2019 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

Welcome to Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019!

Packed with amazing events from all around the country and beyond, last year's programme was a huge success. With over 150 dynamic events, workshops and competitions, featuring acclaimed poets, new voices, young writers, and poetry enthusiasts, there was something for everyone. From slam poetry to sonnets, stages to pavements, people created and enjoyed poetry in a myriad of venues around the country: cafes, bars, schools, university campuses, community centres, retirement villages, marae, libraries and theatres – even on trains!

Registrations for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 are now OPEN!!! We can't wait to see what you've got planned.

For queries email: poetryday@nzbookawards.org.nz

For inspiration check out 2018's full Calendar of Events here.

For 2018 Competitions, scroll down!

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2018 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Competitions


    Thanks for visiting our 2018 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day competitions' calendar. As you'll see, we had a wonderfully wide range of competitions last year regional, nationwide and online, for children and adult. With such an eclectic mix, everyone had the opportunity to put pen to paper and release a poem out into the world! This year's calendar is sizing up to be just as exciting. The calendar will be updated progressively, so make sure you keep checking in to see what's new, as we head towards Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 23 August 2019. Good luck!


    The 24-Hour Poem Competition
    There will be prizes. There will be chaos. There will be a Winner, a Runner-up, and an Organiser’s Other-half’s Choice. The challenge is to write a poem of no more than thirty lines, containing ten supplied words. The catch is: you will only have the 24 hours of Poetry Day itself to write and submit your poem. Thanks to the generosity of publishers Anahera Press, Auckland University Press, Cold Hub Press, Otago University Press and Victoria University Press, the winners will take home poetry titles from the 2018 NZ Book Awards. The judge is Joanna Preston.
    Entry details: Free to enter, but participants must pre-register for the competition by 17 August. Limit of one entry per participant, restricted to New Zealand citizens and residents. To register, visit https://jopre.wordpress.com/npd2018-24hr-signup/.
    Dates: Registration: by 17 August 2018. Competition: midnight 24 August – midnight 25 August 2018.
    Contact & Further Info:See full entry conditions at: https://jopre.wordpress.com/npd2018-24hr-signup/

    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 in the draw to win a poetry prize pack. The wall will be unveiled on 24 August and poets are invited to read the work submitted by members of the public and shop our poetry shelves.
    Entry Details:
    Free to enter. Open to all NZ residents. Poems must be formatted to fit on an A4 landscape page. Email your submissions and contact details to leah@ubscan.co.nz.
    Submission Dates:
    12 July – 18 August 2018. Wall Unveiled 24 August at the University Bookshop
    Further Info:
    For more information contact Leah at leah@ubscan.co.nz , or visit www.facebook.com/ubscanterbury

    Given Words
    Given Words returns for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018. It is open to all New Zealand citizens and residents. On 1 August we will publish in Given Words five words selected from the poetry of Spanish poet Antonio Machado (1875-1939). You then have until National Poetry Day 24 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. We have also prepared a Class plan for teachers to use with their students.
    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
    Submission Dates: 1 August to midnight on 24 August
    Contact Details: Charles Olsen – nzgivenwords@gmail.com
    Further Info: nzgivenwords.blogspot.co.nz | Facebook event

    The Geometry | Open Book Poetry Competition
    Celebrate National Poetry Day with Geometry and The Open Book. $250 First Prize, plus a year's subscription to Geometry journal and the My Book Bag book delivery service. Judge's selection published at http://theopenbook.co.nz and the winner published in Geometry Issue 4. Join submitting poets and the judges for a reading of the winning poem and highly commended work at The Open Book, 201 Ponsonby Road, Auckland, on Saturday 25 August, 3pm. Judged by Anna Livesey and Sophie van Waardenberg.
    Entry details: One poem per poet. Poets must be resident in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Submit your poem to poetry@theopenbook.co.nz and include your name and postal address in the email.
    Submission dates: Open 11 July. Close 31 July. Winner and judge’s selection will be notified by August 20.
    Contact: info@theopenbook.co.nz
    Further Info: For competition see http://theopenbook.co.nz | Facebook event | To view Geometry journal (not competition) www.geoliterary.com

    National Online Poetry Competition
    Tararua District Library is celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with an Online Poetry Competition for the whole country. Have your poem published online and be in to win a prize and the glory. Competition open 9th July to 17th August 2018. Winner, as judged by local author Lyn McConchie, will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day. There will also be a People’s Choice prize, as judged by the people! Send up to 2 poems on any topic. Up to 2 poems per entrant will be published on the Tararua District Library Blog.
    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.
    Submission Dates: 9 July – 17 August 2018
    Contact: library@tararuadc.govt.nz
    Further Info: See submission guidelines online at https://tararualibrary.wordpress.com/2018/06/26/poetry-competition-2018-on-your-marks-get-set-go/

    Unleash the Power of Poetry
    Upper Hutt City Library’s annual poetry competition returns this year. Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day by writing a poem based on the theme “Together”. Entries can be dropped off to Pop-Up Library, CBD Towers Level 1, 84-90 Main Street, Upper Hutt or emailed to libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz<mailto:libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz>
    Entry Details: Enter free, nationwide. There are 3 entry categories:
    · Children (up to 12)
    · Youth (13-18)
    · Adults (over 18)
    Winner to be announced at the Poetry Awards Night, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Friday 24th August 2018.
    Submission Dates: Submissions open Monday 9 July and close on Monday 13 August, 12pm
    Contact: libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz<mailto:libraryprogrammes@uhcc.govt.nz>
    Further Info:http://upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/upper-hutt-poetry-competition/

    Entry Details:
    1. Choose one page of New Zealand published prose.
    2. Make 2 copies of the page.
    3. On one copy, delete (perhaps using a marker pen) or erase (perhaps using white-out) everything you don’t want in your poem.
    4. Your poem is what remains.
    5. Send us both copies by 20 August.
    The winner will be announced at VOLUME at 2 PM on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day (24 August). The winner will receive a trophy and a copy of the 2018 Poetry New Zealand Yearbook.
    Submission Dates: Open now. Submit by 20 August.
    Contact: Stella or Thomas: books@volume.nz
    Further Info:books@volume.nz

    Poetry NZ Yearbook Student Poetry Competition
    Calling all young poets! Entries are now open for the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook Student Poetry Competition.
    Entry Details: Entry free. Send us your previously unpublished original poem and be in to win a copy of the 2018 Poetry New Zealand Yearbook for your school library and the 2017 edition for yourself. Poems can be of any length, any style and about any subject. Entries will be judged by Poetry New Zealand Yearbook editor Jack Ross. The 12 winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day August 24, 2018.
    • When you enter please indicate whether you are a Year 11, Year 12, or year 13 student at a New Zealand school and please name your school
    • Four prizes will be given in each of these three age-group categories
    • Successful entrants must agree to their names and schools appearing in media and publicity for the award
    Submission Dates: Open now - Entries close May 31 2018
    Contact: Please send your entry to editorial@masseypress.ac.nz
    Further Info: http://www.masseypress.ac.nz | Facebook

    Red Room Poetry Object Competition 2018
    Red Room Poetry Object invites students (Years 3-10) and teachers to write poems inspired by their own special and curious objects. Providing authentic publication outcomes and learning resources, Poetry Object is the largest free poetry-writing competition in Australasia. All participants can call themselves published poets, with all submissions featured in the Poetry Object digital library, visited by a worldwide audience of over 250,000 per year**. Three winning poems and a school installation will be awarded prize packs, with their poems featuring in an exciting public exhibition. (NB: Check the upcoming Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Calendar of Events for poetry workshops in Auckland).
    Submission Dates: Opens Tuesday 10 April 2018. Competition Closes: Friday 22 September 2018 midnight AEST
    Contact: poetryobject@redroomcompany.org
    Further Info: redroomcompany.org/projects/poetry-object

    If you’re a poet we want to know it!
    Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day by entering up to three haiku in the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries Sixth Annual Poetry Competition.This year's theme is "Food for Thought." All entries will be published as a print book and eBook. Winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day at the Open Mic Night at Paraparaumu Library on Friday 24 August 5.30 - 6.30pm.
    Entry Details: Entry free. You may submit up to three haiku for the competition. Poets are welcome to freely interpret the theme.The competition is open to three age groups: Child 6 - 12 years | Teen 13 - 18 years | Adults 19+ years
    Please submit your entry using the appropriate form from one of these links. Entries may be in English or Te Reo Māori. Please read the guidelines and conditions of entry. By submitting your haiku into this competition, you agree to these conditions.To learn more about haiku, please read our descriptionof a haiku.
    Submission Dates: Open now. Competition closes 30 June 2018.
    Further Info: Kapiti Coast Library on Facebook | Website https://www.kapiticoast.govt.nz/libraries

    National Schools Poetry Award
    The National Schools Poetry Award is held annually. It is free to enter and open to Year 12 and 13 students across New Zealand. Prizes include cash, subscriptions to literary journals and a one-day masterclass at the International Institute of Modern Letters on Saturday 25 August, with paid flights and accommodation. The Masterclass is convened by poets James Brown and Hera Lindsay Bird. Winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day: Friday 24 August 2018. For more details of prizes go to: http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/prizes/.
    Entry details: Enter online via our dedicated Schools Poetry Award website:http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/enter-competition/ or download an entry form and post it to: National Schools Poetry Award, International Institute of Modern Letters, c/- Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, WELLINGTON 614O. Otherwise find our downloadable entry form here: https://www.victoria.ac.nz/modernletters/about/events/schools-poetry/howtoenter
    Submission Dates: Open now. DEADLINE EXTENDED to 9 JULY 2018
    Contact:Katie.hardwick-smith@vuw.ac.nz | 04- 463 6854
    Further Info: Go to the IIML website: http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/about/


    Birkenhead College Poetry Competition-
    closed event
    Celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day by entering up to three poems in the 2018 Birkenhead College Poetry Competition. This year's theme is ‘Home/Tūrangawaewae’. The winning entry will be published in the school newsletter and on the school’s website. Winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 24 August, at the lunchtime Poetry Slam in the BC Library.
    Entry Details: Entry free. You may submit up to three poems for the competition. Poets are welcome to freely interpret the theme. The competition is open to BC students only. Please submit your entry via sharing on google docs with zel@birkenhead.school.nz.
    Submission Dates: Competition opens immediately after the Poet’s Workshop, Period 2 on 2nd of July. Competition closes 3.15pm, Monday, 6 August 2018.
    Contact: Mrs Elliott,zel@birkenhead.school.nz
    Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/birkenheadcollege/

    2018 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 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018. This year's judge is poet and former competition winner, Elizabeth Morton. 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, Massey University (Albany Campus, Auckland) and Blue Haven workshops 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 2018 - 1st August 2018
    Contact Details: Siobhan Harvey - siharvey@aut.ac.nz
    Further Info: artagent.co.nz/poetry/poetry.htm


    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 2018. 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!)
    Open to: Waiheke residents only. Three categories: 5-12 yrs, 13 - 18 and adult.
    Submission details: 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 competition boxes will be at the Waiheke library from June 27.
    Submission Dates: Open from now to August 4 5.00 pm
    Contact: Katy Soljak: katsun@xtra.co.nz
    Further Info:https://www.facebook.com/events/400226830476668/


    Queen Margaret College Poetry Competition – closed event
    QMC Library is celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with an Online Poetry Competition for our whole school. There will be a winner in each 3 categories, Junior, Middle and Senior. The judge’s selection will be published in a hard covered book "Poetry @ QMC 2018" and the winner from each category will be awarded a copy.
    Entry details: Free to enter. Open to all QMC students. Limit of 4 poems per entrant. Submit your original previously unpublished poems by email to library@qmc.school.nz include an image if you wish. All entries will be published online qmclibrary.weebly.com
    Submission Dates: 18 July – 28 August 2018
    Contact: library@qmc.school.nz.
    Further info: Come in and see us for more information.


    Grey District Library Poetry Competition
    Join fellow poetry lovers in a competition to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2018. 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 22nd August. Prize winning poems will be read aloud at two local rest homes on National Poetry Day, Friday 24th 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 17th August, 2018.
    Submission Dates: Monday 30th July to 4pm Friday 17th August, 2018.
    Contact Details: Ollie Witton Ollie.Witton@greydc.govt.nz or 03 768 5597
    Further info: Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/146797525870746


    National Poetry Day Poetry Competition for Primary Schools, Dunedin
    A poetry competition to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, open to all primary schools in Dunedin. Two entry categories: age 7-9, and age 10-12. Winners will be notified by 1st August and must be available to attend the National Poetry Day event at Dunedin City Library at 5.30pm on Friday 24th August to present a reading of their poem. Competition judged by Diane Brown and Majella Cullinane
    Entry Details:Free. Dunedin primary school children aged 7-12 inclusive. Two entry categories: age 7-9, and age 10-12. Submission details, subject prompts and online entry form here
    Submission Dates:Competition opens 1st May 2018; competition closes 30th June 2018 at 12noon.
    Contact: Majella Cullinane majellacullinane@hotmail.com
    Further Info: Dunedin Public Libraries website

    2018 WriteNow Poetry Competition
    The 2018 WriteNow Poetry Competition for Dunedin Secondary School students is open for entries! This year’s competition will be judged by Dunedin poet, novelist, editor and 2018 Ockham poetry award finalist Sue Wootton for The Yield (Otago University Press).The WriteNow prize ceremony will be held on Friday 24 August as part of Dunedin’s National Poetry Day public event and placegetters will be invited to read. All placegetters also receive book tokens courtesy of the University Book Shop, and will be invited to be interviewed and podcast by Otago Access Radio’s Youth Zone (listen to some young Dunedin poets here).
    WriteNow - there's no better moment!
    Entry details: Junior (years 9-10), Senior (years 11-13).See the full Conditions of Entry here.
    Submission Dates: Open now.Submissions close 5pm on Friday 27 July 2018. Results will be released on Monday 20 August 2018
    Contact: poems@writenow.nz
    Further Info: https://writenow.nz/ | suewootton.com