Entries are now open for the annual Anzac Day poetry competition.

This year’s competition theme is “Children of War". During wartime, those who fight in uniform are far from the only casualties.

Since the Second World War, civilian deaths in conflicts greatly outweigh those of soldiers. Many victims of war are children. Children in war-ravaged countries live in a constant state of fear, and disease and malnutrition can be widespread. 

From WWI orphans to WWII evacuees, child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Syrian children in refugee camps, young people are enormously impacted by war.

The competition is open to all ages, with three categories: 18 years +, 12 - 17 years and 11 years and under. Each of the nine finalists receive a $150 Prezzy® Card. 

Finalists, chosen from each age category will be invited to read their entries on Anzac Day at 9.30am followed by morning tea.

Entries must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 14 April 2020. 
Email competitions@aucklandmuseum.com (Please attach poems). 

Or post your entries to: 
Lest We Forget Poetry Competition
Auckland Museum
Private Bag 92018
Victoria Street West
Auckland 1142

Entries will be judged by a panel of Museum writers, curators and educators. The judges' decision is final. 

N.B. For school entries, please use personal email and phone numbers instead of school details.