The Charlotte Writers Club hosts four annual contests. Writers may enter more than one contest but cannot enter multiple entries into one specific contest. Additionally, contest entries that have placed in any CWC contest are no longer eligible for future submission.
For example, if you win first, second, or third place in the CWC Nonfiction Contest, you may not submit that piece again for the Elizabeth Simpson Smith Contest. Another example is that you are not allowed to submit the same piece again in the same contest you won previously.
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.
Ruth Moose Flash Fiction
Opens: August 16, 2022
Closes: October 18, 2022
Announce Winners: December 13, 2022
Short fiction of up to 500 words.
CWC Nonfiction Contest (article/essay)
Opens: October 18, 2022
Closes: January 3, 2023
Announce Winners: February 21, 2023
Nonfiction from 750-2000 words.
Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest
Opens: December 2, 2022
Closes: February 2, 2023
Announce Winners: March 21, 2023
A short story between 1500-4000 words.
Opens: December 28, 2023
Closes: February 28, 2023
Announce Winners: April 18, 2023
Poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded.
Student Contest (tentative dates)
Opens: February 17, 2023
Closes: April 23, 2023
Announce Winners: May 16, 2023