Posted: November 21, 2012

Paul Rice Poetry Contest winner announced

Coastal Carolina University English major Owen Macleod from Mountain Lakes, N.J., was recently named the winner of the 13th Paul Rice Poetry Broadside Series Contest. Macleod, a junior, won the contest with his poem "Splitting Worms."

Honorable mentions went to Veronica Lance, a marine science major from Cherry Hill, N.J., for her poem "How Girls Become Mermaids" and Kenneth Lewis, an English major from Bishopville, for "Trendsetters."

As the winning poet, Macleod will receive a $100 gift certificate to the CCU bookstore and 25 copies of the broadside, which will be produced by the end of the semester in an edition of 100 copies.

Noted poet Katrina Vandenburg, who judged the contest, praised Macleod's "strong sense of place" and "authentic, unexpected details."

Vandenburg is the writer in residence at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minn., and author of two books of poems, "The Alphabet Not Unlike the World" and "Atlas."

"Splitting Worms" will be available in the coming weeks. To acquire a copy or obtain any previous broadsides, contact Dan Albergotti at 843-349-2420 or albergot@coastal.edu. A donation of $1 per copy is requested to help support future competitions.

The Paul Rice Broadside Series was created by the CCU Department of English in memory of the late Paul Rice, a poet, CCU English professor and songwriter who died in 2004.

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