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The prize will be awarded annually, based on the submission of 6-8 poems (at least 5 unpublished), to encourage and support the recipient in the completion of a full manuscript of original poetry.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

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).

P Green

Paula Green has published nine poetry collections, edited several poetry anthologies and runs two blogs (NZ Poetry Shelf and NZ Poetry Box). In 2019 Massey University Press are publishing her new book, Wild Honey: Reading New Zealand Women’s Poetry. In 2018 she was admitted to the NZ Order of Merit for Services to Poetry and Literature and received The Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry. Her new poetry collection, The Track, will be published by Seraph Press in July.

S Rose

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.

G Fahey

Greg Fahey is a senior communications professional with over 30-year’s experience in global business PR consultancy, SweeneyVesty. His early career was in the arts and entertainment industries, as a producer, marketer and artist manager. He worked across a wide range of creative disciplines from opera and orchestra, through emerging popular recording artists, theatre and contemporary dance. Greg maintains a strong interest in the arts with a long history of working in governance roles for NZ arts organisations. He is currently Chair of theatre company Nightsong, and a trustee of Silo Theatre.


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