Poetry Competition

Enter for a place in Manawatu Writers’ Festival poetry chapbook – a collection of poems highlighting original work by selected Manawatū poets, on the theme of Stopping in Manawatu.

Out of interest – Our Manawatu district is made up of alluvial plains, terraces rimmed by high ridges and threaded with rivers and creeks. The main artery is the Manawatū River. According to legend, Haunui, the great-grandson of the explorer Kupe, named the river Manawatū, during a frantic journey to track down his errant wife. When the width and depth of this river intercepted his mission, Haunui named it Mana-watū – describing the stopping of his breath, or spirit. Some references translate Manawatū as conveying a degree of depression at his being forced to halt, while he found another route south.


Category: Entrants must be over 18 as the finalists get to read their poem at the Poetry Night held at Murray's Irish Bar in Feilding. Poems can be in English or Te Reo Māori.

Closes: Entries must be received by the library by Tuesday 20th June 2017

Entry form: Download an order form here!