How to enter

The National Schools Poetry Award is on again in 2022. Entry deadline 11 July.

The 2022  Award is now open for entries in English or te reo Māori.

Information is sent to all eligible schools in March in each year the Award is held. If your school has not received an Awards information pack from us by late March and would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact the IIML.

During the entry period, the following rules apply:

  • Entrants must be Year 12 or 13 students currently enrolled in a New Zealand secondary school, or verified home-schooling equivalent;
  • Only one poem per student may be submitted;
  • The poem may be on any subject. It must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant and must not have been submitted for other publications or competitions;
  • Click on the 'Enter online here' button above or go to www.schoolspoetryaward.co.nz, fill in the online entry form and upload your poem;
  • The writer’s name should only appear on the entry form – not on the poem itself;
  • Entries must be received by midnight on 11 July.
  • Copyright remains with the individual writers. The International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML) reserves the right to publish the prize-winning entries without further payment;
  • The winner and shortlisted poets will be announced on National Poetry Day, 26 August.

For more information, email poetryawards@vuw.ac.nz or telephone: +64-4-463 6854.