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An Ode to Librarians – poetry competition for kids!

July 31, 2015

The Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (LIANZA) and the School for Young Writers invites all young people to express your thoughts and feelings about the people who make reading, learning and entertainment possible: yes, LIBRARIANS!

To celebrate these unsung heroes of literacy, we invite you to write “An Ode to Librarians”.  What’s an ode? It’s a poetic form dating back to ancient Greece. Pindaric Odes (celebrating heroic individuals, nations or abstract ideas) and Homeric Odes (celebrating people, virtues, and aspects of society or nature) have all sorts of rules, so we’ll keep it simple! Nowadays odes are much less formal poems of moderate length, rhymed or unrhymed, and often humorous.

Any NZ citizen or permanent resident within school age groups Year 3 through Year 11, can enter. Prizes will be awarded in three categories:  Years 3–5 * Years 6–8 * Years 9–11

For more information, you can download the odeComp poster or visit the website here

To enter, follow these steps:

1. Download an entry form from:

2. Save entry form to your desktop.

3. Fill in the entry form (you will need a recent version of Adobe Reader in order to fill it in)

4. Save the completed form as a PDF using “Save As”. Key in your name alongside the existing title “Ode Entry Form”.

5. Email your story and the entry form to or you can post it to School for Young Writers, PO Box 21120, Christchurch 8143.  Entries close 11 September 2015.LIANZA logo best



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