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2014 Student Poetry Contests

For Poets from 3rd Grade to University Undergraduates attending schools in North Carolina

All entries must be postmarked by January 11, 2014!

What are the contest categories?

The Travis Tuck Jordan Award
Endowed by Dorothy and Oscar Pederson

  • for students in Grades 3 — 5.

The Joan Scott Memorial Award
Endowed by the Board of the NC Poetry Society

  • for poems about the environment
  • for students in Grades 3 — 8.

The Mary Chilton Award
Sponsored by Bob Collins

  • for students in Grades 6 — 8.

The Sherry Pruitt Award
Endowed by Gail Peck

  • for students in Grades 9 — Undergraduate.

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

  • for students in Grades 9 — Undergraduate.

All poems (except those in the Haiku category) may be in any form, but may not exceed 32 lines per poem. No copies will be returned.

What are the contest guidelines?

  • Student may submit a different poem to each category for which he or she is eligible.
  • Send two typed copies of each poem on 8½ x 11 inch paper.
    • In the upper left corner of each copy, type the name of the category.
    • Do not put your name or address on these copies.
  • On a separate piece of paper, type or print:
    1. the name of the category and the title of the poem
    2. your name, home address, telephone number, and e-mail address
    3. the name of your school, your grade, your teacher’s name and e-mail address, and your school’s address and telephone number.
    • Your teacher must sign this piece of paper before you send it with the poem(s).
    • You must sign this paper and write in your handwriting, “I pledge that this is my original poem.”

Where do I mail my contest entries?

Mail your entries to:
Michael Beadle
73 Wesley Street
Canton, NC 28716

When will I know if I have won an award?

Winners will be notified in April 2014. Winners will also be invited to Awards Day,
which will be on May 24, 2014, at the Weymouth Center in Southern Pines, NC.


How will the winning poems be published?

  • Winning poems will be published in Pinesong, the North Carolina Poetry Society’s annual contest anthology. Each winner will receive one free copy of this anthology.
  • Winning poems may be chosen as student poem-of-the-month on the North Carolina
  • On the North Carolina Poetry Society website (with the permission of the author).


What about other poetry opportunities?

Winners and honorable mentions in college, high school, or middle school are invited to apply to become Student Poets in the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series.

Hannah Jones - September 12, 2010 - 11:35 pm

I like poetry because I can express my feelings and make believe

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