Entries for Sarah Broom Poetry Prize 2017 are now open and close 2 March

Now in its fourth year, we are please to be again part of the Auckland Writers Festival and working together with the Auckland Writers Festival to showcase and celebrate New Zealand poetry. The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize will be announced at the Auckland Writers Festival in May 2017. Shortlisted poets will be invited to read their poetry at a dedicated poetry event at the Festival, where the winner will be announced.

The judge for the 2017 prize will be Carol Ann Duffy. Duffy is Britain’s Poet Laureate and is the first woman in the role’s 400 year history. She is one of the most significant names in contemporary poetry and the author of books for children, plays and many celebrated poetry collections including Mean Time (1993), which won the Whitbread Poetry Award and the Forward Poetry Prize, The World’s Wife (1999), Love Poems (2010) and The Bees (2011). She has been awarded numerous awards and prizes for her work inlcluding the T.S Eliot Poetry Prize. Duffy lives in Manchester, U.K., and is the Creative Director of the Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.


The prize is awarded on the basis of an original collection of poems by a New Zealand resident or citizen. Entries will be accepted from 6 February 2017 until 2 March 2017. Poets are required to submit six to eight poems, of which at least five must be unpublished. The recipient of the prize will be announced in May 2017 at the Auckland Writers Festival.

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  1. Poets are required to submit six to eight poems of which at least five must be unpublished.
  2. There is no maximum or minimum length – formatting and font size is your choice.
  3. Entrants must be New Zealand permanent residents or citizens.
  4. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  5. Entries must be the author’s original work. Any use of quotation must be acknowledged by attribution to its source.
  6. Entries must be submitted as one electronic file per entrant, as an email attachment in Word or PDF format. No identifying details should be present in this poetry portfolio.
  7. Your entry should also include a covering email with a brief personal statement, an indication of how you would use the award money, and contact details. These covering details are not provided to the guest judge.
  8. The judge will assess the merits of submissions, and the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust reserves the right not to award a prize.
  9. The prize recipient will be announced at the Auckland Writers Festival in May 2016 and in other appropriate publications.
  10. No correspondence with the judge will be entered into.
  11. The name and photograph of the prize recipient may be used by the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust for publicity purposes.