Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines


  • With the few exceptions noted here, our contests are open to all CWC members and to non-members who reside in or attend school in North or South Carolina. Members of the Executive Board and the contest chairs are not allowed to enter. The previous year’s winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place) in each of our contests are not allowed to enter the same contest in the following year. They are free, however, to enter in other genres.
  • Only one entry per contest is allowed.
  • By submitting to any of our contests, you attest that the work is original and unpublished. Publication should be construed to include not only print, but digital media such as blogs, Facebook posts, and websites.
  • We do allow simultaneous submissions. Should your work win a contest or be accepted for publication elsewhere, it is your responsibility to notify us so that it can be withdrawn from consideration here. Please remember that entry fees are not refundable.
  • We do nor allow AI generated works.


Entry Fee/Submission Process:

  • The entry fee for each contest is $15 for members, $20 for non-members. 
  • Entry fees for submissions that do not meet the eligibility requirements are not refundable.
  • The “Submit” button for any of our contests will open Submittable, the online submissions management software we use to accept entries. We do not accept entries sent via email, U.S Mail, or any similar service. Entry fees must be paid through Submittable at the time of your entry.
  • Submittable ask you for the title of your work and a cover letter. Please be sure to include you name, phone number, email address, and mailing address.



  • First Place: $150     Second Place: $75     Third Place:  $25
  • Winners will be recognized and awards presented at the monthly meeting of the CWC specified for each contest. Each winner will be allowed five minutes to read from his or her work.



  • Each of our contests has a different deadline. Please see the description of the contest you plan to enter.



  • Do not include any identifying information on your manuscript. This includes name, address, phone number, website, email address, etc.
  • Prose entries must use the standard industry format: 12 pt. Times New Roman, double-spaced, 1-inch margins, left-justified. The pages of your manuscript should be numbered. Poetry may be single-spaced; margins for poetry are “open style.” For both prose and poetry, white background only: no color, no patterns, no photos.
  • Title and word count (or lines of poetry) must appear in the upper-left hand corner of the first page of the manuscript.


Questions about submissions should be sent to: Caroline Kenna.