Johnston County Heritage Center Call for Submissions Open for Literary and Historical Journal

Johnston County Heritage Center, Smithfield, North Carolina. Photo: Kay Whatley
Johnston County Heritage Center, Smithfield, North Carolina. Photo: Kay Whatley

The Johnston County Heritage Center, located in Smithfield, North Carolina, has opened the Call for Submissions for Johnston County-related short stories, essays, and poems. Entries will be judged, and selected writings included in the inaugural Johnston County Literary and Historical Journal to be published by the Heritage Center.

Adults may submit short stories, essays, and poems for  consideration. Submissions must highlight relative topics, personal experiences, and life in Johnston County, including family generational stories of interest involving cultural and environmental changes over the years. County residence is not required to enter.

Each entry must be unpublished, and the original work of the person submitting it for consideration.  The deadline for submissions is October 10, 2021.

There is no fee to enter. For Submission Guidelines, including word/line limits, click here (PDF).

The Johnston County Literary and Historical Journal is scheduled for publication in late fall 2021. The Heritage Center “preserves the history and material culture of Johnston County, NC for the educational benefit of its citizens and visitors; and it promotes the understanding of and appreciation for its past through interpretive exhibits, programs, and publications.” This Journal serves as a part of these tasks.

The Heritage Center, founded in 1997, is a department of the Johnston County Government. It is located at 241 East Market Street, Smithfield, NC. For more information, visit or call 919.934.2836.

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