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Poet Versus Poet; No Pros

The 2013 Statewide Poetry Contest is underway. The annual event is one of the largest free literary competitions in the South and is sponsored by the NC State creative writing program through the Barnhardt Family Fund. This year’s guest judge is Michael Wiegers, executive editor of Copper Canyon Press.

Entries must be postmarked by Friday, March 1.  Winners will be announced Wednesday, April 3.

The contest is open to all North Carolina residents, except those who have published a book, are tenure-track professors in the UNC system, or are previous winners.

A grand prize winner ($500) and four honorable mentions will be chosen. There will also be special prizes for undergraduate and graduate student winners.

All entries must be typed and no entry is to exceed four pages of poetry. Participants may submit up to three poems. Previous years’ finalists must submit different poems than previously submitted. Do not put your name on the poems so that they may be judged anonymously. Attach a separate sheet with your contact info (name, address, phone number, email). Due to volume, no poems will be returned and none may be submitted via email.

Submit poems to:

NCSU Poetry Contest
Campus Box 8105
English Department
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8105

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