Flyleaf Poetry Contest 2019

We are pleased to announce the ninth annual Flyleaf Books Second Sunday Poetry Contest. Information on rules and prizes is below; please share with local poets who may be interested.

Winners will read at Flyleaf on Sunday 10/13, 3 pm.

Prizes: The winning poet will receive a $150 Flyleaf Books gift certificate and will be a featured reader at the Second Sunday event on October 13th, 2019, at 3:00. A second place winner will receive a $50 gift certificate and will be featured reader. Two honorable mentions will each receive a $10 gift certificate and will also be featured at the October reading.

The contest will be judged by Rebecca Baggett, author of four chapbook collections, most recently God Puts on the Body of a Deer, winner of Main Street Rag's chapbook competition. Before submitting, it is essential to consider whether or not you would come to Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on the afternoon of Sunday, October 13th, to read your poem if you should place in the contest.

Submission Rules: You may submit one poem up to 60 lines in length. Your entry must be original, written by you, and not have received a monetary award or high honors from any other contest. You may submit your poem simultaneously to this contest and to other contests and publishers. We do not accept previously published poems. Submissions may not be modified after entry.

Poems written in English are eligible. Translations are not eligible, unless you are author of both the original poem and the translation. Illustrations or photos accompanying the poem will not be forwarded to the judge.

Poems should be submitted by email to with FLYLEAF CONTEST in the subject line, and your name, address, and phone number in the body of the email. Poems must be attached as a Word document with the poem's title. Your name should not be included anywhere in the poem. You will not be notified that your submission has been received. The judge will read the submissions blind. Identification of authors will be scrubbed before the entries are submitted to the judge.

If you're unsure of your eligibility, or if your submission wins an award in another contest, please send an email to with QUESTION in the subject line.

Deadlines: Poems will be accepted beginning July 1st, 2019. The submission period ends midnight, August 31, 2019. Poems received after that date will be deleted.

Winners will be informed in late September. The first and second-place winners will each be invited to read for ten minutes at the Second Sunday event at Flyleaf Books on Sunday, October 13th, 2019, at 3:00. The two honorable mentions will be invited to read for five minutes each. Prizes will be awarded during the reading.

REBECCA BAGGETT, contest judge, is the author of four chapbook collections, most recently God Puts on the Body of a Deer, winner of Main Street Rag's chapbook competition, and Thalassa, published by Finishing Line Press.  Her work has received four Pushcart nominations and has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Miramar, Ms. Magazine, New England Review, North American Review, the Southern Review, Southern Poetry Review, and Tar River Poetry.  New poems appear in Carolina Quarterly, River Styx, and Whiskey Island Review.  A North Carolina native, Rebecca Baggett has lived for many years in Athens, GA, where she works as an academic advisor for the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia.