Young poets chase national award

 Two Christchurch poets have been named as finalists in the New Zealand Post Poetry Awards.

Michaela Ball, of Cashmere High School, and Alisha Vara, of Rangi Ruru Girls School, are both in with a shot of winning the national final. 

The ten finalists will have an all-expenses paid trip to Wellington for a poetry masterclass, where the winner will be named on August 17. One of the short-listed poems will be recorded by Barnaby Weir of the Black Seeds and will be available  free on Digirama and iTunes.

The overall competition winner will take away a $500 cash prize and a $500 grant to their school library. All ten finalists receive book tokens and subscriptions. This  competition is run by Victoria University’s International Institute of Modern Letters.

Judge Andrew Johnston said he enjoyed the “energy and curiosity” of the poems. “Sometimes their imperfections make them much more interesting than poems that are polished but predictable,” he said.

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