Poetry in Plain Sight

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Poetry in Plain Sight, a Winston Salem Writers initiative in collaboration with North Carolina Poetry Society, features North Carolina poets and their poetry in street-visible locations. 

Submissions open November 1, 2018 through January 7, 2019. Poems will be on public display each month in Winston-Salem and associated cities, including New Bern, NC. 

Poets will be notified on or before February 7, 2019 and if chosen, will receive a complimentary copy of their poem and be invited to read at a Poetry in Plain Sight, Live! event.

Poems are specially formatted onto posters and placed in arts districts and downtown areas. 

Submission Guidelines:

Because poems are formatted specifically for public viewing, the following size  limitations apply:
  • no longer than 20 lines, including space breaks
    • line length not to exceed 4-1/2 inches, 12-point type
    • poems that have "breathing room" in their structure present the best. Dense blocks of text do not.
To submit:
  • You must be a current resident of North Carolina.
  • Format 1-3 poems into one document, doc or docx file type.
  • Your name may appear on the document.
  • Enter as many times as you wish, but only 1-3 poems per entry. Entries with more than three poems will be disqualified.
  • Previously published poems are acceptable.
  • Cover sheet should include poem titles, name, mailing address, phone, email address and a brief bio.