PitWR 2020 poetry competition

002 (2)Take a seat and read all the entry conditions below. Apologies for such a long scroll but hopefully the information will answer any questions you may have.

Conditions of Entry:

Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these Conditions of Entry. By entering the “Poems in the Waiting Room 2020 Poetry Competition” (“the Competition”), entrants agree to be bound by these Conditions of Entry.

  • The Competition is open to New Zealand residents only.
  • The Competition commences on November 1 2019 and closes at 5pm on 29 February 2020.
  • The maximum length for each poem submitted is 25 lines (excluding title).
  • Each entry must be the original work of the person submitting it, and may not have been previously published, broadcast, awarded any prize or payment or submitted elsewhere until after the announcement of the results of the Competition.
  • Poems may be on any subject or theme. The poems must be easily accessible, and not make great demands. Poems with political, religious, medical or morbid overtones will not be successful.
  •  Poems may be either neatly hand-written or typed on A4 paper.
  •  All entries will be judged anonymously. The entrant’s name must not appear on the poem itself.
  • Each entry must be accompanied by – a sheet of paper detailing the title/s of the poem/s, the entrant’s name, address, contact number and email address.
  • The entry fee is $5.00 for each poem. Payment may be made to any branch of the BNZ to the credit of Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) a/c no. 02-0912-0102691-00, giving your name as the payer reference; or by cheque made out to ‘Poems in the Waiting Room NZ’, or in cash. Entry fees will be used to assist with ongoing funding so we can maintain our distribution area.
  • To enter the Competition, entrants should send one copy of each poem to Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ), 19 Hunt Street, Andersons Bay, Dunedin 9013.
  •  All entries must be received no later than 5pm on 29 February 2020 otherwise the entry will not be accepted. PitWR (NZ) takes no responsibility for lost, damaged, misdirected, late, illegible or incomplete entries. Entries submitted electronically will not be accepted.
  • Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems once entered.
  • The judge’s decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Entrants must ensure that they keep a copy of their poem as poems cannot be returned and for administrative reasons entries cannot be acknowledged.
  • The copyright of each poem remains with the author.
  • The prize winners will be announced in April 2020 on PitWR (NZ)’s blog (waitingroompoems.wordpress.com) . Unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • By accepting a prize, winners consent to PitWR (NZ) using his/her details and photographs for promotional and media publicity purposes.
  • Winning poems may not appear in any other publication or website until after their publication in the PitWR(NZ) winter edition.
  • All entries received will be considered for publication in PitWR (NZ)’s English and Braille seasonal editions.
  • PitWR (NZ) reserves the right to cancel or amend the Competition or these Conditions of Entry at any time without prior notice. Any changes will be posted on PitWR (NZ)’s blog (waitingroompoems.wordpress.com). In the event of the Competition being cancelled all entry fees will be refunded.
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Pocket Poetry NZ


Have you come across a Pocket Poem yet?

Pocket Poetry is the Poems in the Waiting Room (NZ) 2019/20 boutique poetry project.

We pop snippets of poems with accompanying photos/artwork on business sized cards.  A selection of these cards are displayed in business card holders on counters in several cafes and businesses around Dunedin.

They’re free!

Old Friends

We can’t help ourselves – we love sharing great poems!

Look out for them at: Roslyn Pharmacy, Urgent Pharmacy, Musselburgh Pharmacy, Resene Colorshop, Tuppence Cafe, Blacks Rd Grocers, Bloomin Gorgeous, Your Pro Chef, Dog with Two Tails, Trade Aid, Scribes, Taste Nature, Watsons Eatery, Morning Magpie, Mercy Cafe and Reception, Adjo cafe, Side-on cafe, The Kind Grocer and Project Wellness.

The place to be

Robert K Johnson – poet. Anne Bannock – artist

You’re welcome to pick one up to read, enjoy and pocket. 

New poems will appear on a regular basis.


Kath Beattie – poet. Anne Bannock – artist


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Spring 2019

Welcome to our Spring 2019 poetry card.

This edition’s poets are; Laura Mucha, Lois Parker Edstrom, Elena de Roo, Janice Marriott, Sandra Simpson, Barbara Crooker, Gayle Brandeis, Glenn Colquhoun, Robert Creeley and Donald McDonald.

These cards can be found at medical centres, rest homes, prisons, and hospices. They are free, so never hesitate to pick one up to take home for keeps or pass on to a friend.



Spring Poetry Cards


Contracted Braille

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National Poetry Day, August 23

AND we are celebrating.

Every patient at Mercy Hospital will receive one of 9 poARTry postcards and a Poems in the Waiting Room leaflet with their lunchtime meal.

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Every Southern DHB patient will receive a sheet of poetry on their lunch time meal tray.  Sincere thanks to the all the poets who loaned us their poems/haiku.


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PoARTry at Mercy


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Another National Poetry Day event

We’re also celebrating National Poetry Day on August 23 by providing all patients at Dunedin’s Mercy Hospital, with a poetry postcard on their lunch time meal tray. We selected 10 poems, offered them to 10 artists and their response to their chosen poem will be featured on the reverse side of 10 poARTry cards. The original artworks will be on display and for sale at Mercy.


Love in the Early Winter

I open the window
and breathe in so much air
that the rest of the world pauses
through lack of oxygen.
I am gulping in the serenity
of early winter in the morning.
There’s no bustle of breeze
so the grasses are still,
and the water race is duty bound
to reflect a frame of land.
This is the best season for light,
which flings itself
in acrobatic angles on whatever
takes its fancy.

The view spreads
up the valley and waits
by the hills.

Poet – Jenny Powell   Artist – Anna Reid   when there’s no need for words, but you want to stay in touch, send a PoARTry card.  waitingroompoems.wordpress,com


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Looking ahead – National Poetry Day August 23

We’re celebrating National Poetry Day on August 23 by teaming up with Southern DHB to provide poetry cards on the lunch time meal trays for all inpatients. Just because you’re not out and about doesn’t mean you should miss out on this celebration.

All will be revealed on August 23 – meanwhile here’s last year’s card.


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