National Poetry Day 2019

National Poetry Day was established in 1997. A one-day national poetry event extravaganza, it is held on the fourth Friday of August each year. In 2019, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day will take place nationwide on 23 August.

This year, Hamilton City Libraries are hosting the Kirikiriroa Poetry Competition and the Kirikiriroa Slam event.

Kirikiriroa Poetry Competition

Hamilton City Libraries, Poets Alive, and Poppies Hamilton are celebrating Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2019 with a poetry competition.

Have your poem published online and be in to win a prize and the glory.  

Winners will be announced on Tuesday 20 August 2019 and invited to read their winning entries at the Kirikiriroa Slam on Billstickers National Poetry Day on Friday 23 August.

This is an opportunity to share your poetry with a live audience. The competition is judged by nationally and internationally published poets Vaughan Rapatahana, Elaine Riddell and Mere Taito.

How to enter:

Two poem entries per person.

Open subject.

Poem length-maximum of 30 lines.

Open to all Waikato residents.

Submissions to include your name, email address and contact phone number, residential address, and date of birth if you are entering the junior or young adult categories.

Submit your poems and contact details to

Entries close end of Monday 12 August 2019.

Winners announced Tuesday 20 August 2019.

Judges are Vaughan Rapatahana - Adult category (aged 18 years and older); Elaine Riddell - Junior category (5 to 12 years of age); and Mere Taito - Young Adult category (13 to 17 years of age).

The winning poems will be published on our website and Facebook page.