The North Carolina Writers' Network is now accepting submissions for three annual competitions. These contests offer members and non-members the chance to put their work in front of industry professionals around the state--fellow authors, publishers, and editors--and gain recognition that will further their career. But the postmark deadlines are fast approaching, so the time to submit is now.
January 17 marks the deadline for the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, which 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. Award-winning author Anne Clinard Barnhill will be the final judge.
January 30 is the deadline for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honoring internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. Acclaimed author Josephine Humphreys will serve as the final judge.
Finally, the Network is accepting submissions for the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. This competition honors acclaimed author and North Carolina native Doris Betts. The prize awards the first-place winner $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. Finalists will also be considered for publication in NCLR. The postmark deadline is February 15.
The distinguished judges are a large part of what makes these competitions so prestigious. Anne Clinard Barnhill, who will judge the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, has signed a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press. Her debut novel, At the Mercy of the Queen, was published in January, 2012. Her poetry chapbook, Coal, Baby, will also appear in early 2012 from Finishing Line Press. She is the author of two books: What You Long For (Main Street Rag, 2009—short-story collection) and At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister, and Me (Jessica Kingsley, 2007—memoir). Her articles and short stories have appeared in a variety of newspapers, literary anthologies, and magazines. Her work has won various awards and grants.
Josephine Humphreys, final judge of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, is a recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of Dreams of Sleep (winner of the 1985 Ernest Hemingway Award for first fiction), Rich in Love, The Fireman's Fair, and Nowhere Else on Earth.
The North Carolina Literary Review, which will choose the winner and finalists for the Doris Betts Fiction Prize, is entering its twentieth year of publication and has been called "the state's literary journal of record."
For more information on all three contests, including submission guidelines. visit www.ncwriters.org.