Submissions open for the 2023 NC State Poetry Contest

Press release from N.C. State University:

The annual NC 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 Khalisa Rae and features The Dorianne Laux
Prize for Poetry of $500.

1. The contest is open to all North Carolina residents except:
a. Tenured/tenure-track professors in the University of North Carolina system;
creative-writing instructors teaching at North Carolina State University (but
teaching assistants and graduate students are eligible);
b. 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
c. Previous winners. Previous finalists must submit poems that have not been
previously submitted.

2. Contestants may submit up to three poems.
a. There is no limit as to genre or length.

3. Entries may not have been previously published anywhere, in print or online (including
personal blogs/websites).

4. All entries must be typed and titled.

5. 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.

6. No emailed entries are accepted. Please mail entries to:
NC State Poetry Contest
Department of English
North Carolina State University
Campus Box 8105,
Raleigh, NC 27695-8105

The postmark deadline is March 1, 2023.

Due to volume, we cannot contact each contestant or return your poems afterward. Winners
and honorable mentions will be contacted directly. The Dorianne Laux Prize for Poetry, and
several Honorable Mentions, will be awarded in person alongside Khalisa Rae’s reading on
Thursday, April 6. The results will be posted at in early April.
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