Poetry Shelf noticeboard: The NZPS International Poetry Competition – 2020

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Full details plus judges here


The New Zealand Poetry Society International Poetry Competition is open once again for 2020! Our competition has been running since 1987 and is open to all members and non-members, worldwide, with members receiving an entry fee discount.

There are cash prizes to be won in each category, and all entries are eligible to be published in our anthology. Our annual anthology includes all placed and commended poems, as well as a selection of other favourite poems from the competition. 

Poets can enter one of these four sections:

  • Open verse for adults (18 years and over)
  • Open verse for juniors (17 years or younger)
  • Haiku for adults (18 years and over)
  • Haiku for juniors (17 years or younger)

Class teachers can enter multiple poems from their students, using the school group form. There is a discount for entering multiple entries as a school group. We also have a teacher’s guide for writing haiku.

Keen to enter? Please see our submission guidelines and entry forms for each category below. Entries must be received by 31 May 2020.

Due to COVID-19, our competition is running solely online this year. If you have previously entered by post and would like guidance in entering online, we are happy to help. For this and any other queries, please email the Competition Coordinator, Emma Shi, at competition@poetrysociety.org.nz

Submission guidelines

Entry forms

Our entry forms can be filled in digitally, so there is no need to print and scan. Simply download, type in your details, and save.


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