The New Zealand Poetry Society’s annual International Poetry Competition, Verse and Haiku, is under way, with Open and Junior Sections. The Junior Open and Junior Haiku sections are open to students who are 17 years of age or younger on 31st May 2012.
Please visit our website at www.poetrysociety.org.nz for full competition details and to download the entry forms. Last year’s results, including winning poems and judges’ reports, are also on the website.
Open: 1st – $500; 2nd – $250; 3rd – $100
Open Junior: 1st – $200
Primary/Intermediate: 1st runner-up – $100; 2nd runner-up – $50
Secondary: 1st runner-up – $100; 2nd runner-up – $50
Haiku: Top five haiku – $100 each, plus First Prize Winner receives the Jeanette Stace Memorial Prize of $150.
Haiku Junior: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Primary/Intermediate – $50 each
1st 2nd, 3rd, Secondary – $50 each
In addition, the writer of the haiku considered the best of the two sections receives the Jeanette Stace Memorial Prize of $100.
All prizes are in New Zealand Dollars. No entrant will win more than one cash prize, though winners may also be included in a commended list.
All winning and commended poems, along with other selected entries, will appear in the New Zealand Poetry Society’s annual anthology in November 2012, to be edited by Owen Bullock (Katikati). It is not necessary to buy a copy of the anthology in order to have a poem included. All selections are made blind (i.e. without identifying information).
This year’s judges are:
Harry Ricketts (Wellington) – Open Verse
Barbara Strang (Christchurch)– Open Haiku
Bernadette Hall (Canterbury) – Junior Verse
Vanessa Proctor (Sydney, Australia) – Junior Haiku