Franklin County NC Writers Guild Accepting Submissions for Free Fiction Contest

Nancy Peacock will be the final judge in the DD’s Starving Writers Contest. Source: Donna Campbell Smith
Nancy Peacock will be the final judge in the DD’s Starving Writers Contest. Source: Donna Campbell Smith

By Donna Campbell Smith

The Franklin County Writers’ Guild is the recipient of an anonymous gift to fund a free fiction writers contest titled DD’s Starving Writers Contest.

This will be a one-time only fiction contest with the following prizes:

  • 1st place:  $500
  • 2nd place  $250
  • 3rd place:  $100

The final judge for the contest is Nancy Peacock, the author of the novels Life Without Water (chosen as a New York Times Notable Book), Home Across the Road, and The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, as well as the memoir and “writing-in-the-real-world” guide A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning and Life. Peacock was Piedmont Laureate in 2018. She has facilitated several writing workshops and retreats for women. Her free Prompt Writing Class has been active since 2003 and continues to gain in popularity.

The following contest guidelines must be strictly adhered to for submissions to be accepted:

The contest is only accepting fiction writing, which may include short stories or novel excerpts.

Submission dates are December 1, 2018 through May 1, 2019.

Email manuscripts not exceeding 3000 words, double spaced, 12 pt Time Roman font.

Submissions shall not have been previously published and only one submission per author. Send only your own original work. FCAC members of the contest committee, or anyone associated with this contest may not enter.

Your manuscript should not have your name or any identifying information on it. All contact information: Name, title of submission, address, phone number, email address and a short author bio must be on a separate cover page.

Send entries and cover page as email attachments to

Winners will be announced in early August 2019; prizes will be given in late November.

Winners may be eligible published in 2020 County Lines: A Literary Journal. With questions, contact Jackie Dove-Miller, contest chairperson, at

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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 or ask for them at a bookstore near you. Donna is a member of Franklin County Arts Council. Visit her website at