National Poetry Day: Shape Poetry Competition

8 June - 16 July 2021

The 2021 National Poetry Day celebrations in Ōtepoti Dunedin include a shape poetry competition!

Submit a poem where the words form a shape that conveys the precise meaning of the poem, or hints at it. We welcome all kinds of visual interpretations of poetry, and the competition is open to all ages.

You may submit only one poem, and your poem should be no more than a page; the shape of your poem must fit into an A4 layout. Please make sure your poem does not contain your name on the page, as this competition will be judged blind.

Judges are Carolyn McCurdie and Robyn Maree Pickens.

Enter online at  

Competition closes: Friday 16th July 2021

Finalists will be announced on 1st August 2021.

Winners will be announced, and their poetry presented, at the National Poetry Day event on Friday 27th August at Dunedin City Library.


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