Entries are open for the Greg Judkins Poetry Prize

17 May 2022


By Alex Bygrave, Communications Advisor 

Entries are now open for the famous Greg Judkins Prize for Reflective Poetry, with winners of the competition being read at GP22: the Conference for General Practice.

This year the competition is open to anyone who is a member of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners. Historically the competition has been limited to registrars, but this year we are opening the competition to Fellows as well.

The theme this year is, “Getting through tough times” and there are two categories:

Haiku
Three short non-rhyming lines.

Long poem
Rhyming or non-rhyming verse (max 25 lines).

To enter

To enter, please email your original poem (clearly labelled) to communications@rnzcgp.org.nz.

The competition is open from 17 May 2022- 1 July 2022.

All poems will be judged blind by GP and poet Dr Greg Judkins, GP and author Dr Himali McInnes, and Dunedin poet Ruth Arnison and the winners will be announced and be read aloud at the conference.

Rules:

  1. Entry is limited to members of The Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners during the competition period.
  2. Poems submitted must be original, entirely the work of the entrant and not previously published anywhere.
  3. Only poems submitted in the form described in the competition publicity are eligible for judging.
  4. Only poems received by the notified closing date and time to the address given in the competition publicity are eligible for judging.
  5. Prizes will be awarded to the winning poem in each of the two categories.
  6. By entering the competition, entrants agree to the winning poem being read aloud as part of the Prize ceremony.
  7. The winner will be announced at GP22: the Conference for General Practice.
  8. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Read the winning poems from the 2021 competition for inspiration.