This slim adorably-produced poetry journal is a treat to read and hold (my favourite looking NZ volume – who wouldn’t want a poem in here!). It is rich in voice and edges.
Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle has brought min-a-rets to life after a three-year hiatus. She states the original aim was to champion ‘openness & intensity in poetry, with a focus on NZ, but also including a few international writers each time’. She has stuck to the same poetic impulse and she has included some Melbourne poets – she is currently based there.
Hana Pera Aoake, Eden Bradfield, Owen Connors, Anna Crews, Craig Foltz, Rebecca Nash, Rachel O’Neill, Ursula Robinson Shaw
I open upon Rachel’s title, ‘The sky is a wide, unmoving chest’, and then fall into a poem that is wide but full of movement, strange and supple. Three poems from Eden catch air in their double spacing, floating talk, the everyday adrift. Ursula’s ‘2 Poems’ also float on the page, but here the talk static intensifies. The fragments startle first as little pieces, and then achieve a stuttering breathfilled momentum.
Voice – the speaking surge and spurt – marks Owen’s ‘4 untitled fragments’. This is not disembodied writing but is flush with sex and disenchantment and living.
Exciting news! Will be in the queue for this festival session that’s for sure.
SARAH BROOM POETRY PRIZE
The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize is one of New Zealand’s most valuable poetry prizes and aims to recognise and financially support new work from an emerging or established New Zealand poet. In 2018, the prize is an award of $5,000.
The prize was established in 2013 in honour of the New Zealand poet Sarah Broom (1972-2013), the author of Tigers at Awhitu (2010) and Gleam (2013).
Entries open on 19 February and close on 11 March 2018
Now in its fifth year, we are pleased to again showcase and celebrate New Zealand poetry during Auckland Writers Festival week in May 2018. Shortlisted poets will read from their work at a dedicated poetry event hosted by the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust where the winner will be announced.
For more information about the Auckland Writers Festival, which will be held from 15 – 20 May 2018, visit here
HOW TO ENTER
The prize is awarded on the basis of an original collection of poems by a New Zealand resident or citizen. Entries will be accepted from from 19 February 2018 until 11 March 2018.
Poets are required to submit six to eight poems, of which at least five must be unpublished. The recipient of the prize will be announced in May 2018 during Auckland Writers Festival week. Shortlisted poets will be invited to attend a dedicated event and read from their work.
Entries should be emailed to email@example.com
Any queries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
CONDITIONS OF ENTRY
Poets are required to submit six to eight poems of which at least five must be unpublished.
There is no maximum or minimum length – formatting and font size is your choice.
Entrants must be New Zealand permanent residents or citizens.
Only one entry per person will be accepted.
Entries must be the author’s original work. Any use of quotation must be acknowledged by attribution to its source.
Entries must be submitted as one electronic file per entrant, as an email attachment in Word or PDF format.No identifying details should be present in this poetry portfolio.
Your entry should also include a covering email with a brief personal statement, an indication of how you would use the award money, and contact details. These covering details are not provided to the judge.
The judge will assess the merits of submissions, and the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust reserves the right not to award a prize.
The prize recipient will be announced during Auckland Writers Festival week in May 2018 and in other appropriate publications.
It is expected that entrants would be able to travel to Auckland, if shortlisted, for the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize event which will likely be on either Saturday 19 May or Sunday 20 May 2018. Times and details will be announced on the website http://www.sarahbroom.co.nz
No correspondence with the judge will be entered into.
The name and photograph of the prize recipient may be used by the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust for publicity purposes.
Don’t miss your opportunity to nominate your pick of our finest writers for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Awards for Literary Achievement.
Every year New Zealanders are invited to nominate writers who have made a notable contribution to New Zealand literature in the categories of non-fiction, poetry or fiction. $60,000 is awarded in each genre.
New Zealand writers are also able to nominate themselves for the awards.
The nominations (submitted by email to email@example.com ) are assessed by an expert literary panel and recommendations forwarded to the Arts Council of Creative New Zealand for approval, with the awards presented in a formal ceremony.
In 2017, Witi Ihimaera received the award for Fiction, Paula Green for Poetry and Peter Simpson for Non-Fiction.