Thank you to all those who entered the NZPS International Poetry Competition. We received hundreds of emails in the last few days of the competition! So please be patient as we process your poems, and as we wait for bank deposits from the long weekend to come through. Best of luck to all entrants, and […]

The Poetry Kit is seeking international poetry submissions for an online anthology. Poems must have been written during lockdown, but do not need to be about COVID-19 or its impact. Only one poem per submission. Please include a short literary biography in the third person, your location, and the date the poem was finished. Email […]

May 30th and 31st are big days for competitions and submissions closing, some of which we’ve collected below… The submission guidelines for the following competitions can be accessed via England’s National Poetry Library website. Lucent Dreaming 2020 Poetry Contest (May 30) The Frogmore Poetry Prize 2020 Lord Whisky Animal Sanctuary Poetry Competition 2020 Indigo First […]

Calling all Literary Innovators! 🤓☺️ The Matatuhi Foundation is on the hunt for innovative projects that will help #NZreaders and #NZwriters get better acquainted. Their next funding round closes on 31 May. Apply online at #NZgrants Watch an explanatory video of this initiative here:

The Montreal International Poetry Prize offers a top prize of $20,000 CAD for a single poem, and is encouraging New Zealand poets to enter. The competition is judged this year by American poet Yusef Komunyakaa, whose collection ‘Neon Vernacular: New & Selected Poems 1977-1989‘ won the Pulitzer Prize. The deadline is fast approaching, with the […]

New Zealand poets, polish up your gems and send them – Ireland-based The Blue Nib is considering work for print or on the digital platform. They read each entry and respond promptly. All details can be found here.

To get you inspired for for our annual poetry competition, we are posting poems by our excellent judges. Here is a selection of haiku by our Open Junior judge, Barbara Strang. For more information on the NZPS’ poetry competition, see here.