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 Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest 

Charlotte Writers' Club's MOST PRESTIGIOUS AWARD!

Elizabeth Simpson Smith Contest Guidelines

  • Contest is CLOSED.
  • Open to all CWC members and to non-member residents of North and South Carolina.
  • Entries must be an original and unpublished. This includes blogs, Facebook, websites and any other digital media.
  • Fiction story between 1500-4000 words.
  • Please follow guidelines in General Manuscript Requirements, Eligibility & Submission Information.
  • Multiple entries are NOT allowed.
  • Entry Fees: CWC Members: $20.00, Non-members: $25.00
  • Prizes will be awarded in May at the CWC general meeting.
  • First place: $250.00, Second place: $150.00, Third place: $50.00.
  • For inquiries or questions, contact Mack Staton, Contest Chair.


Short Story Contest Judge 
Amy Rogers

Award-winning writer, editor, and publisher Amy Rogers writes about food and culture for NPR station WFAE in Charlotte.

As a founder of the ground-breaking Novello Festival Press, she put more than 300 writers into print through works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that sold nearly 50,000 copies during her tenure.

Her books include Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas. Her work was included in Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing and many other publications regionally and nationally.

As an editor, writing coach, and popular workshop presenter, Rogers has worked with hundreds of writers who want to hone their skills and find satisfaction in their writing. She has been a Writer in Residence at the Wildacres Center, where she was subsequently asked to serve on the residency selection committee, a position she has held since 2005. She is a member of the critique faculty of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Rogers was born in the Midwest, raised in New York and Florida, and now lives in Charlotte, NC, where she considers herself “Southern by choice.”

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