The 2012 Statewide Poetry Contest is underway.
The annual event, sponsored by the NC State Creative Writing Program through the Barnhardt Family Fund, is one of the largest free literary programs in the South. The contest is open to all North Carolina residents, except those who have published a book, are tenure-track professors in the UNC system or have been a winner in one of the earlier contests.
This year’s guest judge is Barbara Ras, a poet and editorial director of Trinity University Press.
Entries must be postmarked by March 1. Winners will be announced, and Ras will read from her own work, at 7:30 p.m., April 11, at Caldwell Lounge in Caldwell Hall.
The grand prize winner will receive $500. Four honorable mentions will be chosen and there will be special prizes for undergraduate and graduate student winners.
Details on how to prepare entries can be found here. Entries should be submitted to: NCSU Poetry Contest, Campus Box 8105, English Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, 27695-8105.