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Winter Meeting on January 13
Join us on Saturday, January 13, 2018, for another day of sparkling poetry and camaraderie. In the morning, Katrina Denza, Chair of the Weymouth Center Writers-in-Residence Program, and Janice Laughter Sullivan will announce the new Susan Laughter Meyers Fellowship Program. Irish-American poet Adrian Rice will read, followed by open mic. Then after lunch and strolling in the gardens, Mimi Herman will lead a workshop. For a detailed schedule and more information about the presenters, click here.
2018 Adult Contests Are Now Open!
The submission period for adult contests sponsored by the NC Poetry Society opened on November 1. We offer contests in eleven different categories for all tastes and talents, so sharpen up your pencil and send us your best work. To read the guidelines and for further information about requirements, click here. The final deadline for submission is January 19, 2018.
2018 Student Poetry Contests
Our annual NC Poetry Society contests for students from 3rd grade to undergraduate is now open. Submissions of individual poems in different categories are strongly encouraged. For guidelines and to obtain the required entry form, click here. The final deadline for submissions will be February 1, 2018.
2017 Pushcart Prize Nominations
The North Carolina Poetry Society is pleased to announce our 2017 nominees for the Pushcart Prize: Best of the Small Presses: “In a Jar of Tadpoles” (Winner of Poet Laureate Award) by Bonnie Korta; “Let Us Know the Night” (1st place, Joanna C. Scott Contest) by Sherry Siddall; “Patient John Doe in the Rec Room” (1st place, Carol Bessent Hayman Contest) by J. S. (Stan) Absher; “Transmigration” (1st Place, Poetry of Witness) by Libby Bernardin; and “Insomnia” (1st Place, Ruth Moose [sestina]) by Jane Shlensky. Since 1976 the Pushcart Prize has been one of the most prestigious awards a writer can receive. Congratulations to this year’s nominees!
Absher Review in North Carolina Literary Review
A review of J. S. Absher’s Lena Shull Award-winning book, Mouth Work, by the late Susan Laughter Meyers has appeared in the 2017 issue of the North Carolina Literary Review. To read the review, click here.
To honor the memory of its founder, poet Jerry Cuthrell, the Pamlico Writers’ Group has announced its first-ever search for a Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate to represent eastern North Carolina. The successful candidate will be an accomplished poet who has resided in eastern North Carolina for a minimum of one year. Applications must be received by December 15, 2017. For further information, click here.
Poetry in Plain Sight, a program co-sponsored by Winston-Salem Writers and the North Carolina Poetry Society, welcomes submissions until December 31. Four poems are selected for each month for public display during 2018-2019, beginning in March. Featured poets will receive a poster copy of their poem and be invited to read at Poetry in Plain Sight, Live! (details TBA). For guidelines and submission instructions, go to: poetryinplainsight.submittable.com.