Monday, September 13, 2010

Eat your words: Café Poetry Competition


Café Poetry Competition 2010

Here’s a chance to win one of 42 (yes, 42!) prizes by writing a poem about your favourite Wellington café.

The Whitireia Creative Writing Programme has an excellent reputation for developing the talents of New Zealand writers from all walks of life. This year the students have teamed up with 42 Wellington cafés in a poetry competition centred on cafés throughout the greater Wellington region.

We are inviting people to write poems inspired by a café in the greater Wellington region. Cafés can inspire all sorts of poems, about food, about the view, something that happens in the café, a memory – cafés are full of ideas.

The prize for the overall winner is a fantastic lunch for two at Cobar Restaurant in Days Bay*, including ferry tickets to and from Eastbourne. Forty other poets will win a voucher to one of the participating cafés – and they’re some of Wellington’s best.

At the close of the competition, there will be opportunities to publish some poems, and to read them at poetry readings hosted by several cafés.

The judge for the competition is award-winning New Zealand poet Jenny Bornholdt.

The competition runs through September with a closing date of 15th October.

To enter:

· Enter original, unpublished work only, 30 line limit, maximum 3 poems per person.

· Put the poem on one page; put the title of the poem, your name and contact details on separate page. Email to or post to Café Poetry Competition, Creative Writing Programme, Whitireia New Zealand, Private Bag 50910, Porirua (include stamped address envelope).

· There is no entry fee.

The competition is closed to current Whitireia Creative Writing Programme students and tutors.

* not to be used in conjunction with any other vouchers or promotional offers

The cafes who have sponsored this competition are:

Aro Café, Aro St, Wgtn Central

Beach Deli Café, Paraparaumu

Bellagio Café, Hataitai

Butlers Chocolate Café, Willis St, Wgtn Central

Butlers Chocolate Café, Lower Hutt

Café Figg, Petone

Café Kaizen, Porirua

Café Romeo, Upper Hutt

Café Tart, Petone

Café Vella, Plimmerton

Café Villa, Ngaio

Caffe L’affare, College St, Wgtn Central

Chocolate Frog Café, Miramar

Chocolate Fish Café, Shelley Bay

Cobar Restaurant, Days Bay

Drift Café, Waikanae

Elements Café, Lyall Bay

Fig Tree Café & Larder, Heretaunga

Lembas Café, Raumati South

Light House Cinema Café, Pauatahanui

Light House Cinema Café, Petone

Makara Café, Makara

Marrakech Café, Evans Bay

Marsden Village Café, Karori

Martha’s Pantry, Cuba Street, Wgton Central

Nikau Gallery Café, City Art Gallery, Wgton Central

Paekakariki Café, Paekakariki

Parsons Café, Lambton Quay, Wgton Central

Penthouse Cinema Café, Brooklyn

Peppermill Delicatessen, Porirua

Plum Café, Cuba St, Wgton Central

Reikorangi Pottery Café, Waikanae

Seatoun Café & Bar, Seatoun

Sweet Mother’s Kitchen, Courtney Pl, Wgton Central

The Bach Café, Island Bay

The Ballroom Café, Newtown

The Beach Café & Restaurant, Eastbourne

The Big Salami, Plimmerton

The Short Straw Café, Whitemans Valley

The Wadestown Kitchen, Wadestown

Tiki Lounge Café, Lower Hutt

Valhalla Village Lounge and Garden, Raumati South

Good food, good poetry GREAT TIMES!

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