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Adult Contests Submission for Members

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Online Submission Form for 2014 Contests for NCPS Members

Full submission guidelines can be found at http://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/adultcontests.

If you are not an NCPS member, you must submit your poems, with payment, at http://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/submit-nonmember.

All contests, except the Poet Laureate Award, are free to enter for NCPS members. You must submit separately for each contest. Click the “Submit” button under each contest description to submit your poem for that contest.

Rules for Submitting

We use Submittable to take online submissions. The first time you click on one of the links below, for the first contest you are entering, you will be taken to a page where you can sign up for a Submittable account; after you fill in that form once, you will not have to fill it in for the other NCPS contests you want to enter. After that process, you will be taken to the “submit” page.

  • On-line submissions will be available beginning November 1.
  • Submissions must be received by the NCPS by midnight, January 10, 2014.
  • In the Title textbox, enter the title of the poem you are submitting for that contest.
  • In the Cover Letter textbox: enter your name, address, phone number and email address.
  • Upload your file, which should include ONLY the poem and title, without your name on the page; the system will only accept pdf, doc, and docx files.
  • FAILURE TO DO THE ABOVE may result in your entry being disqualified!

Poet Laureate Award

Description: A single prize of $100 for a serious poem, any subject, any style, maximum of 110 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).

Eligibility: Open to poets currently residing in North Carolina.

Entry Fee: $6 (Members)

The winning poem will be selected by the NC Poet Laureate.



Thomas H. McDill Award

Sponsored by the Board of the NC Poetry Society

Any form, any style, maximum of 70 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).



Caldwell Nixon, Jr. Award

Sponsored by the family of Sallie Nixon

Poems written by adults for children 2 to 12 years of age.
Any form, any style, maximum of 36 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).



Joanna Catherine Scott Award

Sponsored by Joanna C. Scott

Sonnet or other traditional form (excluding sestinas – see the Ruth Moose Sestina Award).
Maximum of 36 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text). with exception of sestinas.



Ruth Morris Moose Sestina Award

Sponsored by Ruth Moose

Any poem in the sestina form.



Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage Award

Endowed by Pepper Worthington

Any form, any style, on the theme of American heritage, brotherhood/sisterhood, or nature.
Maximum of 36 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).



Katherine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award

Sponsored by Diana Pinckney

Any form, any style, including limericks.
Maximum of 36 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).



Griffin-Farlow Haiku Award

Sponsored by Sue Farlow and Bill Griffin

One haiku per entrant.



Poetry of Courage Award

Endowed by Ann Campanella

Any form, any style, on the theme of courage or crisis.
Maximum of 36 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).



Carol Bessent Hayman Poetry of Love Award

Sponsored by Dave Manning

Any form, any style, on the theme of love.
Maximum of 36 lines (including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text).


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