We are seeking contributions to support the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize

The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize was established by Sarah's husband, Michael, and friends in memory of the poet and literary critic Sarah Broom (1972-2013) to support New Zealand poets.

For Sarah, as for many others, poetry was a means to live through experiences of joy and tragedy, and a means to articulate the deepest connections between the self, family, community, and the New Zealand landscape.

The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize is awarded annually to provide recognition and a financial contribution to support the work of a New Zealand poet. It aims to celebrate the role of poetry in the cultural life of New Zealanders, and to encourage and support its recipient in the completion of a full manuscript of original poetry.

How will the funds be used?

The Sarah Broom Poetry Prize will provide recognition for a New Zealand poet and a financial contribution to support their work.

The prize will be awarded annually, based on the submission of 6-8 poems (at least 5 unpublished), to encourage and support the recipient in the completion of a full manuscript of original poetry.

An esteemed judge from the literary scene will be selected each year to assess entries.

To make a donation

We value your support in helping us continue to award the prize on an ongoing basis.
Fundraising for the Poetry Prize is now underway and will determine the final amount awarded to the recipient. If you would like to contribute to the fund please make a donation with your credit card or internet banking via PayPal.

If you would like more information about donating please email


About the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust

The Sarah Broom Poetry Trust has been established to administer funds for the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize. It is charitable trust (Registration number CC49798) for the advancement of education and cultural engagement and is administered by its trustees.

A Isacc

Andru Isac is a barrister with Stout Street Chambers in Wellington specialising in commercial litigation and complex criminal and regulatory prosecutions. He has almost 20 years professional experience. Previously Andru has worked as a Crown prosecutor in New Zealand and has practiced in London as well lectured in law at the University of Cantebury. He has written scholalry papers and texts in a number of fields. Andur holds an LLB (Hons) as well as a BA (Drama) from the University of Canterbury and a BCL from Oxford

M Gleissner

Michael Gleissner a senior executive currently working for a leading global bottled water and beverage company. Prior to that he held senior roles at the New Zealand Superannaution Fund, was CFO of Sealord Group as well as senior executive roles at Fonterra Group. Michael is a trained and qualified lawyer in England and Wales as well as New Zealand having practiced in London, Singapore and New Zealand. He is also a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), holds an MBA and an LLB Honours. He is a member of the Insitute of Directors (MINstD).

Chris Humphreys is a co-founder of the Punakaiki Fund, a New Zealand based private equity fund investing in high-growth businesses with a focus on disruptive technology. Chris has a BSc and PGDIPCom (Finance) from the University of Otago and a BCom (Accounting, Finance and Information Systems) from the University of Canterbury. Chris is a CFA charterholder, a finance manager and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He has held Corporate Finance roles at PricewaterhouseCoopers and Pacific Fibre.

Sarah Ross is a Senior Lecturer in English at Victoria University of Wellington. She specialises in early contemporary modenr litareature, poetry, and woman’s writing. She has published Women, Poetry, and Politics in Seventheenth-Century Britain, (Oxford University Press, 2015) and she is the editor of Katherine Austen’s Book M (ACMRS, 2011) and the author of numerous articles on early modern women’s writing, poetry, and manuscript culture. Sarah holds a BA(Hons) Canterbury, MSt (Dinstinction) Oxford and a Dphil Oxford.


None of the trustees are being paid and all funds are used solely for the prize. If you would like more information about donating please email