Shane Holland was elected President of the New Zealand Poetry Society at the AGM on 9 September. Shane will be joined by a new Vice-President, Mike Subritzky. Shane Hollands is principally a performance poet. He is well-known for his innovative work with poet centric music of differing genres from jazz to electronica to metal. Shane […]

The New Zealand Poetry Society 2017 International Poetry Competition Results out now. See full judges comments. Open Section judged by Cilla McQueen First Place: ‘After the Cyclone’ Alexandra Fraser, Auckland Second Place: ‘Sea Glass’ Margaret Moores, Auckland Third Place: ‘Seeing Red’ Nicholas Williamson, Christchurch Open Junior Section judged by Joanna Preston First Equal: ‘hidden figures’ Joanna […]

The annual NZPS International Poetry Competition is now open! Judges this year are: Open – Cilla McQueen M.A.Hons, Hon.Litt.D. (Otago). Author of fifteen collections of poetry, three of which have won New Zealand Book Awards, Cilla was the New Zealand National Library Poet Laureate 2009-11. Among her many honours, fellowships and awards is the 2010 Prime […]

The New Zealand Poetry Society (NZPS) was established in 1973 with the goal of advancing education by promoting, developing and supporting poets and poetry in New Zealand. The Society has around 200 members, who pay a $30 per year annual subscription. It is run by a committee that is elected annually. Purpose of role The […]

First published in 2006 a fine line is the flagship poetry magazine of the New Zealand Poetry Society. It features poems by members and the broader poetry community as well as articles on the craft of poetry and news about poetry events and opportunities in New Zealand. We are looking for a student or recent […]

We have a bunch of new poetry books just waiting for reviewers… If you’re interested in writing a review and being published on our website or magazine, email editor@poetrysociety.org.nz. Simpson, Jane – A world without maps (Interactive Press, 2016) Pirie, Mark – Rock & Roll Selected Poems in Five Sets (Bareknuckle Books, 2016) Thomson, Mary Jane […]

Auckland poet Maris O’Rourke has been selected as one of just 60 finalists in the international Aesthetica Creative Writing Award that attracted thousands of entries from writers across the world. Now in its 10th year, the award is hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, a leading contemporary art and culture publication with a print and digital readership […]