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The Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition has been beautifying downtown Cary since 2007. The exhibition displays the work of 12 nationally recognized artists along Academy Street for ten months. All of the works are available for purchase, and several past exhibiting sculptures have gone on to be displayed on street corners, outside of local shops, in parks, and throughout the town. This year, the Opening Night celebration will be held on July 18 at the Cary Art Center, where we will celebrate the exhibiting artists and the Arts in downtown Cary! For more information Click Here.

Call to Artists/Performers

Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis, NC, is a free festival that lets artists and performers set up without fee. Last year's festival included oil painters, jugglers, woodworkers, magicians, jewelry makers, musicians, pottery makers, live painting, writers and metal workers. The festival is open to all forms of family friendly arts, culture and performances. Festival is from Noon to 4 pm, Saturday, April 26. To register for free to be an artist vendor or performer, e-mail

Writers' Workshop of Asheville Announces Annual Poetry Contest

The contest is open to any writer regardless of residence. Deadline: Postmarked by Feb. 28, 2014.


1st Place: Your choice of a three- night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or three free online workshops; or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.

2nd Place: two-night stay at the B&B; or two free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited.

3rd Place: One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited. 10 Honorable Mentions


  • All work must be unpublished.
  • Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on a separate cover sheet.
  • The entry fee is $25 for up to three entries.
  • Multiple entries are accepted. Each poem should not exceed two pages.
  • Enclose self-sealing, self-addressed, stamped envelope for critique and list of winners.
  • Make check or money order payable to The Writers' Workshop, and mail to: Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805.
  • The entry fee is also payable at

Emailed submissions may be sent to, with "Poetry Contest" in the subject.

Calling All Writers and Poets

The Writers' Workshop of Asheville, NC, is sponsoring its 24th Annual Poetry Contest, open to any writer in the U.S. The guidelines are also posted at For questions, email, or call 828-254-8111. Writers' Retreat at Folly Beach, SC (Deadline to register: March 21) The Writers' Workshop is holding its Annual Writers' Retreat May 16-19 at Folly Beach (near Charleston, SC) - an ideal place to relax, write and review each other's work. Beginning or experienced writers of fiction, plays, non-fiction, or memoirs are welcome. The all-inclusive rate (except for meals) is $495 for a private room, or $450 shared. The commuter rate is $55 per day. The deadline to register is March 21. For more info, please go to, or contact 24th Annual Poetry Contest (Deadline: Postmarked by March 30, 2013) All work must be unpublished. Each poem should not exceed two pages. Multiple entries are accepted. Your name, address, phone email and title of work should also appear on a separate cover sheet. The entry fee is $25 for every 3 poems. All entries receive comments from the judges. Enclose self-sealing SASE for comments and winners' list, and mail to: Poetry Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC 28805. Emailed submissions may be sent to with "Poetry Contest" in the subject. The entry fee is payable online at Awards: 1ST PLACE: Your choice of a 3 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or 3 free online workshops; or 100 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff; 2nd PLACE: 2 night stay at the B&B; or 2 free workshops; or 50 pages line-edited; and 3rd PLACE: One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited.

Request for Proposals

The Process Series: New Works in Development Deadline: February 15, 2014 Artists from all performance disciplines are invited to apply with new work examining World War I: The Legacy. The Process Series at the University of North Carolina -­ Chapel Hill and the Institute for Arts and Humanities, in partnership with the World War I: The Legacy Project, seek submissions of new performance work that explores any aspect of the First World War or its legacy, including the impact of the war outside of Europe. We are especially interested in untold or little known stories. We solicit full-­length performance work in any discipline, genre or medium, from established and emerging American and international artists. Projects may be in any stage of development, provided that they can be showcased in 2014-­ 2015 season. Projects of any genre are eligible, from theater to dance, from music to mixed media. Artist(s) season. The work will be performed twice for the public. Expenses associated with performing the work in Chapel Hill will be provided, as well as a stipend for the artist(s). Apply online at Provide the following information: - A detailed description of the new work. - CV or artist's bio - A 10-page script sample or video excerpt of new work or artist's previous work - Availability to perform in Chapel Hill in August 2014-­ May 2015 Direct questions to Joseph Megel, Artist in Residence at the Department of Communication Studies, UNC-­Chapel Hill, and artistic director of the Process Series, at Explore The Process Series at Marbles Kids Museum Call for Artists

North Carolina Poetry Society (NCPS) Announces
2014 Adult Contests

Poet Laureate Award. A single prize of $100 for a serious poem, any subject, any style, maximum of 110 lines*; open to poets currently residing in North Carolina.

  • Entry fee (mail submissions): $5 for current NCPS members, $10 for non-members.
  • Entry fee (on-line submissions): $6 for current NCPS members, $12 for non-members.
  • The winning poem will be selected by the NC Poet Laureate.

Other Adult Awards.
The contests listed below are open to all poets, with the following prizes for each contest: first place, $50; second place, $25; third place, $15; up to three honorable mentions.

  • No entry fee if NC Poetry Society membership is active.
  • Otherwise, the entry fee is $3 for each poem entered by mail, $4 if submitted on-line.
  • Entrants do not have to be residents of North Carolina.

Thomas H. McDill Award: any form, any style, maximum of 70 lines*

Caldwell Nixon, Jr., Award: written by adults for children 2 to 12 years of age, any form, any style, maximum of 36 lines*

Joanna Catherine Scott Award: traditional form (except sestinas), maximum of 36 lines*

Ruth Morris Moose Sestina Award: one sestina per entrant

Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage Award: any form, any style, on the theme of American heritage, brotherhood/sisterhood, or nature, maximum of 36 lines*

Katherine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award: any form, any style, including limericks, maximum of 36 lines*

Griffin-Farlow Haiku Award: one haiku per entrant

Poetry of Courage Award: any form, any style, on the theme of courage or crisis, maximum of 36 lines*

The Carol Bessent Hayman Poetry of Love Award: any form, any style, on the theme of courage or crisis, maximum of 36 lines*

* Please note: line limits include any lines of text and title, blank lines, and epigraph

CONTEST RULES AND GUIDELINES Contest rules and guidelines and links to the on-line submission page are at Deadline for submissions is January 10, 2014. All judges will be distinguished poets residing outside North Carolina. A judge can reserve the right not to give awards. Submit one poem per category. The same poem may not be entered into more than one category. A contestant may not enter a category in which he or she won first place last year. Each entry must be original, unpublished, in English, and not currently submitted for publication or to another contest. Membership dues may be submitted with contest entries submitted by mail. Dues may also be paid on-line ( The North Carolina Poetry Society retains first publication rights for winning poems published in Pinesong, after which publication rights will return to the authors. All winning poems, including honorable mentions, will be published in the contest anthology Pinesong. NCPS reserves the right to cancel a contest if there are too few submissions.

On-line Submissions

Submissions by Mail

  • For each poem submitted, send two legible copies printed on one side of 8˝-by-11 paper.
  • On both copies type the name of the category in the upper left corner. On the duplicate copy only, type the author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address (if applicable) in the upper right corner; nonmembers add "nonmember."
Entries must be postmarked by January 10, 2014. Mail entries to: Stan Absher PO Box 99396 Raleigh, NC 27624-9396
  • Submit questions about the contest guidelines to
  • All checks should be written payable to NCPS.
  • Entries should be sent in one package with one check for the correct amount. Winners who provide an email address will be notified by email.
  • Winners should be prepared to send an electronic copy of poems on request.
  • Mail delays are not the responsibility of the NCPS. Entries arriving more than 7 calendar days after the deadline will not be considered and checks will be returned.
  • While you can send your membership dues in with your contest entry, all NCPS membership questions should be sent to: Scott Owens ( or Allison Elrod (

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