Lena Shull Book Award

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The Lena M. Shull Book Contest is an annual contest for a full-length poetry manuscript (50+ pages) written by a resident of North Carolina.  The manuscript must not have been previously published, although individual poems within the collection may have been published elsewhere.

The entry fee is $25.  Entrants may submit more than one manuscript, with a fee of $25 for each.  The submission period opens September 17, 2017 with a deadline for receipt of manuscripts of October 22, 2017.

The winning manuscript will be published by St. Andrews University Press, and the poet will receive $250, along with fifty copies of the book.  The poet will give a reading and have the opportunity to lead a workshop at Poetry Day at Lenoir-Rhyne University in April 2018.

Entrants must submit one print copy and one electronic of their manuscript:

  • Send one copy of your manuscript by email attachment (.doc, .rtf, .pdf).
  • Your name must NOT appear on any page of the manuscript.
  • In the email provide your name, address, phone number, email address, manuscript title, and number of pages of manuscript.  Do not include acknowledgments.

Send your email submission copy to: victoriareynolds111@gmail.com.

In addition, send one print copy by mail to: Victoria Reynolds, 1518 Echo Road, Durham, NC 27707.

Please see our Facebook page for more information.

The contest judge (a non-NC resident) will be announced after the winner is chosen.  For more information, please contact Victoria Reynolds.

For a list of previous winners of the Lena Shull Book Award, click here.

The North Carolina Poetry Society would like to thank St. Andrews University Press for their generous support and collaboration on this contest.