Open for submissions from Nov.1, 2016

to January 20, 2017

WARNING: Before you submit, to avoid disqualification, make certain your poem conforms to guidelines and that your name or other identifying information DOES NOT appear on your poem (if two pages, check both pages). Also, if you enter a "members only" category, make certain your dues are current.

North Carolina Poetry Society - Online Submission Form for 2017 Contests
http://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/adultcontests

Both NC Poetry Society Members and Nonmembers can submit their poems to the contests. NCPS Members may submit their poems to all but one contest for free, with a greatly reduced fee for the Poet Laureate Award. 

Non-Members would have to pay $95 to submit to all 11 of our contests. Membership in the society only costs $30 (or $10 for students). So, if you are considering entering multiple contests, it may save you money to join the society before you submit! More information on joining can be found at http://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/membership.

All judges will be distinguished poets residing outside North Carolina, aside from the Poet Laureate Contest, which will be judged by the current North Carolina Poet Laureate (if available).

For the Poet Laureate Contest, only the winning poem will be published in the NCPS awards anthology Pinesong, however, the winner and five finalists will be invited to read at the Awards Ceremony in May.

For all other contests, all winning poems (numbered prizes and honorable mentions) will be published in Pinesong and invited to read at the Awards Ceremony in May. 

All prizes and offers of publication are conditioned on the authors' certification that the poems are their original, unpublished work, and authors must comply with and agree to the Pinesong publishing agreement. NCPS reserves the right to withdraw prize offers from any author who is unwilling or unable to comply with the publication agreement, or whose poem is found to be in violation of the guidelines (e.g. exceeds length limits, author's name appears on poem, etc.)  

It is not necessary to provide a bio at the time of submission. If your poem is selected, we will ask for your brief bio at the appropriate time.
$ 8.00
Enter one poem, any form or style on the theme of courage or crisis.
Maximum 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines and lines of text.
Enter one poem, any form or style on the theme of courage or crisis.
Maximum 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines and lines of text.
$ 8.00
Enter one poem, any form or style, maximum 70 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines and lines of text.
Enter one poem, any form or style, maximum 70 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines and lines of text.
$ 8.00
Enter one sestina.
Enter one sestina.
Enter one poem, any style, addressing contemporary events or issues.
Maximum 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text.
Ends on January 20, 2017$ 8.00
$ 8.00
Enter one poem, any style, addressing contemporary events or issues.
Maximum 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text.
Enter one poem, any style or form, on the theme of American heritage, brotherhood/sisterhood, or nature.
Maximum 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines and lines of text.
Enter one poem, any form or style, on the theme of American heritage, brotherhood/sisterhood, or nature.
Maximum of 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines and lines of text.
Enter one poem, any form or style including limericks.

Maximum 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines and lines of text.
Enter one poem, any form, any style, including limericks.

Maximum 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text.
$ 8.00
Enter one sonnet or other traditional form (with the exception of sestinas).
Maximum 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text.
Enter one sonnet or other traditional form (with the exception of sestinas).

Maximum of 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text
Enter one poem, any form or style on the theme of love.

Maximum 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text.
Enter one poem of any form or style on the theme of love.

Maximum 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text.
For poems written by adults for children aged 2 to 12.


Enter one poem, any form or style, maximum 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text.
$ 8.00
For poems written by adults for children 2 to 12 years of age.

Any form or style, maximum of 36 lines including poem title, epigraph, blank lines, and lines of text.
Ends on January 20, 2017$ 15.00
$ 15.00
This is the North Carolina Poetry Society's most prestigious contest for a single poem.
A prize of $100 is awarded to the winner, along with publication in Pinesong and an invitation to read at Awards Day in May. Up to five "finalists" other than the winner will be selected and will be invited to read at Awards Day, but will not be offered a monetary prize or publication. Finalists are free to publish elsewhere after the contest is closed.

Enter one "serious" poem, any subject or style, maximum 110 lines including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines and lines of text.

This contest is open to current residents of North Carolina only.


$ 10.00
This is the NC Poetry Society's most prestigious contest and deserves your best work.

For this contest category, you must be a member of NCPS and a current resident of North Carolina.

Lifetime Members have the privilege of submitting to the Poet Laureate Contest without paying a fee, but only if the entry is submitted by US Mail to the Director of Adult Contests, Richard Taylor, at 4057 North Course Drive, Charlotte, NC 28277. Mailed entries must include one copy with and one without author's name, address, email address, and phone number. 

 A single prize of $100 and publication in Pinesong will be awarded to the winner. Five "finalists" will be invited to read at Awards Day but will not be offered publication and are free to publish elsewhere. There is no monetary award for finalists other than the winner.

Final judge for this contest is the Poet Laureate of North Carolina.

Enter one "serious" poem, any subject or style, maximum 110 lines including poem title, any epigraph, blank lines and lines of text.
$ 8.00
Enter one poem in the haiku form.

Formerly named the Griffin-Farlow Haiku Award, this contest was renamed by sponsor Bill Griffin in honor of the bloodroot, (Sanguinaria canadensis), "an indigenous NC wildflower which is widespread but elusive, beautiful but ephemeral, and requires some diligence to discover."
Enter one poem in the haiku form.


Formerly the Griffin-Farlow Haiku Award, sponsor Bill Griffin renamed the contest in honor of the .bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), "an indigenous NC wildflower which is widespread but elusive, beautiful but ephemeral, and requires some diligence to discover."