The Annual Poetry Council of North Carolina Contest


The annual Poetry Council of North Carolina contest is now open through May 31, 2011, for adult and student poets with a North Carolina connection. Rules for the 2011 competition are posted at

Adult and student poets, as age appropriate, may enter the following categories:

1) Oscar Arnold Young Contest for a Book of Poetry;

2) Charles Shull Traditional Poetry;

3) James Larkin Pearson for Free Verse;

4) Ellen T. Johnson-Hale Light Verse;

5) Performance Poem to be judged during a live performance on Poetry Day, October 1st , at Catawba College;

6) Charlotte Young for Elementary School Students;

7) Carol Bessent Hayman for Middle School Students; and

8) Sam Ragan North Carolina Connection for High School Students; and Gladys Owings Hughes Family Heritage Contest for Free Verse.

Questions about the contest and PCNC may be e-mailed to, or call Ed Cockrell, president of PCNC, at 919.967.5834 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 919.967.5834 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.









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