National Poetry Day Celebrations: Shape Poetry Competition

Concrete Poetry

The 2021 National Poetry Day celebrations in Ōtepoti Dunedin include a shape poetry competition!

Submit a poem where the words form a shape that conveys the precise meaning of the poem, or hints at it.

We welcome all kinds of visual interpretations of poetry, and the competition is open to all ages.

Each poem should be no more than a page; the shape of your poem must fit into an A4 layout.

Judges are Carolyn McCurdie and Robyn Maree Pickens.

Submissions open:  Tuesday 8th June and the competition closes: Friday 16th July 2021


How to submit: Register and submit your poem online

  • Note: One poem per person.
  • Please make sure your poem does not contain your name on the page, as this competition will be judged blind.
  • All ages welcome!

Finalists will be announced on 1st August 2021.

Winners will be announced, and their poetry presented, at the National Poetry Day event on Friday 27th August at Dunedin City Library.

Unleash the power of poetry