The Divine Muses invites entries for 2018 

Closing Date: 1st August 2018

 Results announced at Divine Muses Poetry Reading on National Poetry Day, 24th August 2018.


Judged by poet and short story writer ELIZABETH MORTON

Proudly sponsored by The Divine Muses and Unity Bookshop

First Prize: $200 in Unity Book’s book tokens 

Second Prize: $100 in Unity Book’s book tokens


Conditions of entry

1.       The competition is open only to writers considered ‘emerging’ – i.e. have not published one or more books (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) with a New Zealand or overseas publisher, 


is a current or former undergraduate (BA, Hons, BSc, BComm etc) or Masters student attending The University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology and Massey University (Albany Campus, Auckland only) or student or graduate of Blue Haven Writers Workshops; 

2.      Each entry must be the original work of the person submitting it; entries must not have been previously published (including on the internet), or broadcast, and must not be submitted elsewhere for any competition, or for publication in any form, until after the announcement of the results of this competition. 

3.      Maximum length for each poem submitted is 50 lines. Entrants may submit a maximum of 2 unpublished poems. Each poem must be named separately on the entry form below.


More information and entry form here

2018 Judge –  Elizabeth Morton is an Auckland poet and short story writer. She is published in the USA, UK, Ireland, Canada and Australia, as well as online. She was feature poet in the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2017. She is included in Best Small Fictions 2016, and has placed second, twice, in the Sunday Star-Times Short Story Competition. Her first poetry collection, Wolf, was published with Mākaro Press in 2017. In 2013, where it all began, she was placed first in the New Voices – Emerging Poets competition. 

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