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This is a member created list for poetry competitions and calls for submission in North Carolina.

  • Call for Submissions: NC Poetry on the Bus

    Raleigh Review is accepting submissions for the third year of its NC Poetry on the Bus program, which places poems by NC poets on the Raleigh R-Line buses during April for National Poetry Month. There are approximately 20,000 riders on the R-Line each month. This unusual context for poetry deepens the readers’ experience by making literature part of the everyday world and fostering the opportunity for conversation amongst neighbors.
    You must be a resident of North Carolina.
    Send up to three (3) poems to PUT THE POEMS IN THE BODY OF THE EMAIL. Attachments will NOT be opened.
    Poems may be no longer than 14 lines.
    Poems may be previously published, but please indicate if that is the case.
    There is no payment for the use of these poems (other than visibility to 20,000 riders!); there is also no submission fee.
    Send your poems by Friday, February 28, 2014.
    Please visit for more information about Raleigh Review and NC Poetry on the Bus.

  • The 2014 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition is now open for submissions. This contest awards the first-place winner $200 and publication in storySouth. The contest is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Submissions should be one poem only (40-line limit). The contest deadline is March 1.

    The final judge is Jillian Weise, author of The Book of Goodbyes (BOA Editions, 2013), which received the 2013 James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. For more information, visit

  • Poet Stacy Savage is excited to announce the Rhyme Time Poetry Contest. Submissions are now being accepted.
    Poets entering the contest must be 16 years or older. All poems must rhyme and can be up to 32 lines. There is a $2 per poem entry fee. Winner will receive forty percent of the entry fees and a copy of the book “Mimes Chimes and Rhymes” by Ian Graham. Sixty percent of the entry fees will go to the Indiana winners of River of Words (
    To enter, send poems along with the entry fee and cover sheet with name, address, phone number, email address and titles of poems submitted to: Rhyme Time Poetry Contest, 3121 Mounds Rd., Anderson, IN 46016. Previously published poems are acceptable.
    The deadline for submissions is March 8, 2014. For more information, visit the Facebook page, Poetry Contests for a Cause, or email inquiries to
  • The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring its 25th Annual Poetry Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence.
    Deadline: Postmarked by Feb. 28, 2014.
    1st Place: Your choice of a 3 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free online workshops; or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
    2nd Place: 2 night stay at the B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited.
    3rd Place: One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited.
    10 Honorable Mentions

    All work must be unpublished.
    Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet.
    The entry fee is $25 for up to three entries.
    Multiple entries are accepted. Each poem should not exceed two pages.
    Enclose self-sealing s.a.s.e. for critique and list of winners.
    Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:
    Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
    The entry fee is also payable at
    Emailed submissions may be sent to, with “Poetry Contest” in the subject.

  • Old Mountain Press will be accepting submissions of poetry and flash fiction for its upcoming holiday anthology, Mountain Writings, on 1 March. Submission guidelines are found on the anthologies web page at To submit you must be a former contributor or recommended by a former contributor. Contributor’s names and bios can be found on past anthology web pages at
  • WTF: What the Fiction is a new North Carolina journal of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry, and is seeking submissions from NCPS members. Find out more at
  • Lots of haiku competitions are out there; a list of contests and deadlines can be found at Hone your haiku writing in preparation for next year’s NCPS Griffin-Farlow Haiku Competition!

If you know of any contests that you feel should be added, please use the contact form above (by following the “contact” link in the menu) or simply email the webmaster ( Thanks for making the NCPS website even more full of resources for poets in North Carolina!

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