Announcing the winners of the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook Student Poetry Competition


We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook Student Poetry Competition.

Year 11 category winners:

1st: ‘275 Love Letters to Southside’ by Aigagalefili Fepulea‘i-Tapua‘i, Aorere College
2nd: ‘Madras’ by E Wen WongBurnside High School
3rd: ‘An Acrostic Poem About Money’ by Leila Barber, Samuel Marsden Collegiate School
4th: ‘Just Passing Through’ by Sophie Newton, Glendowie College    

Year 12 category winners:

1st: ‘Earth is a Star to Someone’ by Kathryn Briggs, Baradene College of the Sacred Heart
2nd: ‘a thank you letter to my therapist’ by Fiona HoangAuckland International College
3rd: ‘Empty Boxes’ by Sophie Mance, Wellington High School
4th: ‘My Cotton Skin’ by Jessica Tibbs, Motueka High School

Year 13 category winners:

1st: ‘Snake’s Tongue’ by Amberleigh Rose, Kuranui College
2nd: ‘To the boy who will eventually fall in love with me’ by Katriana TaufaleleMcAuley High School
3rd: ‘Untitled’ by Phillip Toriente, Dilworth School
4th: ‘Unfinished Poems’ by Mele Toleafoa, McAuley High School

To read all the winning entries, click here.

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone who entered!

The first-prize winners in each category will be published in next year’s edition of Poetry New Zealand Yearbook, publishing in March 2019.