NCCDA Poetry & Poster Contest

53rd Annual Poetry & Poster Contest
November is National Career Development Month

The National Career Development Association is hosting the 53rd Annual Poetry & Poster Contest in celebration of National Career Development Month in November.  Every adult and student enrolled in public, private, and parochial schools are eligible. During the month of November, schools from across the state hold local, school, and district wide contests to celebrate National Career Development Month.

Local winning entries in poetry, original art, and mixed media art are sent to the State Contest, hosted by the North Carolina Career Development Association.  State winners move on to the National Contest.  North Carolina has had many national winners in the past.  We hope to have even more this year.

The theme for this year’s contest is Using Career to Break Barriers, Empower Lives & Achieve Equity.  Click here for the 2018 Entry Form and Details. We are looking forward to receiving entries for the contest from your school.  For additional information, resources, and ideas on how to celebrate National Career Development Month, please click here for more NCDA contest details.

Below are the State contest deadlines.  Please be mindful of the deadlines. Note all entries must go through either a school, local, district, or county contest.

State Contest Timeline and Deadlines EXTENDED!:

  • October-November – Advertise and hold local, district, and/or county contests
  • November – Announce school or local winners (1st-3rd place); send to county wide or district wide contest by November 12, if applicable
  • By December 20, 2018– Send 1-3rd place county-wide or district-wide winning entries to:

Amy Willard
1227 Old Mill Road
Pinnacle, NC 27043

  • If you do not have a county wide or district wide contest, then school or local winners need to be sent by December 20 date as well.
  • February 2019 – State winners will be notified (1st prize – $50, 2nd prize – $25, 3rd prize – $10; all winners receive a certificate)
  • April 2019 – National winners will be posted

Thank you for your help in making this a successful contest for the state of NC.

Questions?  Please contact:
Amy Schroeder-
Amy Willard –
Co-Chairs NCCDA Poetry and Poster Contest and National Career Development Month

2018 Poetry & Poster Contest Winners announced!

2018 Theme:   Leading the Way to a Future Full of Possibilities!

Susan Brown, 2nd Place, Poetry, Adult Open Division

Sophie Benkusky, 3rd Place, Poetry, Middle Division

Cole Walker, 2nd Place, Poster C1, Middle Division

Carson Buie, 3rd Place, Poster C1, Middle Division

Shanna Roberts, 1st Place, Poster C2, Adult Open Division

Claudia Moise-Stancu, 2nd Place, Poster C2, Middle Division

Amanda Hernley, 3rd Place, Poster C2, Middle Division