student awards

North Carolina Poetry Society’s wonderful Student Contests Director, Arianna Del Palazzo, has been hard at work organizing the contests for students from grade 3 and up. The winning poems will published alongside our adult winners in the Pinesong awards anthology. The student poets will also be invited to read their work at Awards Day. Here …

awards announcement!

It’s that time! Our 12 judges have made their selections for the North Carolina Poetry Society Pinesong Awards for 2020. Many of them pointed out that the process was both challenging and rewarding given the high quality of the submissions. North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green wrote, “It is both delightful and inspiring to …

fantastical magical notebooks

Happy New Year, poets! It’s hard to believe it, but we are one week away from the Pinesong Awards submission deadline. Between researching and writing this blog, processing entries, and keeping up with the North Carolina Poetry Society board of directors, I have logged more computer time than ever over the last few months. This …

from NC to NYC

The 2019 edition of Pinesong is heading to the Big Apple. Poets House, a national poetry library and literary center, has added the 55th Volume of the North Carolina Poetry Society’s awards anthology to its collection of over 70,000 poetry books. In addition to its inclusion in the collection, Pinesong 2019 will be on exhibit …

five added benefits

Why should you enter a poetry contest? If you’re answer is “to win a prize,” you may be selling the experience short. Winning a prize is great but if you want to get the maximum benefit out of entering a contest, ask yourself how it can enhance your writing. Consider these five approaches: Finish new …

traditional challenge

Hello there, poet. Since you are reading this, I’d like to propose a challenge: write something in a traditional poetic form that is new to you and submit it to the Joanna Catherine Scott Award. Why should you accept this challenge? For one thing, writing in a traditional form is wonderful practice for writing in …

5 tips from the director

We have roughly seven weeks left in the submission period for our 2020 contests. Poems are starting to roll in nicely, and I think the time is right for some tips. Double check your line count: every contest has a line limit. Read the rules carefully to see the limit for each contest. Submissions that …