Submit your poems to the NC State Poetry Contest

Published 9:28 pm Sunday, February 18, 2018

From N.C. State University


RALEIGH — The annual N.C. State Poetry Contest is a free literary competition open to all North Carolina residents (including out-of-state and international students who are enrolled in North Carolina universities). It remains one of the largest free-to-enter poetry contests in the South.

This year’s guest judge is award-winning poet Marianne Boruch and features a grand prize of $500.

The contest is open to all North Carolina residents except:

  • Tenured/tenure-track professors in the University of North Carolina system; writing instructors teaching at North Carolina State University (but teaching assistants and graduate students are eligible);
  • Writers with a published book of poetry (if we can buy your book online or from a publisher or bookstore, we consider you published); and
  • Previous winners. Previous finalists must submit poems that have not been previously submitted.

Further contest rules are: contestants may submit up to three poems. There is no limit as to genre or length. Entries may not have been previously published anywhere, in print or online (including personal blogs/websites). All entries must be typed and titled. Contestants should not include their name on their poems so that their work can be judged anonymously. Instead, contestants should include their name, address, telephone number and email address on a separate cover sheet.

No emailed entries are accepted. Entries can be mailed to: N.C. State Fiction Contest, Department of English, North Carolina State University, Campus Box 8105, Raleigh, NC 27695-8105; or entries can be dropped off in person at the Department of English, 221 Tompkins Hall, by the postmark deadline. The postmark deadline is March 12, 2018.

Due to volume, we cannot contact each contestant or return your poems afterward.

Winners will be announced at the 2018 N.C. State Poetry Contest awards ceremony, which will include a literary reading by Marianne Boruch, at 7:30 p.m. on April 12 at N.C. State’s James B. Hunt Jr. Library.

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