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For poets from 3rd grade to university undergraduates attending schools in North Carolina

All entries must be postmarked by January 16, 2015!

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.

Please DO NOT add pictures or images with your poem. Use 12-point size and Times New Roman (or a similar, basic font). Also, student poems do not need to be centered on the page; they can be written flush left.

What are the contest guidelines?

  • Student must 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 – only the poem and the title.
  • On a separate piece of paper, type the following information:
    • the name of the category and the title of the poem
    • your name, home address, telephone number, and e-mail address
    • 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

or email entries to

If you are emailing entries, please remember to scan the copy with the student’s name, address, telephone number, email address, name of the school, teacher’s name, etc. – as well as the teacher’s signature that the poem is an authentic, original poem written ONLY by this student and is NOT the product of any other students or another poet.

When will I know if I have won an award?

Winners will be notified in March 2015. Winners will also be invited to Awards Day,
which will be on Saturday, May 30, 2015, 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.
  • 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place winners will receive cash prizes. All winners (including up to three honorable mention winners for each contest) will receive an award certificate.
  • 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.


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