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.

At 6pm, Action Education Inc will hold the 3rd Annual Stand Up Poetry Slam, featuring poets from Aotearoa aged 13-18. More details: At 8pm, the Octagon Collective will host their May Poetry Night. More details:

Bitter Melon Press, devoted to the work of poets from Asian diaspora communities, is holding an Instagram Live event at 7am NZT time tomorrow. This celebrates the launch of a volume of poems called ‘Bulbul Calling’ by Pratyusha, who will give a reading and engage in discussion with Nina Mingya Powles, founding editor of Bitter […]

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 […]