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 20, 2019
Closes: October 15, 2019
Announce Winners: December 17, 2019
Short fiction of up to 500 words.
CWC Nonfiction Contest (article/essay)
Opens: October 15, 2019
Closes: January 2, 2020
Announce Winners: February 18, 2020
Nonfiction from 750-2000 words.
Opens: December 17th, 2019
Closes: February 18th, 2020
Announce Winners: April 21st, 2020
Poetry of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded.
Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest
Opens: January 20th, 2020
Closes: March 17, 2020
Announce Winners: May 19th, 2020
A short story between 1500-4000 words.