acceptance for publication will be made by 31st August.

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