2019 sestina award winner

Barbara Blanks won first prize in The Ruth Morris Moose Sestina Award for 2019. She is the author of five poetry books, a non-fiction cancer journey book, and co-author of a young adult novel. She sent along a short poem from one of her books and chose to answer four of my inquiries. Here it …

poetry of love judge

Our judge for the Carol Bessent Hayman Poetry of Love Award is Dr. Marcia L. Hurlow, a professor at Asbury University in Wilmore, Kentucky, since 1983. Her poems, short stories and creative non-fiction have been published in more than 300 literary journals. She has won national and state-wide fellowships in poetry, including the Kentucky Al …

inspiration and edification

While making preparations for the Pinesong Awards, I’ve been contemplating what the contests have to offer. The opportunity to have some world-class poets read your work. The incentive to explore different themes and forms. The chance that your work will win an award and be published. Then I asked myself, can we expand on that? …

A Little History

In 1932 a small group of devotees met in Charlotte and formed the North Carolina Poetry Society. Since its beginning, the society has fostered the writing of poetry and contests, for adults and children, have been integral to that effort. 2020 will see the 56th volume of this anthology. Now the North Carolina Poetry Society’s …