the Internet Poetic

Early last year, when Italy was the first country to issue stay-at-home orders, I came across a video on Twitter. It showed the tenants of an apartment complex standing on their balconies and making music together across the empty space of a courtyard. There was no commentary, no explanation. Just the shakiness of a handheld …

Big Ole Comprehensive Guide to the Contests

This post gathers information and inspirations for all 11 contests, with definitions of each award category and a list of links for further exploration. If you are seeking guidance for your entries, you will find it below. Please note that all line counts should include the title, blank lines (after the title and between stanzas, …

the need for poetry

This year as I prepare for the Pinesong Awards for 2021, I am struck by the need for poetry. Poetry and humanity go hand-in-hand. At no time time in our history have we not expressed ourselves through the lyric use of language. The very act draws us together. When I asked our NCPS treasurer, Bill …

a poem for every occasion

North Carolina Poetry Society’s treasurer, Bill Griffin, adds a poem to each of his financial reports. Presented at every board meeting, it serves as a reminder of a what we’re working for. Think of how different the world would be if this was true of all kinds of communication. Every menu, all the brochures, each …

getting ready for 2021

We are busily making preparations for the Pinesong Awards for 2021, which will be ready for submissions starting November 14. In the meantime, you can check out all the award winning poems for 2020 through the North Carolina Poetry Society’s website at https://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/contests/pinesong_2020_e-file/

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 …

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 …