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Poetry Competition

In conjunction with Montana Poetry Day nzoom are running their very own poetry competition. It's really simple to enter. All you have to do is send us in a self-written poem (one per person) that is no longer than 200 words on anything you want as long as it is free of smut or other gross obscenities.

The winner will receive copies of this years finalists for the poetry category at the 2002 Montana New Zealand Book Awards: The Pastoral Kitchen by Anna Jackson, Piggy-back Moon by Hone Tuwhare and Taking off by Brian Turner. They've also thrown in Essential New Zealand Poems edited by Bill Sewell and the late Lauris Edmond. Penguin have kindly donated us the Book of New Zealand Verse, Electric Light by Seamus Heaney and the Puffin Book of Utterly Brilliant Poetry. Auckland University Press has thrown in Bob Orr's new collection Valparaiso, Snowing Down South by Janet Charman and AUP New Poets 2.

The winner will also have their poem posted on the website on Montana Poetry Day, July 12, 2002. Their poem will also be read out on nzooms online entertainment show, ENTER.

So get composing as the competition closes Monday July 8.

Conditions of entry

1. Published poets are restricted from entering.
2. TVNZ employees and their families are restricted from entering.
3. nzoom reserves the right to disregard any entries it deems as being unsuitable.
4. People residing in New Zealand may only enter.

Send your entries, with your name, phone number and postal address to