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Deadline Nears for 2019 NC State Fiction Contest

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September 30 @ 8:00 am - October 15 @ 5:00 pm

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The NC State Fiction Contest is accepting entries for its 2019 competition. Submit your entry before the October 15 deadline.

Drawing more than 300 entrants last year, this free literary contest is open to North Carolina residents and is one of the largest free-to-enter writing contests in the South. This year’s guest judge is Stephanie Powell Watts, author of No One Is Coming to Save Us and We Are Taking Only What We Need.

Contestants may enter one story in each of the two contest categories:

  • The James Hurst Prize for Fiction ($500): An unpublished short story of no more than 5,000 words. In addition to the winner, several honorable mention awards will be presented.
  • The Shorter Fiction Prize ($250): An unpublished short story of no more than 1,200 words. One honorable mention award will be presented.

In addition, the best NC State undergraduate entry will receive a $100 prize.

Winners will be recognized at the 2019 NC State Fiction Contest Awards Ceremony, which will include a literary reading by Watts, at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20.

Click here for complete contest rules.



September 30 @ 8:00 am


October 15 @ 5:00 pm

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Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC 27695 United States

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