The 2018 WriteNow Poetry Competition for Dunedin Secondary School students will close at 5pm on Friday 27 July 2018. See the full Conditions of Entry here.
Results will be released on Monday 20 August 2018 (on this website)
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.
This year’s competition will be judged by Sue Wootton. Sue is a Dunedin poet, novelist and editor. She’s the author of five collections of poetry, the most recent of which, The Yield (Otago University Press), is currently shortlisted for the poetry prize in the 2018 Ockham New Zealand Book Awards. Her debut novel, Strip (Mākaro Press), was longlisted for the fiction prize in these premiere annual awards in 2017.
I’ll be looking for poems that strongly connect me to the poet’s vision about what it means to be alive, here and now, in Otepoti/Dunedin. I enjoy all kinds of poems on all sorts of topics, but I especially love poems which show that the poet understands the immense power of language – poems where the poet has delved deeply and respectfully into language itself, crafting its energies to make a poem that rings true, and keeps on getting truer with each reading.”
Read more about Sue on her website: suewootton.com
Junior (years 9-10)
- First prize: $100, and an invitation to read alongside established poets at Dunedin’s National Poetry Day event
- Second prize: $70
- Third prize: $30
Senior (years 11-13)
- First prize: $150, and an invitation to read alongside established poets at Dunedin’s National Poetry Day event
- Second prize: $100
- Third prize: $50
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).
AND… all placed poems will be eligible for publication as a ‘Parking Meter Poem‘ – a Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature initiative.