New Voices Emerging Poets Competition 2018 now open

The Divine Muses invites entries for the 2018 New Voices Emerging Poets competition aimed at encouraging and promoting the rich diversity of New Zealand Poetry.

The competition is open only to writers considered ‘emerging’ i.e. have not published one or more books (fiction, poetry, nonfiction) with a New Zealand or overseas publisher, and is a current or former undergraduate (BA, Hons, BSc, BComm etc) or Masters student. 

Each entry must be the original work of the person submitting it; entries must not have been previously published (including on the internet), or broadcast, and must not be submitted elsewhere for any competition, or for publication in any form, until after the announcement of the results of this competition. The maximum length for each poem submitted is 50 lines. Entrants may submit a maximum of 2 unpublished poems.

This year's entries will be judged by poet and short story writer Elizabeth Morton. Elizabeth won first prize at NEW VOICES 2013. She has been published in both locally and internationally and had her work included in the Best Small Fictions 2016 anthology published by Queen's Ferry Press. 2015 she was shortlisted for the Kathleen Grattan Award and has twice come 2nd place in the Sunday Star Times Short Story Competition (2015, 2016).

Entries close 1 August 2018.

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