Poetry contest gives students a chance to work with author

Staff report

October 6, 2013

Laurinburg — Students in middle school, high school or college and adults in 32 North Carolina counties are invited to submit poetry to the central region of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series.

Richmond, Robeson and Scotland are included in the central region. A complete list, along with an application, is available at The deadline for entry is Oct. 11.

Each student selected in the Central Region will have the opportunity to work with the Distinguished Poet Lynn Veach Sadler. Students will send their poetry to her for comments and suggestions, will meet with her to discuss the work, and will then read selected poems at one local venue and also at the Central Regional Reading hosted by St. Andrews University.

Sadler is in her first year as the Distinguished Poet in the central region. A former college president, she has been published widely in both academic and creative writing publications. Her work has earned such honors as the Pittsburgh Quarterly Hay Prize, the Poetry Society of America’s Hemley Award, Asphodel’s Poetry Contest and Kalliope’s Elkind Contest. She has published several chapbooks and had one story included in Del Sol’s Best of 2004 Butler Prize Anthology.

Sadler was named the 2007 Writer of the Year by California’s elizaPress. She won the 2009 overall award of the San Diego City College National Writer’s Contest and City Works Journal.

Material can be submitted electronically to Dr. Ted Wojtasik at or mailed to Dr. Ted Wojtasik, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series, St. Andrews University, 1700 Dogwood Mile, Laurinburg, NC 28352.

The Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series originated in 2003 upon the advice of then North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell. It is named after Chappell and former NCPS president Marie Gilbert.