About Us

The New Zealand Poetry Society supports and promotes poets and poetry in New Zealand. Established in 1973, we engage with individuals and communities across New Zealand who share a sense of curiosity and excitement about poetry. In particular, we:

  • run the prestigious annual NZPS International Poetry Competition
  • publish an annual anthology showcasing the best competition entries
  • publish a high-quality quarterly magazine called a fine line
  • organize and run events for poets and poetry lovers across New Zealand
  • partner up with like-minded organizations like Haiku NZ
  • promote and publish the work of our members.


NZPS Poetry Services

The New Zealand Poetry Society offers services to members and the public in the following areas.

Poetry Advisory Service

We offer a Poetry Advisory Service to provide writers of poetry with a written critique from an experienced poet on a sample of their work. This is a support service for any poets who wish to develop their work, including non-members. The service provides focused and constructive feedback from an individual member of a panel of experienced and published New Zealand poets selected for their proven teaching skills.

We’re always on the lookout for suitably qualified members who would be available to provide this service. You can register your interest by emailing info@poetrysociety.org.nz.

Rent a Poet

Our members are periodically available for readings, workshops, visits to schools, or other public appearances, and we add their names here. If you’re interested in being available for this very thing, send us an email at info@poetrysociety.org.nz.

Poetry advice

We offer advice on getting published, along with a list of publishers in New Zealand that are open to receiving submissions. We also offer advice on avoiding scam poetry competitions and publishing opportunities.

Donations & fundraising: How to support the NZ Poetry Society

We greatly appreciate any contribution to our work supporting poets and promoting poetry in New Zealand. Donations over $5 are tax-deductible in New Zealand as we are a registered charitable entity under the Charities Act 2005.

View our registration details on the New Zealand Charities register (CC20250).