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  • Time to enter our student and book manuscript contests!

    Our student contests are now open. Deadline February 1, 2017.

    The deadline for the Lena Shull Book Contest for unpublished manuscripts is October 30.


The North Carolina Poetry Society

Welcome to the North Carolina Poetry Society!  If you would like to join the Society and receive our monthly e-newsletter and thrice-yearly print newsletter, contact  Become part of a state-wide community of poets and poetry lovers!

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If you have any questions or comments about the site, contact us.

It’s Harvest Time!

‘Tis the harvest season, when many of life’s plantings come to fruition.  So now is a perfect time to glean those best poems and send them to one of our North Carolina Poetry Society contests.  Whether you are a student or an adult, send your work out into the world and see what rewards await you.  We also offer the Lena Shull Book Award for unpublished full-length manuscripts.  The submission period for our NCPS adult contests will open on November 1.

Lena Shull Book Award

The 2016-17 Lena Shull Book Award, the annual competition for unpublished, full-length manuscripts sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, opened its submission period on September 18.  Final deadline will be October 30.  To learn more about submission guidelines, click here.  The winning manuscript will be published by St. Andrews University Press, and the winning poet will give a reading and possible workshop at Poetry Day Hickory in April 2017.

Student Poetry Prizes

The submission period for student poetry prizes sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society opened on September 1.  We offer a variety of awards for student poets from 3rd grade to undergraduate.  For more information and a downloadable entry form, go to student contests.  Prize-winners will read their poems at our annual Awards Day next May, and the winning poems will appear in our annual anthology, Pinesong.

Upcoming Events

Come to the West End Poetry Festival on October 14 and 15 in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. Over 20 poets, including national known poets Allison Adelle Hedge Coke and Michael McFee, along with Carrboro’s new poet laureate, Gary Phillips.  Readings.  Open mic. Critique workshop.  All events are free and open to the public.  Learn more at

Charlotte will serve as host for Carolinas WordFest, a celebration of writers from the Carolinas all day on Saturday, October 15.  Events will begin at 11 a.m. and continue through 9:30 p.m. at five locations in uptown Charlotte, including First Ward Park, Levine Museum of the New South, Main Library, Spirit Square, and ImagineOn.  Poets, storytellers, novelists, journalists, children’s authors, theatre artists, and all manner of writers will be featured.  All events are free and open to the public.  Lots of events for children and families during the day.  For more information, go to

And it that’s not enough for one weekend, check out the Induction Ceremony at the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 16.  Authors Clyde Edgerton, Margaret Maron, and Carl Sandburg will be inducted into the Hall.  Admission is free and open to the public.

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