Gobbledegook Children's Poetry Competition

Presented by the Ignition ChIldren's Festival www.ignitionkids.nz

Inspired by the delightful nonsense poetry of Joy Cowley, we challenge you to celebrate National Poetry Day by writing your own gobbledegook poem and make our judges laugh. Biggest laugh wins!

Awesome prizes for you and your school - 1st, 2nd and 3rd places.

Competition opens Friday 23rd August - open to all South Island primary/intermediate school children (years 1-8).

Pick up an entry form at your local Dunedin Public Library, University Book Shop Otago, from your school library or office, or
download and print the entry form.

You may also enter online.

Prizes sponsored by Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day and Ignition Children's Festival - a partnership between University Book Shop Otago and Dunedin Public Libraries.

Closing date: Midnight Monday 30th September 2019

Terms and Conditions

  • Competition open to South Island primary/intermediate school children only (years 1-8)
  • The closing date for entries is midnight (NZT) on Monday 30th September. Late entries cannot be accepted.
  • Entries must be the child's own work
  • No entries will be returned, so please retain a copy of the entry for your own records.
  • Only one entry per child.
  • Entries will be published in the Dunedin Public Libraries magazine, NB and may be selected for publication in Toitoi magazine, at the discretion of the Toitoi editors - by entering this competition you indicate that you accept that your entry may be published, and may also appear online via www.ignitionkids.nz or on the social media pages of Dunedin Public Libraries or Ignition Book Festival.
  • Entries will be judged anonymously by our panel of judges, and winners will be notified by 31st October.
  • Entries will also be put on public display during a two-week period in October for 'People's Choice judging by ballot. by entering this competition you indicate you accept that your work will be displayed publicly and that the general public will be permitted to vote for your entry.
  • The finalists' entries will be placed on public display at the Information Centre at the Dunedin Botanic Garden during the Ignition Children's Book Festival, and until the end of January 2020. By entering this competition, you accept that your entry will be displayed publicly at the Garden if you are selected as a finalist by the judging panel.
  • The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the judges' selection of winners.
  • Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries for both the poets and their schools.
  • Certificates will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place entries, as well as highly-commended entries at the judges' discretion.
  • Winners will be announced during the Ignition Children's Book Festival 2019 at a public prizegiving event at the Dunedin Botanic Garden, 3pm on Saturday 9th November. Winners will be invited to attend to collect their prizes.
  • Prizes include cash prizes for the winners and book prizes for their schools.