Brockman-Campbell Book Award

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The prestigious Brockman-Campbell Book Award, sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, honors the best book published by a North Carolinian during the previous calendar year.  The Brockman-Campbell Award for 2017 was won by Alan Michael Parker’s The Ladder.  Two other books were recognized with Honorable Mentions: Bright Stranger, by Katherine Soniat, and The Door That Always Opens, by Julie Funderburk.  For more about this year’s winning books, click here.

For a list of previous winners of the Brockman-Campbell Award, click here.

Endowed by the families of Christine Sloan and Mary Belle Campbell

The submission period for the 2018 Brockman-Campbell Award opens on January 1, 2018.  The final postmark deadline for all book submissions is: May 1, 2018.


  • The contest is open to poets who published a book-length volume of poetry in 2017.
  • Entrants must be native-born North Carolinians or current residents who have lived in the state for at least three years at the time of publication.
  • An entry must be a first edition by a single author. It must contain 20 or more pages of poetry, and it must have a 2017 copyright date.


  • A cash prize of $200 will be presented to one winner only.
  • The winner will be invited to read at the fall meeting of the NCPS.


  • Each submission should include:
    1. one copy of the book
    2. a biographical sketch of the author
    3. a stamped postcard for acknowledging receipt of the submission
    4. your email address
    5. a business-sized SASE for announcement of the winner.

Entry fee

  • Members of the Poetry Society pay $10
  • The fee for non-members is $20. (Make checks payable to the North Carolina Poetry Society.)

Mail contest entries to:

Preston Martin
109 Baskerville Circle
Chapel Hill, NC  27517

Any questions? E-mail Preston Martin

Contest Judge

  • The name of the Brockman-Campbell book contest judge will be posted here after the contest deadline, along with a brief biographical sketch.


Previous Judges:

2017: Maggie Smith

2016: Barbara Hamby

2015: Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda

2014: Joanna Klink

2013: Chard deNiord

2012: Norbert Krapf

2011: Diane Gilliam