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The North Carolina Poetry Society is an inclusive, welcoming community that does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, age, political preference, or any other category which has been used to divide human beings from each other and the natural world. We value diverse voices and variety of expression.
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The Lena M. Shull Book Contest
Each year the NC Poetry Society selects a full-length, unpublished poetry manuscript by a North Carolina writer for the Lena M. Shull Book Award. The winning manuscript is published by St. Lawrence University Press, and the winning poet gives a reading and is invited to lead a workshop at Poetry Day Hickory the following April. The submission deadline is October 22, 2017. To read the guidelines and for further information about this prestigious award, click here.
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.
McIntyre’s Reading Series
The featured readers in the October September McIntyre’s Poetry Reading Series, sponsored by NCPS, will be Susan Adler George, Priscilla Webster-Williams, and Aruna Gurumurthy on Sunday, October 24, at 2 p.m. McIntyre’s Bookstore is located in Fearrington Village off Highways 15/501 midway between Chapel Hill and Pittsboro. Carolyn and Guy York host the series.
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.