For poems written by any young poet aged 11-17. Each year 100 winners (85 Commendations and 15 Overall Winners) are selected by a team of high profile judges. The closing date is Midnight, GMT on 31 July 2015.
The purpose of this contest is to encourage amateur and semi-professional writers to reach the next level of proficiency. A qualifying story must have strong science fiction or fantasy elements and must be shorter than 7,500 words - see the website for the full terms and conditions.
The competition is open to all students attending New Zealand schools. Entrants are asked to prepare a poster or written account of the story of an ancestor, relative, or someone personally known to them who served in the armed forces at home or overseas.
Takahe alternates between poetry and short story competitions each year. The Takahe Collective Trust is a non-profit organisation that aims to support emerging and published writers, poets, artists and cultural commentators.