The New Zealand Poetry Society has been running an annual poetry competition since 1987.

The competition is open to members and non-members, worldwide, with members receiving an entry fee discount. All entries are eligible to be published in our annual poetry anthology.

Poets can enter four separate entry categories.

  • Open verse for adults (18 years and over)
  • Open verse for juniors (17 years or younger)
  • Haiku for adults (18 years and over)
  • Haiku for juniors (17 years or younger)

2020 Competition

Our 2020 competition is now open for entries! Entries must be received by 31 May 2020. For more information, including submission guidelines and entry forms, click here.

Previous winners and judges’ comments

2019 Competition Results

2018 Competition Results

2017 Competition Results

2015 Competition Results

2014 Competition Results

2013 Competition Results

2012 Competition Results

2011 Competition Results

2010 Competition Results

2009 Competition Results

2008 Competition Results

2007 Competition Results

2006 Competition Results

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