Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Series Poetry Contest

Flyleaf Books Second Thursday Poetry Series

Eighth Annual Poetry Contest



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

Prizes: The winning poet will receive a $150 Flyleaf Books gift certificate and will be a featured reader at the Second Thursday event on October 11th, 2018. 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 Peter Makuck, the founder and editor of Tar River Poetry from 1978 to 2006.


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 flyleafpoetrycontest (at) gmail (dot) com 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. 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 flyleafpoetrycontest (at) gmail (dot) com with QUESTION in the subject line.

Deadlines: Poems will be accepted beginning July 1st, 2018. The submission period ends midnight, August 31, 2018. 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 Thursday event at Flyleaf Books on Thursday, October 11, 2018. The two honorable mentions will be invited to read for five minutes each. Prizes will be awarded during the reading.


Peter Makuck was twice winner of the Brockman-Campbell Award for the best book of poetry by a North Carolinian.  His Long Lens: New & Selected Poems was published in 2010 by BOA Editions, Ltd. and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. In the fall of 2016, BOA Editions also published his sixth volume of poetry, Mandatory Evacuation. His poems and stories, essays and reviews have appeared in The Georgia Review, North American Review, The Gettysburg Review, The Hudson Review, Poetry, Cimmaron Review, Yale Review, News & Observer, and others.  He is Distinguished Professor emeritus at East Carolina University where he founded and edited Tar River Poetry from 1978 to 2006.