2017 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2017 unleashed the power of New Zealand poetry on the 25 August with a twentieth anniversary celebration! This year’s packed programme featured more than 100 dynamic and accessible events, workshops and competitions, featuring acclaimed poets, new voices, young writers, and poetry enthusiasts. From slam poetry to sonnets, from stages to pavements, poetry was created and enjoyed in a myriad of venues around the country: cafes, bars, schools, university campuses, community centres, retirement villages, marae, libraries and theatres – as well as on buses, trains and ferries.

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2017 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Competitions

    Welcome to our 20th anniversary Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day competition calendar. With several regional and online, children and adult poetry competitions open nationwide, this gives everyone a chance to put pen to paper and release a poem out into the world!


    NATIONWIDE

    Red Room Poetry Object 2017
    With a $10,000 prize pool, including the opportunity to be published on trains and planes, Red Room Poetry Object is a free poetry competition that invites students (Years 3-10) and their teachers to write poems inspired by their special and curious objects. The competition is open to students in Years 3-10 across Australia and New Zealand. Unique learning resources and workshops are also available for teachers. Red Room Poetry Object 2017 welcomes poems in a variety of styles and languages from Australasia's budding poetic voices.
    Entry Details: Open to students Years 3-10. Register at http://redroomcompany.org/poetry-object/register/. Submit here http://redroomcompany.org/poetry-object/submit/
    Submission Dates: Deadline Friday 22 September 2017
    Contact: poetryobject@redroomcompany.org
    Further Info: redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object

    Given Words
    NZ poets are invited to participate in the Given Words poetry competition.
    Stage 1: Send us a video saying one word of your choice. Only one word per person. It can be a noun, verb or adjective, and any language spoken in New Zealand. Send the video by Sunday 23 July to nzgivenwords@gmail.com along with your name and town.
    Stage 2: Begins on 1 August when we will publish a video of our five favourite words from all those you have sent us. You then have until National Poetry Day 25 August to send us your poem, which must include the five words. The words can be in any order and verbs can change tense. The Best Poem and Best Poem by Under-16s (judged by NZ poet Charles Olsen) will receive prizes courtesy of Massey University Press and Mākaro Press and will be translated into Spanish for the Palabras Prestadas poetry blog.
    Entry Details: Free entry. Open to all NZ citizens. Maximum length 200 words. One poem per person. Submit your poem by email including your full name and town of residence to nzgivenwords@gmail.com. Submissions close at midnight on National Poetry Day.
    Submission Dates: Stage One: 23 June – 23 July / Stage Two: 1 August to 25 August.
    Contact: Charles Olsen – nzgivenwords@gmail.com
    Further Info: nzgivenwords.blogspot.co.nz | Twitter | Facebook event | Promo video

    National Online Poetry Competition
    Tararua District Library is celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with our Online Poetry Competition for the whole country. Have your poem published online and be in to win a prize and the glory. Competition open 10th July to 20th August 2017. Winner announced 25 August, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day. Competition judged by Muriel Cowan, local author and poet. Send up to 2 poems on any topic. Up to 2 poems per entrant will be published on the Tararua District Library Blog at https://tararualibrary.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/poetry-competition-2017-ready-steady-go/
    Entry details: Free to enter. Open to all NZ residents aged 18 and over (except Employees of the Tararua District Council). Submit your poems and contact details by email to library@tararuadc.govt.nz Limit of 2 poems per entrant. All poems to be the original creation of the person submitting it, and must be previously unpublished.
    Submission Dates: 10 July – 18 August 2017
    Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
    Further Info: See submission guidelines online at https://tararualibrary.wordpress.com/2017/07/07/poetry-competition-2017-ready-steady-go/

    Feel A Little Poetic?
    Join poet Jenny Palmer and illustrator Evie Kemp, creators of the bestselling Feel A Little book, to make your very own blackout poem! Children of any age can print, create and share a Shy or Happy feelings poem at www.feelalittle.com. Individuals, families and schools are all encouraged to get involved and follow www.facebook.com/feelalittle for poetic prompts and printables along the way! The winners, drawn Poetry Day, will have their poem published online and as a large scale print to keep! Don't be Shy! You'll Feel A Little Happy you joined in!
    Entry Details: This is a free event open to children of all ages. To enter, find printable forms at www.feelalittle.com and submit completed with contact details via email poem@alittleink.co.nz or social media www.facebook.com/feelalittle and @feelalittlenz by Poetry Day Eve 24 August 5pm
    Submission Dates: 1 August - 25 August 2017
    Contact: Jenny Palmer poem@alittleink.co.nz
    Further Info: www.feelalittle.com and www.facebook.com/feelalittle and @feelalittlenz

    My wide white bed: What's in that pocket?
    Ever wondered what's in a nurse's pocket? There's a poem in My wide white bed (to be published October 2017, Landing Press) where author Trish Harris makes her own fantastical list of items in a nurse’s pocket. Now we want to know what you think! Send in a list of four items and be in the draw to win two vouchers for dinner and a movie, and copies of the book. The competition begins on National Poetry Day, and is open for two weeks. Winners will be contacted, and announced on our Landing Press website and Facebook page. Be sure to subscribe/follow us. A list of all items submitted will be posted on these sites as well.
    Entry details: Free entry through Google forms and by email to landingpressnz@gmail.com (from 25 August). All ages welcome. Nationwide.
    Submission Dates: 25 August–8 September
    Contact: Margot and Christine (harrisbook@whitireia.ac.nz)
    Further info: https://www.facebook.com/landingpressnz | https://landingpress.wordpress.com/

    VOLUME Poetry Spam (Junk Poetry Competition)
    Choose a piece of spam or junk mail, an advertisement or other unsolicited words (either printed or received by e-mail). Write a poem using only the vocabulary of the piece of junk you have chosen.
    Entry details: Free to enter. Open now to all New Zealand residents.
    Submission Dates: Entries must be received by 18 August. Send to books@volume.nz or to VOLUME, PO Box 364, Nelson 7040. The winner will be announced on National Poetry Day (25 August) and in our newsletter (subscribe here: www.volume.nz).
    Contact: books@volume.nz
    Further Info: Download instructions at http://tinyurl.com/poetryspam

    Upper Hutt Library Annual Competition
    Upper Hutt Library’s annual poetry national competition returns this year on the 20th year celebration of National Poetry Day! Celebrate this milestone with us by writing a poem based on the theme 1997 (when NPD first began). Please have fun - and we can’t wait to read your poetry!
    Entry Details:There are three entry categories: Children (up to 12), Youth (13 – 18), Adults (over 18 years). Pick up a form and place it, with your poem, into our competition box at Upper Hutt Central Library, or submit your poems online at http://upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/upper-hutt-poetry-competition. Winners will be announced at the awards night 25th August at Upper Hutt Library (see Events Calendar).
    Submission Dates:Entries open Monday 10th July. Entries close Sunday 13th August 2017.
    Contact Details: libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz
    Further Info: http://upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/upper-hutt-poetry-competition/

    Write Wainuiomata
    Do you have a story to tell? A poem to share? Sport Wainuiomata and Hutt City Libraries are celebrating Wainuiomata and National Poetry Day with the 'Write Wainuiomata Poetry and Short Fiction Competition'. All submissions must include the word “Wainuiomata”. The competition officially opens for submissions on National Poetry Day (Friday 25 August) and closes on Friday 19 September. Winners will be announced on Saturday 14 October. Entries can be written in either English or Māori. A reader/writer support person can assist those with dyslexia, sight impairments or have difficulties with literacy. Winning entries to be published online on the Sport Wainuiomata website.
    Entry Details: Free to enter. Open to all ages. There are 2 categories: all ages, and youth up to 15 years-old.

    • Submit online your poems and contact details by email to sportwainuiomatainc@gmail.com with “Write Wainuiomata” in the subject line.
    • OR Submit in person a hard copy of your poems with a cover page providing contact details, in person to Wainuiomata Community Library.
    • Limit of 2 entries per entrant.

    Contact: sportwainuiomatainc@gmail.com OR LibrariesEvents@huttcity.govt.nz
    Further Info: See submission guidelines on posters in Hutt City Libraries or online at: www.sportwainuiomata.com

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    AUCKLAND

    Ex-Auckland Tertiary

    2017 Emerging Poets Competition
    In association with The Divine Muses Poetry Reading & Unity Books Auckland, emerging poets with a connection to Auckland's tertiary institutions are invited to enter the Emerging Poets Competition in the lead up to National Poetry Day 2017. Submit up to two unpublished poems, each one named separately on the entry form found on the website below. Winners announced on National Poetry Day at The Divine Muses Poetry Evening. Entries must be the original work of the person submitting it. Maximum length for each poem submitted is 50 lines. The entrant’s name or nom de plume must not appear on any of the submitted.
    Entry Details: Free Entry. 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, and is a current or former student at The University of Auckland, Auckland University of Technology, Manukau Institute of Technology or Massey University (Albany Campus, Auckland only. Entrants are asked to email their submission and completed application form in a single document – Word or .rtf format to Jane Sanders at jane.sanders@artagent.co.nz
    Submission Dates:1st June 2017 - 1st August 2017
    Contact: Siobhan Harvey - siharvey@aut.ac.nz
    Further Info:artagent.co.nz/poetry/poetry.htm

    Waiheke

    Waiheke Poetry Love Jam Poetry Competition
    Waiheke Song & Poetry Thing proudly presents this all-island poetry competition leading up to our Saturday night finale, Love Jam 2017. Winners will be announced on the night, and their poems performed for the audience, as part of the awesome evening blend of warmth, words and music. C’mon Waiheke, let’s get writing!
    Cost: Free (there are prizes!)
    Entry Details: Waiheke residents only. Three categories: 5-12 yrs, 13 - 18 and adult.Email entries with name, age and contact details to katsun@xtra.co.nz. Paper copies can be put into the special poetry box at the Waiheke Library with name, age and contact details attached to the poem. The box will be at the library from July 26th, as part of a display of local and national poetry.
    Submission Dates: Open now. Deadline extended to 18th August 4pm.
    Contact: Katy Soljak: katsun@xtra.co.nz
    Further Info:www.fb.com/events/671019349759341


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    GISBORNE

    Gisborne Haiku Competition
    To support National Poetry Day we are holding a Haiku competition for Gisborne/East Coast residents. Entry is free and open to all ages - and you may enter as many Haiku as you like. There will be spot prizes for each age group: primary and intermediate students, secondary students, and adults. Your Haiku will be displayed in the library – come in and take a ‘Haiku Trail’- and may feature on our Facebook page. Create your Haiku in the 3 line, 17 syllable format (5/7/5).
    Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages, entries restricted to Gisborne – East Coast region
    Submission details: Open now, closes Thursday 24 August 5.00 pm
    Further Info: Submit your entries to: info@gpl.govt.nz, via our Facebook page: @GisborneLibrary, or deliver to us at 53 Awapuni Road, Gisborne

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    WELLINGTON

    Kāpiti Coast

    "Kāpiti Haiku" Poetry Competition
    Celebrate National Poetry Day by entering Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’ fifth annual poetry competition. For the competition as a theme/poetry type "Kāpiti Haiku". We challenge poets to write a haiku (three lines), up to 3 entries per person. Entries are open for the month of June. We have 3 age categories; Children 6 – 12 years, teen 13 – 18 years, Adult 19+ years. We will also host an open mic night on National Poetry Day (see NPD event calendar), to announce the winners of the poetry competition and present prizes. Special guest poets will be Kāpiti Poetry Workshop members starting the evening with their haiku. An e-book of the haikus will be available to download for free.
    Entry Details: Free. Open to all Kāpiti Coast District Library users.
    Submission dates: 1 – 30 June 2017
    Contact: Juana Kelsen, juana.kelsen@kapiticoast.govt.nz
    Further Info: kapiticoast.govt.nz/poetry

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    CANTERBURY

    The Great Wall of Poetry
    UBS Canterbury is celebrating the readers and writers of poetry by building a Great Wall of Poetry. It doesn’t matter whether you are a published poet, an amateur enthusiast, or a student of the craft: we just want to share your work! All submissions will be featured on the wall and go into the draw to win a poetry prize pack. The winner will be announced on National Poetry Day at the University Bookshop’s lunchtime event Sight and Sound at UBS. Limit of two poems per person, work must be original. Email your submissions to fern@ubscan.co.nz.
    Entry Details: Free to enter. Open to all Canterbury residents. Limit of two poems per person, work must be original. Email your submissions and contact details to fern@ubscan.co.nz.
    Submission Dates: 11 July – 20 August 2017. Winner announced 25 August, 12:45pm, at the University Bookshop.
    Contact: Fern at fern@ubscan.co.nz
    Further Info: For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/235981823588869/?ti=icl

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    GREY DISTRICT

    Grey District Library Poetry Competition
    Join fellow poetry lovers in a competition to celebrate National Poetry Day, 2017. The writer of the most engaging poem within each age category will win a Paperplus voucher. Winners will be announced at a National Poetry Day warm-up event hosted by the Grey District Library at 5.30pm on Wednesday 23rd August. Prize winning poems will be read aloud at two local rest homes on National Poetry Day, Friday 25th August.
    Entry details: Free. Open to Grey District residents only. Age categories are up to 8 years old; 9 to 13; 14 to 17; and 18 years and over. Poems can be on any topic. One poem per person. Submit your poem, age range, address and contact details by email to poetrycompetition@greydc.govt.nz no later than 4pm Friday 18th August, 2016.
    Submission Dates: Monday 31st July to 4pm Friday 18th August, 2017.
    Contact: Ollie Witton Ollie.Witton@greydc.govt.nz or 03 768 5597
    Further info: See our Facebook event