Contests

To encourage, recognize, and reward good writing, the Charlotte Writers Club sponsors four contests each year for adults, two for students. Our contests, listed below in the order of their closing dates, span a variety of genres. To enter a contest, click on its name in the list below.

 

For information about rules and guidelines that apply to all of our contests, please read Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines. Information particular to individual contests is spelled out below.

 

Ruth Moose Flash Fiction

Opens: August 20, 2024

Closes: October 15, 2024

Entry Fees: CWC Members: $15.00, Non-members: $20.00

Prizes: First Place — $150, Second Place — $75, Third Place — $25

Winners Announced: December Meeting

Short fiction of up to 1000 words.

 

CWC Nonfiction Contest  (article/essay)

Opens: October 15 2024

Closes: December 10, 2024

Entry Fees: CWC Members: $15.00, Non-members: $20.00

Prizes: First Place — $150, Second Place — $75, Third Place — $25

Winners Announced: February Meeting

Nonfiction between 750 and 4000 words.

 

CWC Poetry Contest

Opens: December 10, 2024

Closes: February 4, 2025 at 11:59 PM

Entry Fees: CWC Members: $15.00, Non-members: $20.00

Prizes: First Place — $150, Second Place — $75, Third Place — $25

Winners Announced: April Meeting

One poem of fewer than 50 lines; haiku excluded.

 

Elizabeth Simpson Smith Short Story Contest

Opens: February 4, 2025

Closes: April 1, 2025

Entry Fees: CWC Members: $20.00, Non-members: $25.00

Prizes: First Place — $250, Second Place — $150, Third Place — $50

Winners Announced: May Meeting

A short story between 1500 and 4000 words.