Western NC Regional Online Poetry Competition

Seventy-nine poets submitted a total of 145 poems for this inaugural competition. All poems were reviewed by preliminary judge David B. Prather of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and award selections were made by Kari Gunter-Seymour, Poet Laureate of Ohio.

Poems are printed with permission below. When viewed, the five placed award-winning poems are immediately followed by comments from final judge Kari Gunter-Seymour.

2020 Western NC Online Poetry Competition Winners

First Place: When you tell me I’m being racist
Catherine Carter, Cullowhee, NC
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Second Place: The Ottoman Empire
For Selma, My Sitti
Elizabeth Harris Brandes, Hickory, NC
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Third Place: The River at World’s End
Benjamin Cutler, Whittier, NC
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Fourth Place: Lessons from the Field
Anne Maren-Hogan, Burnsville, NC
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Fifth Place: Figs
Joyce Compton Brown, Troutman, NC
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Honorable Mention Winners

Nocturnal Howl Before Compline
Jenny Bates, Germanton, NC
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Old Barn
Les Brown, Troutman, NC
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Bluegills take part in the creation of the world
Catherine Carter, Cullowhee, NC
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Prayer for a New Trail
Bill Griffin, Elkin, NC
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September Sunset
Benjamin Cutler, Whittier, NC
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This competition
was made possible
through the generosity
of Blue Ridge Energy.