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 […]

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 […]

a word from our haiku sponsor

Bloodroot Haiku Contest A haiku contest rooted in North Carolina deserves a name that is native to the state, as is the spring wild flower bloodroot, but also a name that evokes a bit of the exotic and the mysterious: who can say they have discovered bloodroot in their wanderings? Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) is common […]

submissions are open!

I am pleased to announce that we are accepting submissions to the Pinesong Awards for 2020 from now until January 12. Click https://www.ncpoetrysociety.org/adultcontests/ for full details or to submit your work. In honor of this, I’ll be posting three entries this weekend featuring the Poet Laureate Award. We’ll hear from the 2019 winner of the […]