On 28 June 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed between Germany and the Allied Powers officially bringing the First World War to an end. As Vietnam veteran Karl Marlantes observed, “When the peace treaty is signed, the war isn't over for the veterans, or the family. It's just starting.”

This year, we examine the idea of peace by inviting you to reflect on our Lest We Forget Poetry competition theme: War is over… if you want it.

Writers can choose to respond to the theme in poetry or prose. The competition is open to all ages. There are three age categories: 18 years +, 12 - 17 years and 11 years and under.

Entries must be received by 5pm on Wednesday 10 April, 2019. Entries will be judged by a panel of Museum writers, curators and educators. The judges' decision is final. Finalists, chosen from each age category, will be invited to read their entries in the Museum on Anzac Day at 9.30am. If you are unable to attend, you can send a proxy to read in your place, or the Museum will read the entry on your behalf.

Entries can be sent to competitions@aucklandmuseum.com or posted to:

Lest We Forget Poetry Competition,
Auckland Museum,
Private Bag 92018,
Victoria Street West,
Auckland 1142.

Please note, if you are entering as part of a school, don't forget to add your home email and phone number as well as your school address. Send your entry as an email attachment or copy into the body of the text; please do not use Google Docs to send poems.