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NCPS News & Events
Thanks to everyone – presenters, organizers, supporters, attendees – who made last Saturday’s meeting at Weymouth a day to remember. Even in the midst of cold winter, perhaps especially then, poetry warms the heart and mind. Mark your calendars now for our next meeting on Saturday, March 10.
2018 Adult Contests Deadline Is February 1
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 your pencil and send us your best work. Due to a recent sharp rise in Submittable fees, we have discontinued that association. Contest submissions may be emailed (free) directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. To read the guidelines and for further information about requirements, click here. The final deadline for submission is February 1, 2018.
2018 Student Contests Deadline Is February 1
Our annual NC Poetry Society contests for students from 3rd grade to undergraduate is open till the end of January. 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.
Steve Cushman Wins the 2018 Lena Shull Book Award
The 2018 winner of the Lena M. Shull Poetry Book Award sponsored by the NC Poetry Society is Steve Cushman for his manuscript, How Birds Fly. The judge this year was Patricia Fargnoli, former poet laureate of New Hampshire. For more information about the winner, click here. The winning manuscript is being published by St. Andrews University Press and the poet will receive $250 along with fifty copies of the book. Mr. Cushman will give a reading at McIntyre’s Books at a time to be announced.
Brockman-Campbell Award Submissions
The prestigious Brockman-Campbell Book Award for the best collection of poetry published by a North Carolina poet during the previous year opened on January 1, 2018. Authors currently resident in or with strong ties to North Carolina are encouraged to enter their books for consideration. For further information about submitting your book, click here. Final deadline is May 1, 2018.
Remembering Sally Buckner
We have just received news of the death of Sally Buckner, one of North Carolina’s guiding poetic lights, on Sunday, January 7. We will feature a proper tribute at a later date, but we remember her with affection and admiration and suffer her loss.
Poetry Reading at McIntyre’s Books
The first poetry reading of 2018 at McIntyre’s Books, co-sponsored by the NC Poetry Society, will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 28. Featured poets will be David Izzo, Aruna Gurumurthy, and Jordan Makant. Fearrington Village is located on 15-501 between Pittsboro and Chapel Hill. This monthly reading series is hosted by Carolyn and Guy York.