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Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series

a competition open to currently enrolled Coastal Carolina students

The Coastal Carolina English Department is pleased to announce the winner of the 13th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest.

The final judge, poet Katrina Vandenberg ofSaint Paul,Minnesota, selected “Splitting Worms” by Owen Macleod as the winner. Owen will receive a $100.00 gift card to the Coastal Carolina bookstore and 25 copies of the broadside, which will be produced by the end of the semester in an edition of 100 numbered copies. Please join me in congratulating Owen for his winning poem.

Vandenberg also awarded honorable mention to Veronica Lance’s “How Girls Become Mermaids” and Kenneth Lewis’s “Trendsetters.”

Commenting on her selection of “Splitting Worms,” Vandenberg said this:

There’s a strong sense of place in this poem, and the author uses authentic, unexpected details. But it was the poet’s use of language in the third and fourth stanzas that really won me over: “The light cracks through the trees / and splashes on the lawn, fragmented like a Pollock. / There’s no wind and the dry, brittle ends of wheat / float away with the horse’s legs.” I find that, with memorable poems, it’s hard for me to sum up what I admire without simply restating part of the poem itself; this poem is no exception.

 “Splitting Worms” will be available in the next few weeks. Those wishing to acquire a copy of the broadside should contact Dan Albergottiin the Department of English (albergot@coastal.edu, 843-349-2420).

The deadline for the 14th contest in the Paul Rice series will be announced early in the spring semester 2013.

We thank everyone who participated in this semester’s contest and invite all Coastal undergraduate students who will be registered in the spring to consider submitting a poem next semester.

About the contest judge

Katrina Vandenberg is the author of two books of poems, The Alphabet Not Unlike the World and Atlas, both published by Milkweed Editions. A recipient of fellowships from the Bush Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, and the MacDowell Colony, she is writer in residence at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota.


Previous broadsides in the series are still available. Those wishing to obtain copies should contact Dan Albergotti in the Department of English (albergot@coastal.edu, 843-349-2420). A small requested donation of $1.00 per copy goes directly to support the continuation of the Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series.  Thank you for your support.

The Coastal Carolina English Department is pleased to announce the 14th contest in The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series


1. Entrants must be currently enrolled at Coastal Carolina University. Previous winners of the contest are ineligible.

2. Submit one poem as a Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf) document attached to an email to Dan Albergotti, Coordinator of Creative Writing (albergot@coastal.edu).  Include the following in the text of the email message: your name, your email address, your telephone number, and the title of your poem.  Your name should only appear in the text of the email message; do not include your name in the attached document with your poem.

3. Your poem must be 40 or fewer lines.  Poems longer than 40 lines will be disqualified.  There is no restriction concerning subject, style, or form.

4. Poems must be submitted by the announced deadline.  There is no entry fee.

5. The winning poem will be selected by an outside judge to be named later.  

6. The winning poem will be published as a broadside in an edition of 100 copies.  The winning poet will receive a $100.00 gift certificate to the Coastal Carolina Bookstore and 25 copies of the broadside.

7. The winning poem may also be featured in Archarios.


This series is named in honor and memory of

Paul Rice, professor of English at Coastal Carolina from 1987 to 2004.

Previous Winners of The Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series



Country Summers, Country Songs


Living in the days of Noah



Seriously Funny

Knock-Off Nature