For a list of previous winners, see B-C Book Award Winners



North Carolina Poetry Society



Brockman-Campbell Book Award

Postmark Deadline:   May 1, 2010


  • The contest is open to poets who published a book-length volume of poetry in 2009.
  • 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 2009 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:
    • one copy of the book,
    • a biographical sketch of the author,
    • a stamped postcard for acknowledging receipt of the submission
    • your email address, and
    • a business-sized SASE for announcement of the winner.
  • Entry fee:  
    • Members of the Poetry Society pay no entry fee.
    • The fee for non-members is $10. (Make checks
      payable to the North Carolina Poetry Society.)
  • Mail contest entries to:
    • Jenny Braswell, 113 Charlotte Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • Any questions, e-mail:
    • Jenny Braswell --


  • The name of the 2010 book contest judge will be posted here
    after the contest deadline, along with a brief biographical sketch.
  • The NCPS thanks David Romtvedt for judging the 2009 book contest.

    David Romtvedt was born in Portland, Oregon and raised in southern Arizona. He returned to the Pacific Northwest to attend Reed College, graduating in 1972 with a BA in American Studies. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and was a graduate fellow in Folklore and Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked as a carpenter, tree planter, truck driver, book store clerk, assembly line operative, letter carrier, blueberry picker, ranch hand, and college professor.

    His most recent book of poetry is Some Church, published by Milkweed Editions in fall 2005. He is also the author of Windmill: Essays from Four Mile Ranch, two books of fiction—Crossing Wyoming and Free and Compulsory for All—and several books of poetry including Certainty, How Many Horses, Moon and the National Poetry Series selection A Flower Whose Name I Do Not Know. He has edited two anthologies— and Wyoming Fence Lines. A recipient of two NEA fellowships, the Pushcart Prize, and the Wyoming Governor’s Arts Award, Romtvedt serves as the poet laureate of the state of Wyoming.

    With the Fireants, Romtvedt performs creole dance music of the Americas and has released three recordings, It’s Hot (About Three Weeks a Year), Bury my Clothes, and Ants on Ice. The Fireants have performed throughout the Rocky Mountain states as well as at the Encuentro de Dos Tradiciones in Mexico City and Ciudad Altamirano, Mexico.

    Romtvedt has served as manager of the Centrum Foundation’s International Folk Dance and Music Festival and Festival of American Fiddle Tunes. He has been a staff musician at the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and at the Sierra Swing Festival. He recently completed a series of radio programs on traditional musics of the American Southwest for Wyoming and Montana National Public Radio.






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