N.C. Short Story Contest now under way

Article Published: Sep. 22, 2011 | Modified: Sep. 22, 2011
N.C. Short Story Contest now under way

The 2011 statewide Short Story Contest is under way.

The annual event is one of the largest free literary competitions in the South and is sponsored by the N.C. State University Creative Writing Program.

This year’s guest judge is Southern writer Ron Rash, award-winning author of “Serena” and “Burning Bright.”

The postmark deadline for entries is Monday, Oct. 17.

Rash will announce the winners and read from his own work Nov. 17 at N.C. State.

The contest is open to all North Carolina residents, except those who have published a book or are tenure-track professors in the UNC system.

Contestants may enter a story in both the longer fiction ($500 prize) and shorter fiction ($250 prize) categories. Longer fiction stories must be less than 5,000 words and no longer than 20 double-spaced pages. Shorter fiction stories must be less than 1,200 words and no longer than five double-spaced pages. Previous finalists must submit new work.

All entries must be typed and double-spaced. Include a word count on the first page. Do not put your name on the story, but include a cover sheet with your name and contact information.

Due to volume, contest organizers cannot contact each contestant or return stories.

Submit stories to: NCSU Short Story Contest, Campus Box 8105, English Department, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695-8105.

No email submissions will be accepted.

For more information, visit http://www.ncsu.edu/creativewriting.

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