Matariki: Reach for the Stars

Poetry Competition



Winners' announcement


Highly Commended poems


Check back soon for details of our Keep It Real Memoir competition!


Write On - Competition Submission Guidelines, Terms and Conditions


Please read the, competition guidelines, terms and conditions below.


  • All submissions must be via our online form using the ENTER NOW button above.

  • Please take a moment to check your writing- is it your very best work?

  • Have you kept at or under the word limit if there is one ( not counting title)?

  • Ask a teacher or parent to read it over and give you some feedback.

  • Please format your work in size 12, Times New Roman, black.

  • No pictures or illustrations please - let your wonderful writing create the pictures.

  • Please make sure the title of your entry is at the top of your page.

  • All entries will be judged blind, so please do not include your name or school on your entry.

  • Work can be entered as .doc or .pdf files only.

  • Please make sure you pay your entry fee - $5.00 per individual entry, or $25.00 for each six entries from a school. This goes towards paying the judges and some of the prize money. We are a charitable organisation. 

  • No simultaneous submissions - please don’t send your story to another publication or competition until after November 20, 2021

  • If you are selected as a winner we may make small edits prior to publication. 

Closing date: 22nd Oct , 2021


Winning entries will be published in Write On: Issue 57: Keep It Real, December 2021. Winners will be contacted early November, 2021.


No correspondence will be entered in to. The judges’ decision is final.