Poetry New Zealand accepts poetry on any theme, and in any style. Make sure your poems are typed, and appropriately edited. Please also provide a brief bio-note. We do not wish to receive more than five poems in any one submission. They should be previously unpublished.

As for essays, we are eager to see anything related to poetry and poetics. Once again, make sure that your work is typed and thoroughly edited. Essays should not be more than 5000 words in length. Again, we require a brief bio-note to speed up the process of correspondence.

All writers published in Poetry New Zealand receive a free copy of the issue in which their work appears. For this reason, we would also ask you to include a current postal address with your submission.

Please submit work for our single annual issue only between the dates of 1st May and 31st July each year. The reason for this policy is to avoid a long wait before your work is accepted or rejected. You should hear back from us within, at most, three months of the date of submission.

Submit electronically to the following email address: (you can paste your submission into the body of the email or include it as an MSWord file attachment). This is our preferred option.

You can, however, also submit by post, to the following address:

Dr Tracey Slaughter
English Programme
School of Arts
Waikato University
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton 3240

(Please remember to include a stamped, self-addressed envelope, and include an email address – or at least a phone number – in your covering letter).

Good luck, and thank you for submitting to Poetry New Zealand. Please note that we may take up to three months to respond. It is not our policy to send receipts for each submission, so please do not enquire regarding yours before then.
NB: We do not accept simultaneous submissions, so please make sure in advance of sending it that the work you’ve submitted really is available for publication.