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 […]

Ōtepoti Writers Lab is hosting an online poetry masterclass on May 30th for Ōtepoti-based writers. Spaces are limited – register your interest via DM or their event page on Facebook, or by emailing

The NZPS Poetry Competition is in full swing, and we’d love to see more Haiku Junior entries from those 17 years and younger. So here’s some key facts about haiku, as well as a haiku writing exercise. Whether you’re in Primary, Intermediate, or Secondary school, it’s easy to get started!You can enter your haiku in our […]

Another poetry event on Sunday 17th May, this time at 7.30pm NZT! Poetry at Your Place is hosting an open mic session that will feature UK Poet Anna Kahn, who is a Barbican Young Poet and a London Library Emerging Writer. This is a great opportunity to hear a poet you may not have come […]

Wairarapa Word is hosting another Zoom session this Sunday (17th May) at 3pm NZT. This is an opportunity to get together with other writers online and enjoy an open mic session. The Zoom link is (Meeting ID: 778 6652 1590) and the password is WaiWord.

Live Canon Poetry is currently accepting submissions for their 2020 Collections Competition. Judged by Glyn Maxwell (@glynofwelwyn), the competition is open to first, second, and subsequent collections. This competition closes on May 25th, so get entering! More details regarding submissions can be found here.

Two new literary journals have bloomed recently… 🌱 Milly Magazine is now accepting submissions (with an emphasis on personal essays) for Spring 2020. Submission details can be found here: Ia Literary Journal is open and accepting submissions without a deadline (submit to Ia is also hosting a remote writing workshop in June. Register your interest […]

The Ockham New Zealand Book Awards, including the Mary and Peter Biggs Award for Poetry, are streaming online at 6pm NZT tomorrow. 🎉🏆 Subscribe to their YouTube channel here.

Poetry at Your Place is hosting another live, online poetry slam tomorrow, May 10th, at 7.30pm NZT. Find details on how to attend here.

The second instalment of the Auckland Writers Festival Winter Series airs tomorrow, May 10th, at 9am. Featuring former NZ Poet Laureate Ian Wedde! Catch it on Facebook or YouTube.