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 Poetry Contest 

  • Contest is CLOSED.
  • Open to all CWC members and to non-member residents of the North and South Carolina.
  • Contest is for poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded.
  • Entries must be original and unpublished.  This includes blogs, Facebook, websites and any other digital media.
  • Poems must be single-spaced.
  • Please follow guidelines in General Manuscript Requirements, Eligibility & Submission Information.
  • Multiple entries are NOT allowed. Choose your best poem to submit.
  • Entry Fee: CWC Members: $15, Non-members: $20, Undergraduate students: $10
  • Prizes: First Place (one will be awarded in both the general and undergraduate categories): $150, Second Place: $75, Third Place: $25
  • Prizes will be awarded in April at the CWC general meeting.
  • For inquiries or questions, contact David Poston, Contest Chair.


Poetry Contest Judge 

Terri Kirby Erickson


Terri Kirby Erickson was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is the author of five full-length collections of award-winning poetry, including Thread Count (2006), Telling Tales of Dusk (2009), In the Palms of Angels (2011), A Lake of Light and Clouds (2014), and Becoming the Blue Heron (2017). 


Erickson's work has appeared in American Life in Poetry, Asheville Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Christian Science Monitor, Journal of the American Medical AssociationLiterary Mama, NASA News & Notes, North Carolina Literary Review, Poet's Market, storySouthThe Writer's Almanac, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, and many others.

Awards and honors include the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize, Nazim Hikmet Award, Atlanta Review International Publication Prize, Nautilus Silver Book Award, Poetry for Their Freedom Award, 2013 Leidig Lectureship in Poetry, and many others. 


She lives with her husband in North Carolina, and is the mother of a grown daughter.

Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in numerous literary journals, anthologies and other publications, including: 2013 Poet’s Market, Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry, Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac, Annals of Internal Medicine, A Prairie Journal, Artemis Journal, Asheville Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Basilica Review, Bay Leaves, Blue Fifth Review, Bop Dead City, Boston Literary Magazine, Broad River Review, Christian Science Monitor, Connotation Press, Cowboy Poetry, Cutthroat, Dead Mule, Eclectica, Dappled Things, Eunoia Review, Flutter, Forsyth Woman, Foundling Review, Garo, Green Briar Review, Hektoen International: A Journal of Medical Humanities, Iodine, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Kakalak, Literary Mama, Long Story Short, MockingHeart Review, Muse India, NASA News & Notes, Nibble, North Carolina Literary Review, Oak Bend Review, The Ofi Press, O’Henry, PainPathways, Parent:Wise Austin, Paris Voice, Pinesong, Pirene’s Fountain, Pisgah Review, Poetica Magazine, Prairie Wolf Press, Red River Review, Relief: A Christian Literary Expression, Salt, Sandy River Review, Scythe, Seeding the Snow, Smoking Poet, storySouth, The Christian Century, The Rusty Nail, Thieves Jargon, Time of Singing: A Magazine of Christian Poetry, Toasted Cheese, To the Bone, Tryst, 27 rue de fleures, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Verse Daily, Wild Goose Poetry Review, Word Salad, Your Daily Poem, and others, as well as in a variety of anthologies published by Old Mountain Press, Silver Boomer Books, the Hickory Women’s Resource Center, the Cape Fear River Foundation, Main Street Rag (Kakalak), Texas Review Press (The Southern Poetry Anthology) and others.


Her articles and essays have appeared in national and international publications, including Maria Shriver’s Architects for Change, O.Henry Magazine, PainPathways, Land Rover Monthly, BoomerCafe, Broad Street Review, Winston-Salem Journal, and more.


She has taught poetry workshops in libraries, high schools, universities, churches, medical centers, and other venues, and was an instructor in the continuing education program at Salem College.  She was also chosen as the 2013 Leidig Keynote Poet at Emory & Henry College (previous poets awarded this honor include former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Mark Doty, Kelly Cherry and other nationally lauded poets).


Terri Kirby Erickson is the 2018 Secretary/Treasurer of the North Carolina Writers Conference, and a member of the North Carolina Poetry Society and the North Carolina Writers’ Network. She will be happy to speak at your book club, conference, social club, university, medical center, etc.  You can contact her at for further information about speaking engagements!

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