New Zealand Poet Laureate Award
The award of Poet Laureate celebrates outstanding contributions to New Zealand poetry. For a two-year period, the Laureate is supported by the Alexander Turnbull Library to create new work and promote poetry throughout the country.
The Laureate is an accomplished and highly regarded poet who can speak on behalf of New Zealand poetry, and to its readers.
The Poet Laureate for 2015-2017 is C. K. Stead.
The value of the New Zealand Poet Laureate Award is $100,000 over the two-year period. The Laureate receives $80,000 (before tax), with the balance held by the Turnbull Library to cover the cost of the Laureate’s tokotoko, events, promotion and related activities.
Nominations are open!
We’re now inviting nominations for the 2017-2019 Poet Laureate. Visit the New Zealand Poet Laureate site for more information and the nomination form.
Nominations close Friday, 11 August 2017. The Library will name the next Poet Laureate on National Poetry Day, Friday 25 August.
Feature image by Julia Brooke-White.