Fantastic Feasts Poetry Competition

12 August to 27 September 2019 - Chemistry

Poetry was an extremely important part of the cultural life of the ancient Greeks and Romans. They used poetry to remember their history, share their myths, and debate what they believed in.

University of Canterbury’s Teece Museum of Classical Antiquities invites young writers to take part in its biennial poetry competition. It is looking for creative and interesting poems written in response to the museum’s current exhibition Fantastic Feasts, or in response to an object from the collection.

Poems will be accepted by authors in two age groups: 11 to 14 years old and  15 to 18 years old. Prizes for each age group are $150 for first place, $100 for second pace, $50 for third place, and the winning poems will be published on the Teece Museum website and/or Facebook page.

Guest judges for 2019 are poet Dr Lynley Edmeades, a University of Otago Department of English Professor; Paul Millar from the University of Canterbury Department of English; and Dr Patrick O’Sullivan from the University of Canterbury Department of Classics.

How to enter

Entries open at 9.00am on 12 August 2019 and close at 5.00pm on 27 September 2019.

Entry forms are available for download from the Teece Museum webpages or by emailing

Winners will be announced 14 October 2019.

The Teece Museum is located at the University of Canterbury Arts City Location, Chemistry building, The Arts Centre Te Matatiki Toi Ora, 3 Hereford Street, Christchurch

You may also be interested in the Poetry workshop for Young Writers.

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