FCAC Writers’ Guild Writing Contest Deadline is Sept 15

Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guilde logo
Franklin County Arts Council Writers Guilde logo

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This contest is open to writers of any age and location for previously unpublished poetry, short stories, and essays or creative non-fiction.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.

Cover for 2015 Franklin County NC Writers Guild literary journal.
Cover for 2015 Franklin County NC Writers Guild literary journal.
About Donna Campbell Smith 61 Articles
Donna Campbell Smith, an author based in Franklinton NC, worked in the horse industry for over thirty years as an instructor, trainer, breeder, and writer. She has an AAS Degree in Equine Technology from Martin Community College and is a certified riding instructor. Smith has written four non-fiction books on equine management: The Book of Donkeys, (The Lyons Press 2016) The Book of Miniature Horses (The Lyons Press 2005), The Book of Draft Horses (The Lyons Press 2007), and The Book of Mules (The Lyons Press 2009. All her books are available at Amazon.com or ask for them at a bookstore near you. Donna is a member of Franklin County Arts Council. Visit her website at www.donnacampbellsmith.com.