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2014 Adult Contests and Awards

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The following information is for the 2015 NCPS Contests, which will have a due date of January 9, 2015.

Judges will be distinguished poets residing outside North Carolina.

Winning poems will be published in the NCPS poetry contest anthology Pinesong.

Winning poets will be invited to read their winning poems at Awards Day in May 2014.

General Rules and Policies

  • Submit one poem per category. The same poem may not be entered into more than one category.
  • Each entry must be original, unpublished, in English, and not currently submitted for publication or to another contest.
  • A contestant may not enter a category in which he or she won first place last year.
  • Membership dues may be submitted with contest entries submitted by mail. Dues may also be paid on-line (http://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/membership-online).
  • The North Carolina Poetry Society retains first publication rights for winning poems published in Pinesong, after which publication rights will return to the authors.
  • A judge can reserve the right not to give awards.
  • NCPS reserves the right to cancel a contest if there are too few submissions.
  • See below for requirements specific to each contest. The contests will be open for submissions beginning November 1, 2014.

Poet Laureate Award

  • Description:   A single prize of $100 for a serious poem, any subject, any style, maximum of 110 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).
  • Eligibility:   Open to poets currently residing in North Carolina.
  • Entry fee (mail submissions): $5 for current NCPS members, $10 for non-members.
  • Entry fee (on-line submissions): $6 for current NCPS members, $12 for non-members.
  • The winning poem will be selected by North Carolina’s current poet laureate; if that person is unavailable, the NCPS will seek the most highly qualified out-of-state judge available.
  • The finalists will be invited to read at Awards Day, but their poems will not be published in Pinesong.

Adult Contests

Entry Guidelines:

  • No fee if NCPS membership is active.
  • Otherwise, the entry fee is $8 for each poem entered by mail, and $4 if submitted on-line.
  • Entrants do not have to be residents of North Carolina.

Prizes

  • First place: $50 for first place; second place: $25; third place: $15.
  • Up to three honorable mentions in each category.

Contest Categories:

Thomas H. McDill Award
Sponsored by the Board of the NC Poetry Society

  • Any form, any style, maximum of 70 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).

 

Caldwell Nixon Jr. Award
Sponsored by the family of Sallie Nixon

  • Poems written by adults for children 2 to 12 years of age.
  • Any form, any style, maximum of 36 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).

 

Joanna Catherine Scott Award
Sponsored by Joanna C. Scott

  • Sonnet or other traditional form (with the exception of sestinas).
  • Maximum of 36 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).

 

Ruth Morris Moose Sestina Award
Sponsored by Ruth Moose

  • Any poem in the sestina form.

 

Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage Award
Endowed by Pepper Worthington

  • Any form, any style, on the theme of American heritage, brotherhood/sisterhood, or nature.
  • Maximum of 36 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).

 

Katherine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award
Sponsored by Diana Pinckney

  • Any form, any style, including limericks.
  • Maximum of 36 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).

 

Griffin-Farlow Haiku Award
Sponsored by Sue Farlow and Bill Griffin

  • One haiku per entrant

 

Poetry of Courage Award
Endowed by Ann Campanella

  • Any form, any style, on the theme of courage or crisis.
  • Maximum of 36 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).

 

Carol Bessent Hayman Poetry of Love Award
Sponsored by Dave Manning

  • Any form, any style, on the theme of love.
  • Maximum of 36 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).

On-line Submissions

Submissions by Mail

  • For each poem submitted, send two legible copies printed on one side only of 8½-by-11 paper.
  • Do not include graphics, images, or pictures with your entry.
  • On both copies type the name of the category in the upper left corner. On the duplicate copy only, type the author’s name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) in the upper right corner; nonmembers add “nonmember.”
  • Entries must be postmarked by January 9, 2015. Mail entries to:
    Stan Absher
    PO Box 99396
    Raleigh, NC 27624-9396
  • Submit questions about the contest guidelines to jsabsherphd@gmail.com.
  • All checks should be written payable to NCPS.
  • Entries should be sent in one package with one check for the correct amount. Winners who provide an email address will be notified by email.
  • Winners should be prepared to send an electronic copy of poems on request.
  • Mail delays are not the responsibility of the NCPS. Entries arriving more than 7 calendar days after the deadline will not be considered and checks will be returned. Do not send anything that must be signed for (signature receipt or express mail).
  • While you can send your membership dues in with your contest entry, all NCPS membership questions should be sent to: Scott Owens (asowens1@yahoo.com) or Allison Elrod (allisoncraigelrod@gmail.com).

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