Competition Calendar


Get ready for an exciting year of poetry! Here you'll find all the details for our 2024 competitions - regional, nationwide, and online, for both children and adults. Get ready to unleash your creativity and share your poetry with the world!

These are the competitions open so far, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!


Bell Hill Apartments Dunedin 2024 Poetry Competition

This year’s theme is “WILD WEATHER AT BELL HILL”. $200 prize, sponsored by &

Entry Details: Free entry. Poem to be 150 words maximum, A4 page, double line spacing. Open to people residing in New Zealand. Submit one original entry only. Entries will be blind judged by 2019-2022 NZ Poet Laureate David Eggleton. Judge’s decision is final, no further correspondence entered into.

Include: Title, poet name, email address, phone number, word count on same page – NB: these will not be included in poem word count. Winning entry will be added to the Bell Hill Apartments Welcome Book with poet acknowledged. Winning poem to be announced National Poetry Day, 23 August 2024.

Submission Dates: Open from 1 July 2024 – closing 5pm, 29 July 2024.

Contact Details: Email entry as PDF to:

Further Info: Promoted on Twitter and @LiteratureAlive

Leap Poetry for Children Competition

In the lead-up to Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2024, The Poets XYZ are running a nationwide competition for adults who write poetry for children.

Theme: “Leap” – to be interpreted as widely and wildly as entrants like.

First Prize: $50 and your poem made into a digital printable poster designed by award winning illustrator Vasanti Unka. Second Prize: $35 book voucher. Third Prize: $20 book voucher. The competition is run by The Poets XYZ—a trio of New Zealand writers, Elena de Roo, Kathryn Dove, and Melinda Szymanik, who are keen to see poetry for children flourish in Aotearoa New Zealand and to develop a network of children’s poets. Judge: Renowned children’s writer and poet, Bill Nagelkerke.

The winning poem will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 23rd August 2024.

Entry Details: Entry is free and open to anyone in New Zealand aged 18 years and over. Send in up to three poems aimed at 5–12 year olds. There is a 25-line limit per poem and poems should be previously unpublished (including not on private blogs, websites, social media). Poems should be all your own work and not have any AI generated content. Any poems found to have AI generated content will be disqualified. Poems should be written in English. Previous winners are welcome to enter

Submission Dates: Opens 29th June 2024, closes midnight Friday 2nd August.

Contact Details: email thepoetsxyz@gmail.comwith ‘Leap Poetry Competition Entry' in the subject line.

Further Info: visit the Poets XYZ