Franklin County Arts Council Names Judges for Annual Writing Contest

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By Jackie Dove-Miller

The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers’ Guild is sponsoring its third-annual FCAC Writers’ Guild Carolina Prize in writing contest.  They are happy to announce the judges for the entries: Beth Copeland judging the poetry division and Sherry Torgent the prose division. Both are award-winning authors.

Beth Copeland is the author of three full-length poetry books: Blue Honey, recipient of the 2017 Dogfish Head Poetry Prize (The Broadkill River Press 2017); Transcendental Telemarketer (BlazeVOX books 2012); and Traveling through Glass, recipient of the 1999 Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award (Bright Hill Press 2000). Her poems have been published in numerous literary magazines and anthologies and have been featured on international poetry websites. She has been profiled as poet of the week on the PBS NewsHour website. Beth teaches creative writing at St. Andrews University and lives in a log cabin in rural Scotland County, North Carolina.

Sherry Torgent is author of three young adult books. Dandelion on Fire (book 1 of the Greene Island Mystery Series) won the 2016 Benjamin Franklin IBPA gold medal for teen fiction. The second book in the series, The Curse of Viola, was a 2016 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Finalist in teen fiction. She also serves as the Publishing Manager of Blue Ink Press, a small publishing company in Raleigh, North Carolina. She lives in Raleigh with her husband of 34 years and their dog Opal.

The Carolina Prize in writing contest is open writers of any age and location for previously unpublished (this includes online publication) poetry, short stories, and essays or creative non-fiction.

Two prizes will be awarded, one for prose and the other poetry. Each prize will be $100 plus two copies of the journal and publication in the 2019 issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal. Up to five honorable mentions may also be named. They will receive publication in County Lines and one free copy. Request a copy of the contest rules by emailing

Information on the FCAC Writers’ Guild may be found at

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