Entries are now open for the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook student poetry competition. Send us your previously unpublished original poem and be in to win a copy of Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2021. Winning poems will be published in the 2022 edition of the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook, and each poet and their school will also receive a copy of the book. Entries will be judged by Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2021 editor
Tracey Slaughter. Entries close 16 July 2021. The 12 winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, 27 August 2021.
Entries are now open for New Zealand’s richest short story competition: the Sargeson Prize, sponsored by the University of Waikato. This is a prestigious, high-profile competition, conceived by award-winning writer Catherine Chidgey. This year it is judged by the legendary Patricia Grace.
In the Secondary Schools Division, writers must be aged between 16 and 18. Stories must be original and unpublished, and total 3000 words or less.
First place wins $500 and publication by Newsroom. The winner will also be offered a one-week summer writing residency at the University of Waikato. This wonderful opportunity includes accommodation and meals at the Halls of Residence, a writing space in the School of Arts, and a writing mentor who will offer valuable one-on-one feedback on the winner’s work. (Parental consent is required if the winner is younger than 18.)
For more information, head to the webpage: https://www.waikato.ac.nz/fass/about/school-of-arts/english/sargeson-prize
Throughout the year we will be sharing entry details for students wishing to take part in New Zealand-wide writing competitions. It’s a great way to improve your skills and having a lot of creative fun and even win prizes. Always remember to read the rules before putting pen to paper!Watch this space for an online platform we will be developing especially for you to access writing, speech and poetry competitions:
Click the link for the first of many competitions. Not_There_But_Somewhere_submission_guidelines