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/

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 […]

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? […]