Matariki: Reach for the Stars

Poetry Competition

The next issue of Write On is due out during Matariki 2021 so it’s time to explore the stars, constellations, galaxies, nebula and all things outer space.


Put your ideas together in a poem that sparkles with sensory detail and surprises.

Deadline:  Friday 14th may 2021

YEARS 9-10 Two winners will receive a $50 Scorpio Books voucher

YEARS 7-8 Two winners will receive a $30 Scorpio Books voucher

YEARS 4-6 Two winners will receive a $20 Scorpio Books voucher

Many thanks to Scorpio Books for their generosity in assisting with the prizes for this competition.

Submit your work and make payment of $5 per entry, or $25 for six entries from a school - by following the directions below.

The winning poems will be published in Write On Issue 56: Out of this World, July 2021

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 May 30, 2021

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

Closing date: May 14th, 2021


Winning entries will be published in Write On: Issue 56: Out of this World, July 2021. Winners will be contacted late May 2021.


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