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Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition
Postmark deadline: March 1 (annual)
Submissions accepted: January 15 – March 1

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network, accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication in storySouth. Questions may be directed to Terry L. Kennedy, Associate Director, MFA Writing Program, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • The postmark deadline is March 1
  • Entries can be submitted one of two ways:
    1. Send one printed copy through the U.S. Postal Service (see guidelines and address below), along with a check for the appropriate fee, made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network.
    2. Submit an electronic copy online at http://ncwriters.submittable.com, and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
  • Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Poem will not be returned. If submitting by mail, include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a list of winner and finalists. The winner and finalists will be announced in May.
  • An entry fee must accompany the poem. Multiple submissions are accepted, one poem per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $15 for nonmembers.
  • You may pay member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Submissions should be one poem only (40-line limit), original, and previously unpublished*.
  • Poem must be typed (single-spaced) and stapled in the left-hand corner.
  • Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
  • When you submit online at https://ncwriters.submittable.com/submit, Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($15 NCWN members / $25 non-members). (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information. For more information about Submittable, click here.)
    • To submit as a Member of NCWN ($10), click here.
    • To submit as a Non-Member of NCWN ($15), click here.
  • If submitting by mail, send submissions to:

Terry L. Kennedy
MFA Writing Program
3302 MHRA Building
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

 

*"Published" means the work has appeared for public consumption in any form: print, online, digital, etc.

Has it appeared in a magazine or journal, of any size or circulation? Then it's been published. Has it appeared on a blog, even one hardly anybody reads? Then it's published.

Audio book? E-book? Free download? 'Zine, mimeographed and stapled in 1995? Published.

For our contests, we're looking for new work, fresh work, work unseen by anyone outside your immediate family and/or critique group. Shine a light on your published work in your portfolio, and submit your new work for one (or more) of our annual prizes. Good luck.

 

Past Winners

2019
First Place: Alan Michael Parker, Davidson, NC
Runner-Up: Annie Woodford, Wilkesboro, NC
Honorable Mention: Michael Boccardo
Honorable Mention: Sandra Ann Winters, Winston-Salem, NC
Honorable Mention: Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Boone, NC

2018
First Place: Sylvia Freeman, Durham, NC
First Runner-Up: Luke Hankins, Asheville, NC

2017
First Place: Lisa Zerkle, Charlotte, NC
First Runner-Up: Eric Smith, Carrboro, NC

2016
First Place: Sarah Huener, Durham, NC
First Runner-Up: Ruth Moose, Pittsboro, NC
Honorable Mention: Maria Rouphail, Raleigh, NC

2015
First Place: Gabrielle Brant Freeman, Greenville, NC
First Runner-Up: Ann Deagon, Greensboro, NC
Second Runner-Up: Ralph Earle, Chapel Hill, NC
Honorable Mention: Malaika King Albrecht, Ayden, NC
Honorable Mention: Luke Hankins, Asheville, NC
Honorable Mention: Michael White, Wilmington, NC

2014
First Place: Alan Michael Parker, Davidson, NC
First Runner-Up: Maureen A. Sherbondy, Raleigh, NC
Honorable Mention: Melissa Hassard, Triad, NC
Honorable Mention: Kathryn Kirkpatrick, Vilas, NC

2013
First Place: Alan Michael Parker, Davidson, NC
Runner-Up: Joseph Mills, Winston-Salem, NC
Honorable Mention: Katherine Soniat, Asheville, NC
Honorable Mention: Ross White, Durham, NC

2012
First Place: Michael Gaspeny, Greensboro, NC
Runner-Up: Sandra Ann Winters, Winston-Salem, NC
Runner-Up: Dannye Romine Powell, Charlotte, NC

2011
First Place: Dannye Romine Powell, Charlotte, NC
Runner-Up:Mary Jo Amani, Swannanoa, NC
Honorable Mention: Terri Kirby Erickson, Lewisville, NC
Honorable Mention: Maureen A. Sherbondy, Raleigh, NC
Honorable Mention: Nancy Martin Young

2010
First Place: Rebecca Warren, Greensboro, NC
Honorable Mention: Jeff Miles, Greensboro, NC
Honorable Mention: Dannye Romine Powell, Charlotte, NC
Honorable Mention: Lynn Veach Sadler, Sanford, NC

2009
First Place: Catherine Carter, Cullowhee, NC
Honorable Mention: Marjorie Hudson, Pittsboro, NC
Honorable Mention: Jeff Miles, Greensboro, NC
Honorable Mention: Mary Elizabeth Parker, Greensboro, NC
Honorable Mention: Rebecca Warren, Greensboro, NC

2008
First Place: Joanna Catherine Scott, Chapel Hill, NC
Honorable Mention: Allison Elrod, Davidson, NC
Honorable Mention: Marjorie Hudson, Pittsboro, NC

 
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