Entries open on 19 February and close on 11 March 2018

Now in its fifth year, we are pleased to again showcase and celebrate New Zealand poetry during Auckland Writers Festival week in May 2018. Shortlisted poets will read from their work at a dedicated poetry event hosted by the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust where the winner will be announced.

The judge for the 2018 prize will be Eileen Myles. Myles is an American poet and writer who has produced more than twenty volumes of poetry, fiction and other works. Their poetry collections includes I Must Be Living Twice (selected poems) and Not Me, and they are the author of Inferno, a novel detailing the hell of the life of the female poet. Myles has been awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction, four Lambda Book Awards, and numerous other awards and fellowships. Fellow novelist Dennis Cooper has described Myles as “one of the savviest and most restless intellects in contemporary literature”.

For more information about the Auckland Writers Festival, which will be held from 15 – 20 May 2018, visit


The prize is awarded on the basis of an original collection of poems by a New Zealand resident or citizen. Entries will be accepted from from 19 February 2018 until 11 March 2018. Poets are required to submit six to eight poems, of which at least five must be unpublished. The recipient of the prize will be announced in May 2018 during Auckland Writers Festival week. Shortlisted poets will be invited to attend a dedicated event and read from their work.

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  1. Poets are required to submit six to eight poems of which at least five must be unpublished.
  2. There is no maximum or minimum length – formatting and font size is your choice.
  3. Entrants must be New Zealand permanent residents or citizens.
  4. Only one entry per person will be accepted.
  5. Entries must be the author’s original work. Any use of quotation must be acknowledged by attribution to its source.
  6. Entries must be submitted as one electronic file per entrant, as an email attachment in Word or PDF format. No identifying details should be present in this poetry portfolio.
  7. Your entry should also include a covering email with a brief personal statement, an indication of how you would use the award money, and contact details. These covering details are not provided to the guest judge.
  8. The judge will assess the merits of submissions, and the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust reserves the right not to award a prize.
  9. The prize recipient will be announced at the Auckland Writers Festival in May 2018 and in other appropriate publications.
  10. It is expected that entrants would be able to travel to Auckland, if shortlisted, for the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize event which will likely be on either Saturday 19 May or Sunday 20 May 2018. Times and details will be announced on this website.
  11. No correspondence with the judge will be entered into.
  12. The name and photograph of the prize recipient may be used by the Sarah Broom Poetry Trust for publicity purposes.