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).

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


Contest rules:


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 N.C. State University (but teaching assistants and graduate students are eligible).

b. Writers with a published book of poetry (if a book can be bought online or from a publisher or bookstore, you are published).

c. Previous winners. Previous finalists must submit poems that have not been previously submitted.

2. Contestants may submit up to three poems, with 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 either:

a. Mail entries to: N.C. State Poetry Contest, Department of English, N.C. State University, Campus Box 8105, Raleigh, NC 27695-8105; or

b. Drop off entries in person at the Department of English, 221 Tompkins Hall, by the postmark deadline.

7. The postmark deadline is Feb. 24.


Winners will be announced at the 2020 N.C. State Poetry Contest Awards Ceremony, which will include a literary reading by Anders Carlson-Wee, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, in Caldwell Hall Lounge on the N.C. State campus.