Poetry competition guidelines and conditions of entry
- We have chosen the word “together” as a starting point for this year’s poem. The poem can be written in any form.
- Poets are invited to freely interpret this theme.
- This competition is free and open to all users of the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries.
- Employees of Kāpiti Coast District Libraries are not eligible to enter.
- Each poem should be authored by a single person.
- Each poem must be an original work, unpublished and not already accepted for publication.
- Copyright of poem submitted will remain with the author, but Kāpiti Coast District Libraries reserve the right to publish any entry in an e-book, print or on the library website and Facebook page.
- Each person can submit one poem in the competition.
- The poem should not exceed 10 lines and a title is optional.
- The competition opens on 1 June 2019 and closes at 5pm on 30 June 2019.
- Entries are submitted online through the Kāpiti Coast District Libraries website. Handwritten entries will not be accepted.
- All submitters will receive confirmation of receipt of their entry by email. The parent/guardian of children who enter will receive an email notification that their child has entered the competition.
- Once entered, poems cannot be withdrawn from the competition.
- Alterations cannot be made to poems once entered.
- Entries will not be returned.
- Poem must not contain offensive or derogatory language.
- A panel of judges will determine the winners based on theme, creativity, clarity, style, form and meaning.
- All entries will be judged anonymously. The entrant’s name must not appear on the poem itself.
- The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries in the following categories: children aged 6-12 years; teens aged 13-18 years; adults aged 19+ years.
- Entries into the competition can be in English or Te Reo Māori.
- Winners will be announced on Friday 23 August 2019 at the Open Mic Night noted below.
- The submission of your poem will be taken as indicating acceptance of the above conditions.
Open Mic Night
- Join us to celebrate National Poetry Day on Friday 23 August 2019 at Paraparaumu Library from 5.30 – 6.30pm.
- We will mark the day with an open mic session, where anyone is welcome to read their poem to a live audience, and hear poems read aloud from other poets.
- This will be followed by an announcement of the poetry competition prize winners, and presentation of prizes. The winning poems will be read aloud also.
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