The 2019 competition is now closed.

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. Poets who responded to this event usually fell into two camps – those full of optimism and hope for the future, and those who were cynical about peace and frustrated over the futility of war.

This year, we examined the idea of peace by inviting you to reflect on our theme: Peace. Peace can be understood in a variety of ways; as the end of war, the absence of war, peace between different peoples, peace within our homes; however you wish to interpret it.

The competition was open to all ages. There were three age categories: 18 years +, 12 - 17 years and 11 years and under.

Entries were judged by a panel of Museum writers, curators and educators. The judges' decision was final. Finalists, chosen from each age category, read their entries in the Museum on Anzac Day at 9.30am.

11 and under winners: 

Gus McLachlan
Madeline Bennett
Lucy Martin

12 - 17 years winners: 

Saniya Lal
Andrew Ma
Olivia Loufte

18 years + winners: 

Fabiyas MV
Amanda Kearns
Joanie Panting. 

Prizes this year included passes to Auckland Zoo, Auckland Bridge Climb and cruises on the Ted Ashby. Each of the nine finalists also received a $100 Prezzy card.

Thank you to all 167 poets who entered the competition. 

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