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You like to remember the sweetest days when you were a contender
that time you kissed the Japanese parasol with the slender bamboo spine

~ from 'Broken Umbrella' by Lucia, Year 9, 
Winner (Secondary), Poetry Object 2019


The following prize categories will be awarded for Poetry Object New Zealand in 2020:

Winner (Primary, Secondary, Teacher)

  • Mentoring session with judge Tayi Tibble
  • Winner's certificate and judging commendations
  • Poem published by Red Room Poetry
  • 1-year subscription to Kookie Magazine (Teachers only)


Highly Commended (Primary, Secondary, Teacher)

  • Poem published by Red Room Poetry



All prize-winning poems, along with a shortlist of competition entries, will be published in our digital library, home to over 15,000 Poetry Object poems to date! 



In 2020, we're elated to welcome poet Tayi Tibble, teacher Nicole Titihuia Hawkins and student Manaia Tuwhare-Hoani as judges of Poetry Object New Zealand 2020 competition.


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