Competition Calendar


Thank you for visiting our 2020 Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Competitions Calendar. There's not much here yet, but as we head toward our unofficial celebration of poetry for 2020, you'll see on offer the wonderfully wide range of competitions regional, nationwide and online, for children and adult. With such an eclectic mix, there were opportunities galore to put pen to paper and release a poem out into the world! The 2020 calendar will be updated progressively, so keep checking in to see what's new. Good luck!


Poetry New Zealand Yearbook Student Poetry Competition

Calling all young poets! 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 Send us your previously unpublished original poem and be in to win a copy of Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2020. Winning poems will be published in the 2021 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. The 12 winners will be announced on National Poetry Day, 21 August 2020.

Entry Details: Free. Open to all Year 11, 12 and 13 students.

Date/Times: Open now. Entries close 24 July.

Location: Nationwide

Contact: Massey University Press,

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The Kauri Museum Poetry and Song Lyric Competition

The Kauri Museum celebrates Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with two events. An open event, and an event for students, organised through local schools, which begins after the national day.

The Kauri Museum’s home is a small rural town on the edge of the mighty Kaipara Harbour. Referencing our location, the theme is - The Ebb and Flow of the Kaipara. Judges are local; an English teacher and a musician. Winners and prizes are announced at the Open Mic Night. Winning poems are published online; all entries are displayed in the museum.

Entry Details: Entry is free. Maximum of three entries. For entry forms and more details (including the student event) visit

Submission Dates: 18 July – 8 August







Upper Hutt Libraries Poetry Competition 2020

Upper Hutt Libraries’ annual Poetry Competition is back! Celebrate the upcoming National Poetry Day on 21 August by getting creative and writing a poem on this year’s theme: Freedom.

The competition is open from 1 July to 9 August, with three submission categories: children (5-12), teens (13-17), and adults.

Competition entries will be judged by local writers. Winners will be announced at the Poetry Awards Night on 21 August: 4pm for the children and teens categories, 6pm for adults.

Entry details: Free to enter. Poems must not have been submitted to any other competition. In the case of being shortlisted, participants must be able to attend the Poetry Awards Night at the Upper Hutt Central Library on 21 August. More information is available by emailing Submissions can be made online via the Library’s website or in paper form at Upper Hutt Central and Pinehaven Libraries.

Submission Dates: 1 July to 9 August (4pm)


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