new zealand electronic poetry centre


Great NZ Digi-Poem Competition 2007

 Winner Announced

Competition Winner:

  • Charlie Ward - Hinemoa's daughter (Apirana Taylor)
          lo-fi (wma : streaming)
          hi-fi (mov : 10.5MB )

Other Competition finalists:

  • Paul Homeboy - Instructions for the Consumption of your Humanitarian Food Package (Fiona Farrell)
  • Jody Lloyd - On Originality (Bill Manhire)
          lo-fi (wma : streaming)
          hi-fi (mp3 : 3MB )
  • Helen Sword - Hinemoa's daughter (Apirana Taylor)

Put your imagination and design skills to work and be part of New Zealand's first-ever digi-poem competition!

Create the winning look and sound of The Great NZ Digi-Poem.

To celebrate Montana Poetry Day, Friday 27 July 2007, the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc), in association with Auckland University Press (AUP), is seeking the best digital transformations of poems by six well-known New Zealand poets.

The six competition poems are drawn from AUP's Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance, the second of AUP’s popular CD-with-book anthologies of poets in performance, which will launch on Poetry Day this year.

AUP's landmark anthologies get people listening to poets as well as reading their texts. nzepc wants to extend the experience by asking innovative digital artists around the country and around the world to transform poems for presentation on the World Wide Web using audio, visuals and/or animation.


The Great NZ Digi-Poem Competition will run 1 June – 4 July 2007.

Shortlisted entries will be posted on nzepc digital on 20 July and the winner will be announced Friday 27 July as part of the nzepc/AUP Montana Poetry Day event Poetry Central, to be held at Auckland Central City Library.


The winning designer will receive a prize of an iPod Nano donated by The University of Auckland Library, and a copy of Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance and its companion Classic New Zealand Poets in Performance, both edited by Jack Ross and Jan Kemp. Shortlisted entries will become part of a permanent exhibit on nzepc digital.


Entries will be judged by a panel of editors, poetry publishers and electronic poetry enthusiasts.

Source poems (audio and text for making your digi-poem)

Listen, read and transform one or more of these poems for The Great NZ Digi-poem Competition 2007. (View examples of NZ digital poetry here.)

(Right mouse-click on mp3s to download & save.)

Conditions of entry

  • Each entry must incorporate at least part of the relevant text and audio track from Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance.
  • Entries must include as part of the digital interpretation the poet's name and title of the poem being digitally transformed.
  • Specifications: entries must be displayable on the Web in standard browsers. The digi-poems will be hosted on a Windows web server. Digi-poems may include hypertext, video, Flash, animated text, graphics, codeworks, music, etc. Please respect the copyright of others in creating your digi-poem.
  • Entries should be posted to nzepc on a DVD or CD to arrive no later than 4 July 2007. Include your name and contact details in a covering letter and send to:

        Great NZ Digi Poem Competition
        c/o Brian Flaherty
        The University of Auckland Library
        Private Bag 92019, Auckland 1142, New Zealand
  • The judges' decision is final.





Last updated 31 July, 2007