Final Deadline for WNC Regional Online Poetry Competition Approaches

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The Caldwell Arts Council in Lenoir is currently accepting entries for the inaugural Western NC Regional Online Poetry Competition.

Sponsored by Blue Ridge Energy, the competition is open to writers 18 and up who live in one of the 31 Western North Carolina counties. Submissions of up to two original poems will be accepted through the deadline of midnight on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.

The competition will feature preliminary judge David Prather of Parkersburg, West Virginia with final judge being Ohio Poet Laureate Kari Gunter-Seymour.


A total of $1200 in cash prizes will be awarded with $500 going to first place. Winning poems will be posted on the Caldwell Arts Council website, and winning writers will have the opportunity to join the judges in an online poetry reading via Zoom on the evening of Thursday, October 22, 2020.

For complete competition information including counties of residence, electronic submission guidelines and payment of the $10 entry fee, please visit