Plate in the Mirror 2016

Plate in the Mirror 2016 – Bring your Verse to the Table

Plate in the Mirror

Competition judge Vivienne Plumb       Viv Final small

Winners announced 25th September 2016:


Poem                     Poet

First: Eyes                       Sigred Yamit

Second: boil up              Vaughan Rapatahana

Third: sheep truck         Kay McKenzie Cooke

Highly Commended :

Small Appetite, Jane Paul

Olive Pressing,  Vaughan Gunson

Breakfast with a Ghost,  Mercedes Webb-Pullman

Café Courtyard, Piet Nieuwland

Division, Sigred Yamit

Divine, E Wen Wong

Fermentere, Mere Taito

Bok Choi, Michael Onslow-Osborne

kāore he kai,  Vaughan Rapatahana 

Lemons,  MFC Feeley


We are what we eat! Literally and literary.

Food, food, food … it’s a part of our daily and nightly life.

Food is a central part of our tradition and culture.

It encompasses: sustenance and nutrition…health and environment…industry and politics… safety and addiction… medicine and poison…family, friends and strangers … love and lust… and of course poetry.

Simply: We cannot live without food. We cannot live without poetry.

So, let’s put them together – let’s put food into poetry and poetry into food. It is time to bring a Plate to the Mirror!

Change the menu and dish up some tasty, juicy, crispy, verse to our table.

For Competition Prompt please click HERE. 

Poetry Competition Rules:

The Competition is open to all styles of poetry and all poets, all ages and culturural backgrounds. International entries are welcome. The closing date of the competition is midnight Sunday 31st July 2016  (NZ time).

Three (3) poems maximum per poet/submission.

How to enter:

Email your entries, as Word file attachment(s)(doc, docx), to: email, to:

Your name to be the subject of an email.

In a body of the message, please send a list of titles attached.

All entries are judged anonymously and the poet’s name must not appear on the poem itself.

All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length.

Also, please attach a 100 word bio and a current photo.You will receive email confirmation. Incomplete entries will not be considered.

– The judges’ decision is final.

– Entries can be on the subject of: Food, in most broad sense of that word (please read the prompt provided).

– Poems must be the original work of the entrant.

– Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before 25th September 2016.

– Entries must be written in English.

– Prizewinners will be notified by the end of August 2016. All entrants and Judges will be invited to an award ceremony latter in 2016 ( date and the venue TBC).

– The copyright of each poem remains with the author. However, all authors by entering the competition, grant Printable Reality the right to to include their poem in an online and print Anthology.


For Competition Prompt please click HERE

Competition judge Vivienne Plumb

Entries close July 31st 2016.

Winners announced by 25th September 2016.

Poetry Anthology “Plate in the Mirror” to be published latter in the year.

For more info email

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