Thank you for visiting the North Carolina Poetry Society’s Pinesong Awards for 2020 blog. Here you can get insights, inspiration, and information about submitting your poetry to our contests.

Posts are divided into three categories for your convenience:

  1. Director’s Notes offer information about the contests and submission tips, along with links to further resources.
  2. 2019 Award Winners profile poets who won first place in the 2019 contests.
  3. 2020 Judges profile the judges who will be reading your submissions.

I will be adding new posts every few days, so please come back often.

We are accepting contest submissions until January 12, 2020. For full details visit

Published by Craig Kittner

The Adult Contests Director for the North Carolina Poetry Society, Craig has lived in a lot of places. Providence, RI saw the start of interesting things that DC helped solidify. He's worked a lot of jobs, too. Dealing blackjack was an interesting challenge. Now he lives kind-of-near the sea and makes his living through communication. But don't we all. Recent publications include Rabid Oak, Bones, and the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.

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