Shape Poetry Terms and Conditions

The 2021 National Poetry Day Shape Poetry Competition runs from Tuesday 8th June – Friday 16 July 2021 inclusive. The competition is presented by Dunedin Public Libraries in partnership with the Otago-Southland branch of the New Zealand Society of Authors and the Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature.

Entry is open to all residents of Otago-Southland, defined as south of the Waitaki River.

Entries close at 5pm on Friday 16 July 2021.

Late entries will not be entered into the competition.

All entries must be typed.

Poems must fit within an A4 piece of paper when printed.

All poems must be original to the person on the entry form and unpublished (the poem has not previously been published for payment or published as a winning entry in a previous competition). We will, however, accept entries that have previously been submitted to other competitions provided they have not been awarded a prize or been published.

Entries will be judged anonymously by the selected panel.

The decision of the judges is final.

Winning entrants will be selected and informed by Sunday 1st August 2021.

Entries are open to all ages, and there are three age categories: 5-10; 11-16; 16+

Entrants are responsible for selecting their appropriate category.

First, Second and Third Prize winners will be selected from each category.

Winners will be publicly announced and prizes presented at our Phantom National Poetry Day Poetry Cabaret event on Friday 27th August 2021 between 6pm and 8pm, at the Dunedin City Library. First place winners will be invited to read their poem at the Poetry Cabaret on collection of their prize, or may choose for their poem to be read on their behalf.

Winning entrants will not be funded for travel or accommodation to attend the official prize-giving. However, they will be provided with free tickets to the event as part of their prize pack.

If unable to attend, arrangements will be made for winning prizes to be collected by, or delivered to, the winner.

Prize winning poems will be published in the Dunedin Public Libraries' e-magazine NB, and on the Dunedin Public Libraries website.

A copy of all entries will be retained by the Dunedin Public Libraries, unless an entrant requests otherwise.

Entries will not be returned.