The Charlotte Writers' Club hosts seven annual contests. Writers may enter more than one contest and submit multiple entries. However, contest entries that have placed in any CWC contest are no longer eligible for future submission, regardless of calendar year. For example, if you win honorable mention or first, second, or third place in the Members Prize, you may not submit that piece again for the CWC Nonfiction Contest.
For guidelines, deadlines and area restriction, see general contest eligibility information below, or click on each individual contests for specific guidelines.
Click here for General Manuscript Requirements, Eligibility & Submission Information
All CWC Contests
Contests appear in order of their deadlines throughout the club's year.
Click on the contest name for more details.
Children's Story Contest (open to NC/SC residents of all ages)
Deadline: January 21, 2014.
Fiction for readers 8-12 years old, from 500-1200 words.
Anthony Abbott Undergraduate Poetry Competition
Deadline: February 1, 2014.
For North Carolina full-time or part-time undergraduate students. 40 lines maximum.
Deane Ritch Lomax Poetry Prize
Deadline: March 18, 2014.
Poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded.
Ruth Moose Flash Fiction Prize
Deadline: April 15, 2014.
Short fiction of up to 500 words.
Elizabeth Simpson Smith Contest
Deadline: May 20, 2014.
A short story between 1500-4000 words.
Members Prize (poetry, fiction & nonfiction)
Deadline: October 15, 2013. (CLOSED)
For members only in all genres.
CWC Nonfiction Contest (article/essay)
Deadline: November 19, 2013. (CLOSED)
Nonfiction from 750-2000 words.
General Eligibility, Entry Fees & Manuscript Requirements
- Entries must be original and unpublished.
- Two successive first prizes in any one category make the winner ineligible for that category for one year.
- Entries that have placed in any CWC contest are no longer eligible for future submission, regardless of calendar year.
- Some contests are limited only to members, residents of the Carolinas, etc. Please see individual contest guidelines.
- Multiple entries are allowed, but a separate fee must accompany each.
- Email Contest Chairs with questions at email@example.com.
- Name must NOT appear on manuscript.
- Entries must be typed, double-spaced (except poetry, which must be single-spaced), in 12-point Times Roman font, and, if mailed, on one side of paper only.
- Title and word count (or lines of poetry) must appear in the upper left of first page of manuscript.
- Online submissions: All author contact information should be included in the body of the email only; the attached submission in MSWord or RichText must remain anonymous.
- Mail-in submissions must include a cover sheet with submission title, author's name, "member" or "non-member," address, phone number, and e-mail address.
- Do not include your name, address, or any other identifying information on your actual manuscript submission.
- MEMBERS PRIZE ONLY: In the body of your email, or on mailed cover sheet, include a statement that you are not a former winner (first, second, third) of a CWC contest.
SUBMISSIONS PROCESS AND ENTRY FEES:
- Online submissions are preferred and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the name of the contest in your subject line.
- See individual contests for fees.
- Online payments of submission fees should be made at the time the submission is made, using the PayPal "Donate" button on the left of the screen.
- Mail submissions may be sent to the P.O. Box as stated in the individual guidelines of each contest. Please enclose check with entry fee.
- See individual contests for deadlines.
- Online submissions must be received by midnight of the due date.
- Mailed submissions must be postmarked by the deadline listed.
- Submissions may also be given to the Contest Chairs at the CWC meeting on or before the evening of the deadline.
- Failure to comply with the deadline rules may cause entry to be disqualified.
- See specific contest for individual awards.
- Awards will be presented at the monthly CWC meeting that is stated in individual contest guidelines. Winners will be invited to read the winning entry at the club meeting.