The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers’ Guild is sponsoring its fifth annual FCAC Writers’ Guild Carolina Prize writing contest. It is open to writers of any age and location for previously unpublished (this includes online publication) poetry, short stories, and essays or creative non-fiction.
This year, two prizes will be awarded: one for prose and the other poetry. Each prize will be $100 plus two copies of and publication in the 2020 issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal.
Up to five honorable mentions will also be named. Honorable mentions will receive publication in County Lines and one free copy.
The Carolina Prize entry fee is $10 for each entry. You may enter as many times as you wish at $10/entry. Submissions will be accepted starting March 15, 2019. Entries and payment must be postmarked no later than August 15, 2019 for an entry to be considered.
Carolina Prize contest guidelines:
All submissions should be blind (no identifying information except the title) and accompanied by a cover sheet with the title of the piece and your name and contact info. We will reject any entries with offensive language or derogatory comments toward any person or group.
Poems: Maximum 30 lines excluding the title(s), single-spaced, and 1-3 poems will count as one entry.
Prose: Double-spaced, 12-point font, maximum 1500 words. One prose piece is one entry.
Submit your contest entry by email to FCACCarolinaWritingPrize@gmail.com.
Write checks to the Franklin County Arts Council with “Contest entry” in the memo. There will be no refunds. Mail entries to Franklin County Arts Council, PO Box 758, Louisburg, NC 27549.
The FCAC Writers’ Guild is online at fcacarts.org/writers_guild.aspx.
NOTE: If you want your piece also considered for publication in County Lines, you must submit it separately to CountyLinesLiteraryJournal@gmail.com. There is no additional fee to submit separate entry to County Lines.
Last Year’s Carolina Prize Winners
Source: Ellen Queen, Franklin County Arts Council