The North Carolina Writers' Network is holding four annual writing contests, three of which are currently open for submissions (and the fourth opens next week). Whether you write fiction, creative nonfiction or poetry one of these contests are for you. Some contests are for North Carolina residents only. Check the website for each one to see the guidelines.
1. The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Southern Cultures magazine. The deadline is January 17.
2. The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist, Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The deadline is January 30.
3. The Doris Betts Fiction Prize awards the first-prize winner $250. Up to ten finalists will be considered for publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. The deadline is February 15.
4. The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition awards the winner publication in storySouth and $200. This contest opens January 15 and runs through March 1.