Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

Contest ending today.



Entry Fees

$10 for NCWN members, $15 for nonmembers


$200 and publication in storySouth


The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication in storySouth.

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:
– 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.
– 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– Submissions should be one poem only (40-line limit), original, and previously unpublished*.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

*”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.

Contact Information

Questions may be directed to Terry L. Kennedy, Associate Director, MFA Writing Program, at [email protected].



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