Competition Calendar


Welcome to 2022's Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day Competitions Calendar! Here you'll find the details of the wonderful competitions that happened in 2022 - regional, nationwide and online, for children and adults. There were opportunities galore to put your pen to paper and release a poem out into the wild!

Bring on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2023!


NATIONWIDE


Radio NZ Needs You!

On Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on RNZ at 1.10pm Jesse Mulligan will let listeners know 6 random words, which they must incorporate into a poem that is no more than 6 lines long. The entries are judged and the winner is announced after 2pm on air. This year’s judge will be Tracey Slaughter, the current editor of the New Zealand Poetry Yearbook.

Entry details: Free

Date/times: Friday 26 August, 1pm

Contact: Melita Tull, melita.tull@rnz.co.nz

Further info: rnz.co.nz/jesse


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 Send us your previously unpublished original poem and be in to win a copy of Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2022. First prize poems will be published in the 2023 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 2023 editor Tracey Slaughter. The 12 winners will be announced on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, 26 August 2022.

Entry details: Free event open to all Year 11, 12 and 13 New Zealand high school students. Send up to 3 poems, along with your full name, year level and school name to editorial@masseypress.ac.nz

Submission Dates: 17 May 2022–15 July 2022

Contact: editorial@masseypress.ac.nz

Further info: See submission guidelines online at https://www.masseypress.ac.nz/news/2022/may/poetry-new-zealand-yearbook-student-poetry-competition-now-open/


Given Words from Honduras 2022

Given Words returns for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2022. On 1 August we will publish in Given Words five words chosen by girls at the Our Little Roses orphanage in Honduras. You then have until National Poetry Day 26 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 selected by Charles Olsen, Mikaela Nyman and Sophia Wilson will receive prizes courtesy of The Cuba Press. There is also a Class plan available for teachers to use with their students.

Entry Details: Free entry. Open to all NZ citizens and residents. 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 26 August
Contact Details: Charles Olsen – nzgivenwords@gmail.com

Further Info: nzgivenwords.blogspot.co.nz | Instagram @givenwords


Poetry and Psychoanalysis ON:‘NOSCE TE ISPUM’– KNOW YOURSELF

The New Zealand Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (NZIPP)is celebrating National Poetry Day with a competition focused on how Poetry and Psychoanalysis address the question:‘Nosce Te Ipsum’ (γνῶθι σεαυτόν)–know yourself. How Psychoanalysis and Poetry understand it might be different; and the answers can be as infinite, as the experiences of analysis are.
What do Psychoanalysis and Poetry have in common? Maybe a sort of unknown matrix of the drive towards getting to know oneself. Poems are welcome on this topic. Winners will be announced on26 August 2022 in occasion of the National Poetry Day. NZIPP will organise a public event inviting participants to attend and will be offered the opportunity to present and discuss the poems with the audience. Up to 2 poems per entrant will be published on the New Zealand Institute of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Website and Facebook page. Venue: Jubilee Building, 545 Parnell Rd, Parnell, Auckland and available remotely via Zoom; a link will be sent upon registration.

Entry Details: Free to enter. Open to all, with no restrictions.

Submission details: please send up to 4 poems and your contact details to: NZIPPandPoetry@gmail.com

Submission Dates:1-21 August 2022
Contact: for further information gloriana.bartoli@gmail.com
Further Info: NZIPP Webpage http://www.psychotherapy.co.nz/ Facebook https://www.facebook.com/New-Zealand-Institute-of-Psychoanalytic-Psychotherapy-704667686334359 LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/nzipp-nz-institute-psychoanalytic-psychotherapy-4b0b18231/4b0b18231/


UoA Poetry Club “Keys” Poetry Competition with Phantom Billstickers

The UoA Poetry Club wants to unlock your poetry skills this year with our poetry competition. The theme for this competition is KEYS — to be interpreted however you like!

Email your entry as a PDF without your name on it to uoapoetryclub@gmail.com with “Keys Poetry Competition” as the subject line with full name, 30-word bio, and postal address in the email body. First prize $100 prezzy card, Runner-Up $50 prezzy card.

Entry Details: Free to enter. Open to anyone residing in New Zealand.

Date/Times: Accepting entries from 1 August - midnight, 26th August 2022.

Contact: UoA Poetry Club, uoapoetryclub@gmail.com

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/uoapoetryclub


SNOWBALL POETRY COMPETITION

Celebrate 25 years of Aotearoa’s National Poetry Day!

Write a 25-line poem. The first line must consist of one letter; the second must consist of two letters; the third, three; and so on, adding a letter to the line length every line for 25 lines. Send the poem to books@volume.nz by 19 August. The winner will be announced on 26 August 2022 (and will receive a prize).

Entry details: Free to enter. Send the poem to books@volume.nz by 19 August.

Submission Dates: Closes 19 August 2022

Contact: books@volume.nz

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683468958695500


Wardini Books Poetry Extravaganza 2022: Poetry Competition

Wardini Books Poetry Competition for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2022

Entry Details: Each entrant may submit one poem. Poems must fit on one side of A4. Can be found, spoken word, whatever you like. Poet must be willing to have the poem performed. Judges are local award winning poets Rosheen Fitzgerald and Jeremy Roberts. Prize - a short film will be made of the winners (or nominated person) performing their poem.

Date/time: Entries invited 1st-31st July, Judging 1st-14th August, Winners announced 15th August, Filming tbc, Film released for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

Location: Wardini Books Havelock North

Contact: Louise Ward books@wardini.co.nz

Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/335342162134272/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D


NORTHLAND/KAIPARA


Kohukohu Library Poetry Prize

Kohukohu Library thinks poetry is so madgood we’ve joined with Phantom Billstickers to whakahari National Poetry Day with a competition. One meaning of ‘KOHU’ is ‘MIST’, so you’ve probably guessed we get a lot of mist around here. So all entries must include the word ‘MIST’ and be 30 lines or less. Submit up to 3 poems.

Best of all, our judge is internationally renowned Ngapuhi poet Robert Sullivan. Can’t get any flasher than that! First Prize- $150 + 2 runners up $50.

Entry details: Free to enter. Open to all NZ Citizens aged 18 and over. Submit your poems
and contact details by email to kohukohulibrary@thelibrary.com. Limit of 3 poems per entrant.
Submission Dates: 11 July – 11 August 2022
Contact: kohukohulibrary@gmail.com

Further Info: See submission guidelines online at the Kohukohu Library facebook page


The Ranui Prize for Poetry

Kohukohu Library has just the thing for a cold rainy school holiday; Write a poem for The Ranui Prize for Poetry. For 12yrs and under. The theme is ‘Weather’ – any take on the theme is acceptable, the more creative the better! The award winning Lynn Jenner is our judge. There are 5 x $50 prizes thanks to Phantom Billstickers.

Entry details: Entry is free –just email your poem to Kohukohulibrary@gmail.com. Put the child’s name and age in the body of the email and attach the poem preferably as a word document.

Submission Dates: Closing date August 11th, 2022

Contact: Kohukohulibrary@gmail.com

Further Info: Details on the Kohukohu Library fb page.


Hokianga Slam!!

What does it mean to be you? What does ‘you’ feel like? Give us it all! For National Poetry Day, an On-line Poetry Slam for rangatahi/youth 13-18years.

Theme: Identity

Prize: $250 (winner takes all)

Just upload a short clip (3min or less) of you performing original work. By August 16th.

#HokiangaSlam

Entry details: Free to enter. Open to rangatahi/youth 13-18 years.
Submission Dates: 24 July – 16 August 2022
Contact: kohukohulibrary@gmail.com

Further Info: Code and Rules - Instagram @Hokiangaslam


AUCKLAND


Poetry on the Beach

Come and write your own, original poem on the sand at Orewa Beach. There will be a people’s choice prize for the best poem on the day, and poems will be judged after the event by Siobhan Harvey. Your poem can be short or long, you can be creative with formatting and layout, and you are welcome to decorate your poem with natural materials that are found in the beach environment. Come along, and let your imagination run wild!

Poetry on the Beach is a wrap-up event for National Poetry Day.

Entry Details: $5, open to all ages and all levels of poetic experience, register online at https://poetryonthebeach2022.wordpress.com/

Date/Times: Saturday 27th August 2021, 12:30pm-1:30pm (poem writing on beach); 2pm-3pm (poetry reading and prizes).

Location: Poetry writing at Moana Reserve, Orewa Beach, 317 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa, Auckland, New Zealand. People’s prize draw and poem reading afterwards at Orewa Library, 12 Moana Ave at 2pm.

Contact: Kristin Stock, kmstock@actrix.co.nz

Further Info: https://poetryonthebeach2022.wordpress.com/


UoA Poetry Club “Keys” Poetry Competition with Phantom Billstickers

The UoA Poetry Club wants to unlock your poetry skills this year with our poetry competition. The theme for this competition is KEYS — to be interpreted however you like!

Email your entry as a PDF without your name on it to uoapoetryclub@gmail.com with “Keys Poetry Competition” as the subject line with full name, 30-word bio, and postal address in the email body. First prize $100 prezzy card, Runner-Up $50 prezzy card.

Entry Details: Free to enter. Open to anyone residing in New Zealand.

Date/Times: Accepting entries from 1 August - midnight, 26th August 2022.

Contact: UoA Poetry Club, uoapoetryclub@gmail.com

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/uoapoetryclub


Rangatahi Poetry Showcase

New Lynn War Memorial Library invites you to our Rangatahi Poetry Showcase!
Rangatahi poets share their words with friends and whānau, and we celebrate the publication and launch of a dedicated book of their collected works, which will also become available in the Auckland Libraries catalogue, through Auckland Council Connected Communities.
The published book will be available to purchase via cash donation on the night, with all proceeds going straight to the poets! Submissions open until 8 August: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScsanVefQ6uO4iCahMqQPp3nRsCCLm_FuNHGXfuOWTDPRuFcg/viewform

Entry Details: Free Entry, No Bookings Required.

Date/Times: 25 August, 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Location: New Lynn War Memorial Library, 3 Memorial Drive, New Lynn, Auckland 0600

Contact: Divyaa Kumar, Divyaa.kumar@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Further Info: https://fb.me/e/1BsvuLgbi


Franklin Poetry Competition

Seeking poetry from Karioitahi to Kawakawa Bay, and everywhere in between!

Franklin Community Hub libraries invite all Franklin local board residents and all library members, over the age of 16 to enter our Poetry Competition.

Poems should highlight the theme “Franklin: my backyard”

Submissions open on Monday 4th July 2022, and close by 5:00pm, Sunday 31st July 2022.

Further details:

· You may submit one poem per person of no more than 40 lines.

· Poems can be submitted in English or Te Reo Māori

· Poems must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant.

· Our judge is Siobhan Harvey, presently a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at The Centre for Creative Writing, Auckland University of Technology where she holds a PhD in Creative Writing. You can read more about her here.

· Although there will be a winner, other prizes may be awarded depending on the number of entries.

· The winning poets will be contacted via the phone/email address provided in the submission form after August 17, 2022.

· All entrants will be invited to the planned Poetry Day Event on 26 August 2022 (National Poetry Day), 5.00 – 6.30pm at Waiuku Library, where they may read their poems. Winners will be announced at the event.

Entry Details: · Entry is free, open to Franklin Local Board residents and all library members, aged 16 and over. All poems must be accompanied by the submission form, agreeing to the further terms and conditions, available from either Waiuku or Pukekohe Libraries, or by applying to the email address waiuku.library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Submission Dates: Submissions open on Monday 4th July 2022, and close by 5:00pm, Sunday 31st July 2022.

Contact: waiuku.library@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=375970461292321&set=pcb.375970764625624


GISBORNE/HAWKE'S BAY


Wardini Books Poetry Extravaganza 2022: Poetry Competition

Wardini Books Poetry Competition for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2022

Entry Details: Each entrant may submit one poem. Poems must fit on one side of A4. Can be found, spoken word, whatever you like. Poet must be willing to have the poem performed. Judges are local award winning poets Rosheen Fitzgerald and Jeremy Roberts. Prize - a short film will be made of the winners (or nominated person) performing their poem.

Date/time: Entries invited 1st-31st July, Judging 1st-14th August, Winners announced 15th August, Filming tbc, Film released for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

Location: Wardini Books Havelock North

Contact: Louise Ward books@wardini.co.nz

Further info: https://www.facebook.com/events/335342162134272/?acontext=%7B%22event_action_history%22%3A[%7B%22surface%22%3A%22page%22%7D]%7D


MANAWATU/WHANGANUI


Poetry Competition 2022

Libraries Tararua are celebrating Phantom 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 from 25th July to 19th August. Winner to be announced on National Poetry Day. Competition judged by Dr. Chris Gallavin, Poetry Performer Extraordinaire and member of The Rouseabouts (poetry-to-music-to-comedy-to-storytelling). Send up to 2 poems on any topic. These may be published on The Libraries Tararua Blog at Tararua District Library (NZ) : Te Whare pukapuka o Tāmaki-nui-a-Rua (wordpress.com)

Entry Details: Free to enter. Open to all NZ residents aged 16 and over. Submit your poems and contact details by email to library@tararuadc.govt.nz, or in person at any Tararua District Library branch.

Submission Dates: 25th July to 19th August 2022

Contact: library@tararudc.govt.nz

Further info: See submission guidelines at Poetry Competition 2022 – Rules | Tararua District Library (NZ) : Te Whare pukapuka o Tāmaki-nui-a-Rua (wordpress.com)


WELLINGTON/KAPITI COAST


Wairarapa Children’s Poetry Competition

To celebrate 2022 Phantom National Poetry Day, Chicken and Frog Bookstore, Featherston is running its 3rd annual poetry competition for Primary School children.

The competition is open to any child 5 – 12 years of age at school in Wairarapa Region. Poems can be any type (long, short, rhyming, not rhyming, haiku, acrostic etc.) I suggest you look at Paula Green’s wonderful website ‘https://nzpoetrybox.wordpress.com’ for hints on writing poetry. They can be illustrated, but the illustrations will not be part of the judging. It’s all about the words. And the three words you need to include somewhere in your poem this year are:

Booktown : imagine : words

It can be about living in or visiting our actual Booktown (Featherston) or an imaginary, fantastical Booktown (how exciting would that be?)

Please bring your poem (or post it) to Chicken and Frog Bookstore, 3 Clifford Square, Featherston 5710 or email it to chickenandfrog20@gmail.com by Sunday, 21 August. The winners will be notified, and announced on the Chicken and Frog Facebook page on Phantom National Poetry Day, Friday, 26 August. All entries will be displayed in-store for one month. Entries cannot be returned. Please ensure your name, age, school and contact phone number are written on the back.

Prizes will be store vouchers and books – Senior and Junior winners, and several Highly Commended in each group.

Further updates will appear on the Chicken and Frog Facebook Page. Enjoy your writing!!

Entry Details: The competition is open to any child 5 – 12 years of age at school in Wairarapa Region. All entries will be displayed in-store for one month. Entries cannot be returned. Please ensure your name, age, school and contact phone number are written on the back.

Date/Times: Please bring your poem (or post it) to Chicken and Frog Bookstore, 3 Clifford Square, Featherston 5710 or email it to chickenandfrog20@gmail.com by Sunday, 21 August. The winners will be notified, and announced on the Chicken and Frog Facebook page on Phantom National Poetry Day, Friday, 26 August.

Location: Chicken and Frog Bookstore, Featherston

Contact: chickenandfrog20@gmail.com | Chicken and Frog Facebook


Upper Hutt Libraries Poetry Competition 2022

Have you got a story to be told, a rhyme to be made, or a haiku waiting to happen? Celebrate with us in the lead-up to National Poetry Day and create a poem on the theme “home”. Our competition is open from 1 to 31 July 2022, and shortlisted and winning entries will win a writing-themed prize. Winners will be announced at our Poetry Awards Night on National Poetry Day: Friday, 26 August 2022, so make sure to join us then!

Entry details: Free to enter. Open to all ages; categories are children (ages 5-12), teens (13-17) and adults (18+). Poems must fit on one A4 page and must not have been submitted to any other competition.
Submission dates: 1-31 July 2022
Contact: rhea.fohs@uhcc.govt.nz or call Upper Hutt Libraries on 04 527 2117

Further info: See our terms & conditions and our online submission form here: https://www.upperhuttlibrary.co.nz/Library-News-and-Blog/Poetry-Competition-2022


Magnetic Poetry Competition

GOOD BOOKS is celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day with a Magnetic Poetry Competition.

Come into the shop and create a new poem with our custom-made, very limited-edition magnetic poetry sets. There are two sets, each using the words from one of the poems from this year’s Ockham NZ Book Award-winning poetry collections: “The elephant in the parlour” from Tumble by Joanna Preston, and “Māori Uniform” from Whai by Nicole Titihuia Hawkins.

You can also enter online if you’re not able to come in. The Tumble winner will be selected by Joanna and the Whai winner will be selected by Nicole. Each winner will receive a magnetic poetry set and a $50 GOOD BOOKS gift voucher in the week following Poetry Day.

Rules: you can only use the words in the poem; no using words more than once (unless they appear more than once); you don't need to use all the words. One entry per poem per person.

Entry Details: Free to enter. Open to all NZ residents aged 16 and over. Enter in store or at the link below.

Submission Dates: 9am Monday 21 – 5.30pm Friday 26 August

Contact: shop@goodbookshop.nz


NELSON/MARLBOROUGH


SNOWBALL POETRY COMPETITION

Celebrate 25 years of Aotearoa’s National Poetry Day!

Write a 25-line poem. The first line must consist of one letter; the second must consist of two letters; the third, three; and so on, adding a letter to the line length every line for 25 lines. Send the poem to books@volume.nz by 19 August. The winner will be announced on 26 August 2022 (and will receive a prize).

Entry details: Free to enter. Send the poem to books@volume.nz by 19 August.

Submission Dates: Closes 19 August 2022

Contact: books@volume.nz

Further Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683468958695500


WEST COAST


Grey District Library Poetry Competition

Join fellow poetry lovers in a competition to celebrate Phantom National Poetry Day, 2022. The writer of the most engaging poem within each age category will win a Paper Plus voucher. Winners will be announced at a Phantom National Poetry Day online celebration. Prize winning poems will be read aloud at two local rest homes on Phantom National Poetry Day, 26th 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 19th August, 2021.

Submission dates: Monday 1st August to 4pm Friday 19th August, 2022.

Contact details: Ollie Witton Ollie.witton@greydc.govt.nz or 03 768 5597

Further info: https://www.facebook.com/GreyDistrictLibrary/


CANTERBURY


CLOSED EVENT: Timaru Secondary Schools’ POETRY SLAM

Timaru’s top teenage talent battle it out for the title of Timaru Schools Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day POETRY SLAM champion 2022. $150 in prizes for the triumphant. Hosted by Timaru Boys’ High School.

Entry Details: Timaru Secondary Schools’ students only

Date/Times: Library VCR Room, Friday 26th August 1pm

Contact: furzeke@timaruboys.school.nz

Further Info: Timaru Boys’ High School Authorised Page Facebook Event


OTAGO


Bell Hill Apartments Poetry Competition

In conjunction with Phantom National Poetry Day 2022 we invite entries to our annual poetry competition. 2022 theme is the name of one of our heritage apartments:

“GAYNOR CLAYTON”

Winning poem $200

Entry details: Free entry. Poem to be 150 words maximum, submitted by PDF email, A4 page, double line spacing. Open to people residing in New Zealand. Submit one original entry only.

Information about Sarah Gaynor Clayton can be found online. The poem does not have to be strictly about her. All poems within the rules will be accepted. Entries will be blind judged by writer, poet, artist Colette O’Kane.

The Judge’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Please type poet name, email address, phone number, word count on same page - this information will not be part of poem word count.

Winning entry will be added to the Bell Hill Apartments Welcome Book with author acknowledged. Winning poem announced in the afternoon of 2022 National Poetry Day.

Submission Dates: Open from 1 July 2022 – closing 5pm, 29 July 2022. Submission by email only, please PDF before attaching.

Email entry to: fliss@newheritage.co

Further information: Instagram: bellhillapartments and newheritagenz twitter: @LiteratureAlive @NewHeritageNZ. Sponsored by www.bellhillapartments.co.nz and www.newheritage.co


National Poetry Day Celebration: What’s That Sound Poetry Competition

You’re invited to consider sounds and silences, to explore rhythm and space on the page. Tune into the world around you, from the natural world to the city where you live. Capture the sounds of our lives and submit your poems!

Entry Details: Free Entry. Open to all residents of Otago-Southland, defined as south of the Waitaki River. Open to all ages, and there are three age categories: 5 – 12; 13 – 18; 19+.

Submission Dates: 30th June-15th August

Contact: Phone 03 474 3690 | Email library@dcc.govt.nz

Further Info: Head to https://www.dunedinlibraries.govt.nz/whats-on/competitions/national-poetry-day-celebrations-whats-that-sound-poetry-competition for competition details and to enter.