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.
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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 17, 2021
Closes: October 19, 2021
Announce Winners: December 14, 2021
Short fiction of up to 500 words.
CWC Nonfiction Contest (article/essay)
Opens: October 19, 2021
Closes: January 2, 2022
Announce Winners: February 15, 2022
Nonfiction from 750-2000 words.
Opens: December 21, 2021
Closes: February 15, 2022
Announce Winners: April 19, 2022
Poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded.
Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest
Opens: January 18, 2022
Closes: March 15, 2022
Announce Winners: May 17, 2022
A short story between 1500-4000 words.