Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Given Words for National Poetry Day 2018

Watch this space for the next edition of Given Words for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day in New Zealand 2018. On 1 August we will publish here our selected five words which you have to weave into a poem and send to us by the end of National Poetry Day 24 August.

We will be awarding a prize for the Best Poem and a prize for the Best Poem by Under-16s. The winner of Best Poem will receive a copy of the New Zealand Poetry Yearbook 2018, courtesy of Massey University Press and the winner of the Under-16 category will receive a copy of Slice of Heaven by Des O'Leary courtesy of Mākaro Press. In addition the winning poems will be translated into Spanish and published on the Spanish version of the project Palabras Prestadas.

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In the meantime you can enjoy the poems from last year in the previous posts.

[Thank you to the Spanish artist Fermín García Sevilla for permission to use his painting in the poster above.]