Simon Hanson is our judge for the Haiku open section of our international competition. Have you entered yet? If not, see our announcement page and starting writing some poems! Simon shares his thoughts on haiku poetry *** There are a few things here that seem to me worth considering in practising haiku—and likewise you may […]

This week, we hear from Lynley Edmeades, who is our judge for the Open Verse category. Thinking of entering the New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition 2021? If so, head over to our announcement page. Meanwhile, let’s find out from Lynley her tips for writing a poem. “I like to read something that somehow […]

What makes a good haiku? Marco Fraticelli, our 2021 judge for the Haiku Junior category of our international competition, has some good advice. Read on, especially if you are entering this year’s competition.                                    So You Want to Write a Haiku 1. A haiku is not a sentence. It doesn’t need to begin with a […]

A huge congratulations to the winner and runners up of our Summer Instagram Poetry Competition! 1st Place: themoonpoetry 2nd Place: wordsbyharriet 3rd Place: _heyitsnae_ We really enjoyed reading the entries and hope that some of our Insta-poets will also try their hand at our International Poetry Competition!

Several New Zealand poets (and one Australian) have been involved with the PoARTry Exhibition Tools of the Trade, which is running at Mercy Hospital in Dunedin for the month of March 2021. Hospital staff – at all levels – provided words around their work that had meaning for them, poets created works inspired by these […]

The New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition is now open!! Our competition has been running since 1987 and is open to members and non-members worldwide, with members receiving an entry fee discount. For each of the four categories listed below there are cash prizes, and all entries are eligible to be published in our […]

Meri Kirihimete from all of us at the New Zealand Poetry Society. We wish you all a safe and happy holiday season!

If you are searching for poetry competitions, Winning Writers maintains a contest database that may be of interest!

Check out the final 2020 event of Poetry at the Fringe in Wellington on Sunday, December 20! 4-6pm The Fringe, 26-32 Allen St Find more details on their Facebook page.

The 2021 Griffin Poetry Prize deadline draws closer! Entries due by December 31, 2020. Find out how to enter on The Griffin Trust website.