OUSA Poetry Competition ~ Semester TWO

OUSA Poetry Competition ~ Semester TWO

Fancy yourself as a bit of a wordsmith? Feel the need to unleash the inner, or outer poet in you. Then get those creative juices dripping, and wax lyrical. Or simply go mad in this semester’s poetry competition. The theme? There is none. So the possibilities are endless, timeless, ageless, perpetual, everlasting, enduring and without end. So collect your thoughts and get writing.


This isn't the Nobel Prize in Literature or even the Montreal International Poetry Competition. We won't be publishing entries in The New Yorker, or getting Sam Hunt into judge the competition. We will try to get winning entries published in the Critic, but no promises. And we don't tend to communicate with you, or give feedback. Sorry, it's just not that sort of comp. So if any of the above isn't for you, then best to steer clear.

This one is for fun. No theme, or criteria, just send us your best 3 in and someone is going to win both the bragging rights and $100. Enjoy.



Submissions will be taken from 1st August -  31st August, 2018.

Simply click button at bottom of page to access entry form.

There is a limit of 3 entries per person.


Free (and restricted to) Otago University, Otago Polytech, and Otago Language Students.


Prize money:

$100 first place, $50 second place and $25 third place. Prizes are awarded via electronic transfer. This may take up to two weeks.

Terms and Conditions:

Copyright remains with the author  The poem must be the work of the submitter. It must not have been published elsewhere including self-published or published on a website.  Poems will be judged anonymously. The judges' decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.  Entrants agree to have their images and names published on the OUSA website, Facebook page/s, Critic, Get a Taste booklet, Art week displays, Recreation Centre Bollards or any other OUSA media avenues.  OUSA reserves the right to remove any entries from the competition.


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