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

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition 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  • Submissions should be one poem only (40-line limit), original, and previously unpublished.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.)
  • If submitting by mail, send submissions to:

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

 

Past Winners

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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