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    Adult contests are accepting submissions until January 20, 2017.

    Student contests are accepting submissions until February 1, 2017.


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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Enjoy the Festivities!

As another remarkable year draws to a close and the holiday season celebrates its festivities, the North Carolina Poetry Society is pleased to share news and upcoming events.

January Meeting

Our annual winter meeting will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Southern Pines. Featured poets will be Maureen Sherbondy and Michael McFee, with our usual open mic and announcement of the winner of the 2016-17 Lena Shull Book Award.  For a more detailed schedule, click here.  Don’t miss another great day of poetry at beautiful Weymouth.

New NCPS Officers

The North Carolina Poetry Society Nominating Committee, comprised of Lisa Zerkle, Carolyn York, and Grace Ocasio, has chosen a impressive slate of officers and Board members for the 2017-19 term.  The candidates are: Sam Barbee, president; Alice Osborn, vice president for programming; Joan Barasovska and Laura Younger, co-vice presidents for membership; Dana Stone, recording secretary; Cal Nordt, corresponding secretary; Bill Griffin, treasurer; Crystal Simone Smith, adult contests chair; Michael Beadle, student contests chair; and Tori Reynolds and Ty Stumpf, Board members at large. The membership will vote to approve the slate at the January 21, 2017 meeting.  For brief biographies of the candidates, click here.  Thanks to the dedicated members of the nominating committee for putting together this sterling slate of candidates.  And thanks to the candidates who have agreed to lead the Poetry Society and North Carolina for the next two years.

Adult Contests

Submissions for adult contests for 2017 sponsored by the NC Poetry Society remain open until January 20, 2017.  Richard Allen Taylor serves as our dedicated adult contests coordinator again this year.  The Society sponsors many different competitions, so there’s something for every interest and persuasion.  Winners will receive monetary awards, be published in the 2017 issue of Pinesong, and be asked to read their poems at Awards Day in May.  For further information about submission requirements and guidelines, click here.

Student Contests

The submission period for student poetry prizes sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society remains open until February 1, 2017.  Michael Beadle coordinates the student contests with dedication and aplomb.  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 receive monetary rewards and read their poems at our annual Awards Day next May, and the winning poems will appear in our annual anthology, Pinesong.


Four prize-winning poets from the 2016 issue of Pinesong have been nominated this fall for a prestigious Pushcart Prize: Julie Cook (“Catch & Launch”), Susan Lefler (“Nezumi”), Martin Settle (“Outer Bark”), and Jane Schlensky (Ladylike Behavior”). Congratulations to them all once again for their fine poems.

J. S. Absher‘s poetry collection Mouth Work, winner of the 2016 Lena Shull Poetry Contest, has been selected as a reading text for a class in modern and contemporary poetry offered at Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista, Virginia.  Mouth Work was selected by Professor Scott Dransfield, who attended a reading by Absher at SVU and decided to add it to next year’s syllabus.  Congratulations, Stan!



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