2014 Statewide Poetry Contest Underway

typewriterCalling all poets: The 2014 Statewide Poetry Contest is officially accepting entries. The contest, sponsored by the NC State University Creative Writing program and supported by the Barnhardt Family Fund, is the one of the largest literary competitions in the region.

Let the pen wander freely across the page and don’t worry about an entry fee. It is open to all North Carolina residents, although some restrictions apply. Entries must be postmarked by March 3, 2014.

This year’s guest judge is Li-Young Lee, acclaimed and award-winning poet. Lee’s best known works include Rose (1986), The City in Which I Love You (1991), Book of My Nights (2001) and, his most recent, Behind My Eyes (W.W. Norton, 2008).

The contest winners will be announced prior to Lee’s poetry reading. The event is free and open to the public: Caldwell Lounge on the NC State campus; 7:30 p.m., April 10, 2014.

One grand prize winner will receive $500 and four contestants will be given honorable mentions. For undergraduate and graduate students, there will also be additional winners and prizes.

For more information, including competition guidelines, please visit the Creative Writing Program  web page.

By Caroline Blunck, CHASS Communication Intern

10 responses on “2014 Statewide Poetry Contest Underway

  1. I have visited the competition page for the guidleines but where exactly where or whom the submissions are being submitted to?


    1. Lauren Kirkpatrick says:

      Thank you so much. We will add that info to the web page. Send submissions to NCSU Poetry Contest, Campus Box 8105, English Department, NC State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8105. Good luck!

  2. Connie Ralston says:

    When I click on “Creative Writing Program” for the competition guidelines, it leads to a blank page. I would like to know what these guidelines stipulate.

    1. Lauren Kirkpatrick says:

      Hopefully that link is working for you now. If not, here’s the link: http://english.chass.ncsu.edu/creativewriting/poetry_contest.php
      Best of luck!

  3. asddsadsad says:

    Is the contest still open to submit?? It seems though on the Annual Poetry Contest website, the winner is already mentioned?? Or was that for the last year’s??? I am a bit confused…

    1. asddsadsad says:

      also, is there anyway I can have a look at the previous winners’ poems? I tried to search, but none comes up.

      1. Lauren Kirkpatrick says:

        We don’t post the winners’ poems due to publishing issues.

    2. Lauren Kirkpatrick says:

      The deadline to submit poems was March 3. And yes, the winners have been announced: http://english.chass.ncsu.edu/creativewriting/poetry_contest.php Come hear our guest judge, poet Li-Young Lee, present the winners with their prizes and read from his own poetry on Thurs, April 10, 7:30 pm in Caldwell Lounge at NC State.

  4. Pamela Mullins says:

    When will the next competition be held? I have searched for entry guidelines and have not found anything specific. Can a copy of the entry guidelines be emailed to me?

    1. Lauren Kirkpatrick says:

      The 2014 Poetry Contest is past. Details about the 2015 contest will be posted when they’re finalized. Meanwhile, consider entering the NC State Short Story Contest! Details here: http://news.chass.ncsu.edu/?p=432

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