The National Schools Poetry Award in New Zealand

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The National Schools Poetry Award in New Zealand

The International Institute of Modern Letters, Victoria University of Wellington is glad to announce its annual Schools Poetry Award. The competition is open to all students who are currently enrolled in New Zealand secondary school or verified home-schooling equivalent.

The competition will award up to $500 cash prize to first winner, $500 book grant for the winner’s school library, and runner-up will receive a $100 cash prize.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Entrants must be Year 12 or 13 of age
  • Entrants must students who are currently enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school or verified home-schooling equivalent.

How to Apply:

To submit your entry, please fill out the form and upload your poem through the given link: http://www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz/enter-competition/

To enter on paper, download an entry form, or contact the IIML to have one sent to you.

  • Mail the form, along with your poem, to the Schools Poetry Award postal address at National Schools Poetry Award, IIML, Victoria University, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140

Rules:

  • The writer’s name should only appear on the entry form – not on the poem itself.
  • Copyright remains with the individual writers. The International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) reserves the right to publish the prize-winning entries without further payment.
  • Posted entries must not be stapled.
  • All entries must be accompanied by an official entry form (original or photocopy). Additional entry forms can be downloaded above.
  • Post the form, along with your poem, to the Schools Poetry Award postal address below. Please allow enough time for your entry to arrive by the deadline.
  • The poem should be no longer than 30 lines and in printed or typewritten form. Handwritten entries will not be read.
  • The poem may be on any subject. It must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant and must not have been submitted for other publications or competitions.

Other Benefits:

Ten talented poets will win cash and prizes for their poems, plus an invitation to attend an exclusive masterclass with leading New Zealand poets at Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters on 25 August 2018.

First prize

  • A $500 cash prize for the winner.
  • A $500 book grant for the winner’s school library
  • Get a chance to attend a one-day poetry master class at the International Institute of Modern Letters on Saturday 25 August 2018, including flights and one night’s accommodation at the Bolton Hotel for students outside the Greater Wellington region
  • A year’s membership of the New Zealand Book Council
  • A year’s membership of the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA)
  • A year’s subscription to two leading New Zealand literary journals; Sport and Landfall
  • The Exercise Book, donated by Victoria University Press.

Runner-up prize

  • A $100 cash prize
  • An invitation to attend a one-day poetry master class at the International Institute of Modern Letters on Saturday 25 August 2018, including flights and one night’s accommodation at the Bolton Hotel for students outside the Greater Wellington region
  • A year’s membership of the New Zealand Book Council
  • A year’s subscription to Sport, one of New Zealand’s leading literary journals.
  • The Exercise Book, donated by Victoria University Press.

Application Deadline:

The entry deadline for the 2018 National Schools Poetry Award is 2 July 2018. The winner and finalists will be announced on National Poetry Day, 24 August.

Original Website

For further information and entry forms visit at email: poetryawards@vuw.ac.nz or telephone: (04) 463 6854

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