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Poetry Competition 2021 – Rules

July 16, 2021

From 26 July to 20 August 2021, Tararua District Library is celebrating National Poetry Day with our annual Poetry Competition.

Win the prize!  Get the glory! 

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.

Entry rules:

  1. Open to all New Zealand residents aged 16 plus (Tararua District Library employees are not eligible to enter)
  2. Entries to be accompanied by the name, age, address and phone/email of the submitter.
  3. All entries must be in English. Email to or hand in at any branch of Tararua District Library.  If emailed, poem/s can be in the body of the email or attached as a Microsoft Word or Publisher document. Handwritten entries will be accepted, however, they must be legibly printed.
  4. Maximum of two entries per person ; at least one poem will be published online, selected by us.
  5. All poems are to be an original creation of the person submitting it, and previously unpublished
  6. To keep poems relatively anonymous for judging purposes, authors will be identified as [your first name] & [first initial of your last name]..
  7. By entering, you grant Tararua District Library exclusive royalty-free and irrevocable license to copy, store, distribute and publish your submitted poem/s.
  8. No late entries will be accepted. Entries close 4pm on Friday 20 August 2021.
  9. The winner will be announced on 27 August 2021, on this blog and our Facebook page. The winner will be contacted by phone or email.
  10. There will be one prize, for the best poem, as selected by the judge. The judges decision is final. 

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. 

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  1. Rebecca permalink

    Please tell me what exactly is the prize?


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