Lest We Forget Poetry Competition

Lest We Forget Poetry Competition

Lydia Whyte, 2013 winner of the 12 - 17 years category, reads her poem.

As part of the lead up to the First World War Centenary commemorations, the Lest We Forget Poetry Competition provides an opportunity to articulate responses to war, in poetry or prose.

Using an historical or a contemporary lens, you choose the focus and content, around this year’s theme: Duty and Adventure. Whether focusing on those who went off to fight or those who were left behind, you can express thoughts and feelings, thus adding your voice in a very real way, to our Anzac Day commemorations.

The competition is open to families, adults and school students. There are three age categories: 11 years and under, 12 – 17 years, and 18 years and over.

Six finalists will be invited to read their poems in the Hall of Memories during the ANZAC Day Commemorations on Friday 25 April, 2014. If a finalist would rather not read out their poem, they may assign a substitute to read on their behalf or the poetry competition host can read for them.

How to enter

To enter, you can email your poem to competitions@aucklandmuseum.com including your name, address, age, telephone number and the title of the poem. You can also send your poem along with the submission form to:

Lest We Forget Poetry Competition
Auckland Museum,
Private Bag 92018,
Victoria Street West,
Auckland 1142

Please ensure that your poem arrives no later than Thursday 17 April. Submissions will be read by a museum panel of judges, and finalists informed by telephone on Friday 18 April.

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