NC Literary Hall of Fame




The writing contests sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network will have new submission deadlines this year and in years to come.

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition will accept submissions between November 15 and January 5; all entries must be postmarked by January 5. The Rose Post contest encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories, such as reviews, travel articles, profiles, or interviews; place/history pieces; or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Southern Cultures magazine.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize will accept submissions between December 1 and the postmark deadline of January 30. This contest honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in the Thomas Wolfe Review.

The Doris Betts Fiction Prize’s submission period runs from January 1 to February 15. All entries must be postmarked by February 15. The Betts Prize awards the first-prize winner $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions between January 15 and its March 1 postmark deadline. The contest awards the winner $200, publication in the Crucible literary journal, and an invitation to read his or her poetry at UNC Greensboro’s Founders Day activities. This competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the Network.

More information, including full submission guidelines, can be found at

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