2017 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

2017 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Celebrations

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2017 hits New Zealand on the 25th of August. We're unleashing the power of poetry with around a hundred events and a bunch of great poetry competitions.

Registrations and seed funding applications have closed!

The new 2017 calendar will launch 1st August.

For an idea of what has gone before, you can:

- view the past 2016 calendar of events.

- see the 2016 competitions listed below.

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Here are the competitions held last year:

2016 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Competitions

With several regional poetry competitions and an online competition open nationwide, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2016 gave everyone an excuse to put pen to paper and send a poem out into the world.


Online Poetry Competition
Tararua District Library is celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with a nationwide Online Poetry Competition. Have your poem published online and be in to win a prize. Judged by local author Muriel Cowan, the competition is open 11 July to 22nd August 2016. Winner announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day. Prizes for the best two poems. Up to 2 poems per entrant will be published on the Tararua District Library Blog at tararualibrary.wordpress.com
Entry Details: Free to enter. Open to all NZ residents aged 18 and over (except Employees of the Tararua District Council). Send up to 4 poems on any topic. All poems to be the original creation of the person submitting it, and must be previously unpublished. Submit your typed poems with your contact details by email to library@tararuadc.govt.nz or hand them in at any branch of Tararua District Library. Limit of 4 poems per entrant.
Submission Dates: 11 July – 22nd August 2016
Contact Details: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
Further Info: tararualibrary.wordpress.com/

Given Words Online Poetry Project in Spain
For National Poetry Day 2016, poets in NZ are invited to participate in a special one-off English version of an online Spanish poetry project run by Nelson-born poet Charles Olsen called Palabras Prestadas (or Given Words). You can write about anything but there are five words which must appear in the poem. These come from Australian poet Les Murray's poem ‘High Speed Trap Space’ and they are: walled, crane-swing, jaw, blubber and blurt. The words can be in any order and verbs can change tense. A selection of the entries will be published at the end of September 2016 on the Palabras Prestadas Spanish blog. The best poem will be translated into Spanish and win a copy of the poetry collection Antípodas by Charles Olsen (published in 2016 by Huerga y Fierro, Spain, bilingual edition)
Entry Details:
Free entry. Open to all NZ citizens. Maximum length 200 words. Only one poem per person. The poem must include the five words above. Submit your poem by email including your full name and town of residence to librodepalabrasprestadas@gmail.com. Submissions close at midnight on National Poetry Day.
Submission Dates:
3 August - midnight 26 August
Contact Details:
Charles Olsen – librodepalabrasprestadas@gmail.com
Further Info:

Poetry on Planes and Trains: Red Room Poetry Object Competition
National Poetry Day marks one month until the Red Room Poetry Object Competition closes. Red Room Poetry Object is a free poetry writing competition inviting students and their teachers to submit poems about objects that are special to them. 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. With a $10,000 prize pool, including the opportunity to be published on trains and planes, Red Room Poetry Object 2016 is set to be the competition’s most exciting year yet.
Submission Details: Free to enter. Open to school students in Years 3-10 and their teachers, in New Zealand and Australia. Register your school here, check out the free learning resources here, and then submit your poems here. Register your school and submit your poems by Friday 23 September.
Dates: Deadline Friday 23 September 2016.
Contact: education@redroomcompany.org
Further Info: redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object


Waiheke’s Song and Poetry Thing Quick-Competition
A quick competition for Waiheke poets aged 18 years and older. Email one original poem and your contact details to Katy Soljak and Sue Fitchett. Writers of the top three poems win mini-prizes and an opportunity to perform their work at the Song and Poetry Thing on Waiheke Island on the eve of National Poetry Day 2016. Winners will be announced on August 25that Song and Poetry Thing.
Entry Details: Free to enter. Submissions open to people of Waiheke The poem should be 40 lines or less and submitted by email in an attached Word document. Send your submission with your contact details to both Katy Soljak, katsun@xtra.co.nz, AND Sue Fitchett, fitchettsue@gmail.com.
Submission Dates: 10 August - 5pm 22nd August
Contact: Sue Fitchett, fitchettsue@gmail.com for further information

2016 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 2016. 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 2016 - 1st August 2016
Contact Details: Siobhan Harvey - siharvey@aut.ac.nz
Further Info: artagent.co.nz/poetry/poetry.htm

Hawke's Bay Region

Wardini Books’ Great Big National Poetry Day Competition
Enter Wardini Books’ Great Big National Poetry Day competition and grab your opportunity to see your poem in print. Craft your poem and enter it for consideration by award winning judge Paula Green. Winning poems will be printed in The Village Press and will receive a prize pack of books. Open to children and adults of the Hawke's Bay. Children’s winners will also be published on Paula’s Green’s marvellous website www.nzpoetrybox.wordpress.com
Entry Details: Free entry. Age categories: 5-7, 8-10, 11–13, 13-18, and adults over 18. Open to residents of Hawke’s Bay. Paper entries only. Post your poems and entry form to Wardini Books, 16 Te Mata Road, Havelock North. Entry forms available online at www.wardini.co.nz and from Wardini Books at 16 Te Mata Road, Havelock North and Wardini Books at 44 Hastings Street, Napier.
Submission Dates: Monday 25th July - 3pm Monday 15th August.
Contact Details: email books@wardini.co.nz
Further Info: www.wardini.co.nz

Kapiti Coast

Kapiti Coast Matariki/Winter Poetry Competition
Celebrate National Poetry Day by entering Kāpiti Coast District Libraries’ fourth annual poetry competition. Write a poem in English or Te Reo Māori on the theme of Matariki or winter. The competition is open to three age groups: 6-12 yrs, 13-18 yrs, and 19+ yrs. See guidelines and download an entry form online at kapiticoast.govt.nz/poetry. Winners announced on National Poetry Day at the Kāpiti Coast Libraries Matariki/Winter Open Mic Night on Friday 26 August, 5.30-6.30pm.
Entry Details: Free. Open to all Kāpiti Coast District Library users. Email poems and entry form to library.event@kapiticoast.govt.nz
Submission dates: 1 – 30 June 2016
Contact Details: Juana Kelsen, juana.kelsen@kapiticoast.govt.nz
Further Info: kapiticoast.govt.nz/poetry


Hagley Writers' Institute National Poetry Day Competition
Cantabrians are invited to enter this National Poetry Day competition judged by James Norcliffe. The winning poem will be published as a poster by Phantom Billstickers and will be announced along with the runner up at a National Poetry Day Celebration reading at Scorpio Bookshop in association with WORD Chch Writers' Festival. Not sure what to write? Come along to the free warm-up workshop on the 25th of June.
Entry Details: Canterbury poets aged 18+. Email or post your poems (typed, in single-spaced, 12 pt, Times New Roman font) to the Hagley Writers' Institute.
Submission Dates: 25 June - 31 July 2016
Contact Details: Submissions to and further information from Morrin Rout, Director, Hagley Writers' Institute. Email writers@hagley.school.nz. Ph: 0210464189 or 03 3299789
Further Info: hagleywriters.net

Grey District

Grey District Library Poetry Competition
Join fellow poetry lovers in a competition to celebrate National Poetry Day, 2016. Enter in one of three age groups. The writer of the most engaging poem in each 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 24th August. Prize winning poems will be read aloud at three local rest homes on National Poetry Day, Friday 26th August.
Entry Details: Free. Open to Grey District residents only. Categories are 13 years and under; 14 to 17; 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 5pm Friday 19th August.
Submission Dates: 1 August to 5pm Friday 19 August, 2016.
Contact Details: Ollie Witton Ollie.Witton@greydc.govt.nz or 03 768 5597
Further Info: www.facebook.com/GreyDistrictLibrary


Space and Time Poetry Competition for Children
It’s time to celebrate poetry with Wanaka Library! Writing a poem is so much fun and getting involved is super easy. If you are aged between 5-12yrs, then get writing. All poems should be based on the theme Space and or Time and just to make it a little more challenging see if you can do it in 25 lines or less. Once you’ve written your poem submit it to Wanaka Library via email, snail mail or just hand it in to the extremely friendly librarians.
Entry Details: This free to enter competition is open to children in the Wanaka community who are 5-12 years old. Enter in one of two age groups, 5-8 years and 9-12 years. Submit your entry via email or hand it in to staff at Wanaka Library on an A4 sheet of paper. Poems must be original works, 25 lines or less and just the one entry per person. Put your name, age and contact details on the back of your entry. Please note that poems may be used in marketing and promotional activities during and after the competition.
Submission Dates: July 25th – August 22nd
Contact Details: Eve Marshall-Lea / evem@qldc.govt.nz
Further Info: www.facebook.com/queenstownlibrary/