New Poetry Competition With Prizes

Kapiti Independent News this week launches its third big poetry competition, with a prize worth more than $75 .

Poets have until the end of November to enter one unpublished poem of up to 20 lines.

The Editor, Alan Tristram, says the first two competitions have already uncovered an amazing variety of talent.

Speaking at the monthly ‘Poets to the People’ hui, he said the Kāpiti Coast is fast becoming NZ’s own Poetry Coast.’

And the Hightide Cafe, home to the Poets to the People gatherings, is becoming the Poetry Cafe bar none.

He thanks Coastlands PaperPlus, who contribute a ‘Book of the Month’ to the total prize, and Gill Ward who has worked assiduously to get the project off the ground.

( The rules are set out at the bottom of this story)



Contest Rules

  • Poems should be short (no more than 20 lines) and be previously unpublished.


  • Poets from the Kapiti Coast and Horowhenua are eligible.


  • The winning poems — and some of the runners-up from time to time —  will be published in KIN.


  • The winner will be selected by our in-house literary panel of three.


Poems should be on an attachment. But do not put your name on your poem. This ensures judges do not know whose poem they are judging.


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