Enter Annual “Carolina Prize” Writing Contest Beginning Jan. 15

Carolina Prize contest 2022. Source: Kim Beall, FCAC Writers Guild
Carolina Prize contest 2022. Source: Kim Beall, FCAC Writers Guild

The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC)  Writers’ Guild will begin accepting submissions for the annual “Carolina Prize for Writing Contest” on January 15, 2022. Writers of all ages are welcome to submit poetry, prose, or cover art between January 15 and the deadline of March 15, 2022. Contest entries must be original, unpublished works submitted by their creator.

The Writers’ Guild, based in Louisburg, North Carolina, accepts contest entries from around the world.  Three winning entries will be selected from submissions received by the deadline, with one winner each in the Prose, Poetry, and Cover Art categories. Winners will receive $100 and have their winning entry published in the upcoming 10th-anniversary edition of County Lines: A Literary Journal – the annual publication of the FCAC Writers’ Guild.

The contest entry fee is $10 per entry. Entries must be emailed and payments received by March 15, 2022. There will be one winner in each category:

  • Prose: may include short stories (fiction), essays, or creative nonfiction up to 2,000 words maximum
  • Poetry: entries may be as short as a few lines or up to a maximum of 30 lines
  • Cover Art: entries may be paintings, drawings, or photographs in color.

In addition to the $100 prize, each of the winning entries will be published in the 10th anniversary volume, the 2023 County Lines: A Literary Journal. Winners will also receive two free copies of the journal

Up to five honorable mentions may also be named in each of the categories and published in the journal; honorable mention creators will receive one copy of the journal.

County Lines: A Literary Journal is an annual literary anthology compiled by the Writers’ Guild. The 2023 journal will be published in November/December 2022.

Said Donna Campbell Smith: “This year, we will publish our 10th edition of County Lines! When we published the first one, my hope was we’d become a respected literary journal and folks whose work is published in it could be proud to add that to their list of credits. I think we have accomplished that goal. We have, over the years, gained attention not only throughout the state, but have had submissions from all over the country, and even internationally with submissions from Canada and Africa.”

Journal volumes from prior years are available at Amazon.com and in the FCAC gallery in Louisburg, NC.

To request the Carolina Prize for Writing Contest Guidelines, email fcacwriterscontest@fcacarts.org.

Contest proceeds go toward prizes, journal publication costs, and Writers’ Guild activities in Franklin County and beyond.

Visit www.fcacarts.org or Follow the arts council on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.


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