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Poetry Competition 2018 … on your marks, get set, GO!

June 26, 2018

From 9 July to 17 August 2018, Tararua District Library is celebrating National Poetry Day with our annual Poetry Competition, for New Zealand.

Win the prize!  Get the glory!  Winners announced on National Poetry Day,  24 August 2018.

Need some tips?  Learn about writing poetry here or you can be a manly poet or a slam poet, or check out one of our many poetry books.


Submit up to two of your own poems – please  read the rules:

  1. Open to all New Zealand residents aged 18 and over (employees of Tararua District Council are not eligible to enter)
  2. The winner will be announced on ‘Phantom Billstickers’ National Poetry Day Friday 24th August 2018, on this blog and our Facebook page.
  3. All entries must be in English, and can be emailed to or handed in at any branch of Tararua District Library.  If emailed, they can be in the body of the email or via Microsoft Word or Publisher attachment. Hand written entries will be accepted, however, they must be printed and legible.
  4. A maximum of two entries per person will be accepted; at least one poem per person will be published online, as chosen by us.
  5. All poems to be an original creation of the person submitting it, and previously unpublished.
  6. Entries to be accompanied by the name, address and contact details of the submitter.
  7. No late entries will be accepted. Entries close 5pm 17 August 2018.
  8. Judges decision is final.  Prizes will be awarded as follows:
    a)  Best poem as judged by Lyn McConchie, local author.
    b)  People’s choice


PS, if you search poems or poetry in the blog search bar, you’ll find the wonderful entries from previous years to get your creative juices flowing. 

New Zealand Poetry Society


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