And the 2013 winners are

Ringing out the news

Emma Neale is not only a magician with words but also with time. In one of her emails she indicated she wouldn’t be able to start reading the entries until late March/early April because of work commitments. And today Emma emailed me the results – it’s not even late March! She has read 385 poems, sorted, wondered, pondered, decided and then written a competition report. Sincere thanks to Emma for her magnificent support of Poems in the Waiting Room.

The winners have all been notified and their prizes are in the post. Many thanks to: Booksellers NZ, Otago University Bookshop and Dunedin’s community newspaper,  the Star for providing book vouchers as prizes for our 2013 competition.

The winning poems will appear in the winter edition of the Poems in the Waiting Room poetry card. I intend spending the weekend going through all submissions and selecting any which might be suitable for a future PitWR edition. I’ll be in touch with those poets early next week.  Emma’s comprehensive report on the competition can be read on her blog –

And now the results:
Booksellers NZ First Prize: ‘Doctor X and I discuss chest pain’ by Peter McCoy from Nelson
Booksellers NZ Second Prize: ‘Zoo Flamingos’ by Stephanie Mayne from Auckland
Otago University Bookshop Third Prize: ‘The youngest cabbage tree’ by Jan Hutchison, Christchurch
The Star Best unplaced Dunedin poem: ‘Country School 1946’ by  Joan Anderson

Many thanks to everyone who entered the competition. Your support will help Poems in the Waiting Room continue to provide free seasonal poetry cards to medical waiting rooms, rest homes, prisons and hospices.

Regards,  Ruth

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