A list of the winners of the 2017 UNESCO Dunedin City of Literature poetry competition. Click the titles to read the full poems.

With sincere thanks to our judges, Elena Poletti and Craig Cliff.

Young Poets Category

Sponsored by the Dunedin Edinburgh Sister City Society

1st Place: Belle Williams, No More

Joint 2nd Place:  Fletcher Kopua, Weka; Angus Kopua, Falcon

3rd Place: Serena Cheng, When There Was a Bird

Unpublished Poets Category

Sponsored by the Dunedin Public Libraries Association (Friends of the Library)

1st Place: Peter Sutton, Address to the New Deil

2nd Place: Ella Robinson, She Kens

3rd Place: Victoria Stewart, Ode to Facebook

Published Poets Category

Sponsored by Royden and Lee Somerville and the Otago Scottish Heritage Council

1st Place: Jill O'Brien, Reply from the Lassies

2nd Place: Peter Matheson, The Birdie

3rd Place: Colin Gibson, A New Ballad in the Manner of Robbie Burns

Highly Commended: Beverly Martens, Wading Through Scottish Burns