By Donna Campbell Smith
The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers’ Guild is sponsoring its second annual FCAC Writers’ Guild Carolina Prize in Writing contest.
This contest is open to writers of any age and location for previously unpublished poetry, short stories, and essays or creative non-fiction. Works submitted must not have been published in print, nor in any online publication.
This year, two prizes will be awarded: one for prose and the other poetry. Each prize will be $100 plus publication in the 2017 issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal, and two copies of the journal.
Up to five “honorable mentions” will also be named. These writers will be publish in County Lines and receive one free copy.
Writers may enter as many times as they wish. There is a $10 per entry fee for the contest.
Entries and payment must be postmarked by September 15, 2016.
All submissions should be submitted with a separate, removable cover sheet containing the title of the piece and writer contact information. Evaluations will be “blind” (identifying information removed) so the cover sheet should not be attached.
The Writers Guild will reject any entries with offensive language or derogatory comments toward any person or group.
Poetry submissions should be a maximum of 30 lines. Several poems (1, 2 or 3) may be submitted together as one entry with the $10 entry fee.
Short stories should be submitted double-spaced, using a 12-point font. Stories may be up to 5 pages, no more. Each story is one entry.
Essays or creative non-fiction submissions should be double-spaced, using a 12-point font. These may be up to 3 pages. No Op-Ed pieces will be considered. Each is one entry.
Enter by mail: Send a check to the Franklin County Arts Council with “Contest entry” in the memo, to PO Box 758, Louisburg NC 27549. Optionally, writers may pay using Paypal and email entries to CountyLinesLiteraryJournal@gmail.com.
There will be no refunds.
In addition to this writing contest, the Writers Guild is accepting submissions for consideration for the 2017 County Lines. If submitting items for journal consideration, submit contest entry separately and designate it as such in the subject line of the email.
For more information on the FCAC, visit their website at www.fcacarts.org.