Students Contest Rules and Submission Guidelines


  • The contest is open to all students (public school, private school, homeschooled, etc.) in grades 5-12 in the Charlotte metropolitan area.
  • 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  • By submitting to this contest, you attest that the work is original and unpublished.
  • We do not accept AI generated work.



  • The “Submit” button below 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. 
  • 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
  • The top 10 entries will receive a one-year complimentary membership to the Charlotte Writers’ Club.
  • Winners will be recognized and awards presented at the March meeting of the Charlotte Writers Club,  Tuesday, March 18th. Each winner will be allowed five minutes to read from his or her work.



  • JANUARY 31, 2025 at 11:59 PM



  • Do not include any identifying information on your manuscript. This includes name, address, phone number, website, email address, etc.
  • 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. White background only: no color, no patterns, no photos.
  • Title and word count must appear in the upper-left hand corner of the first page of the manuscript.


Questions about submissions should be sent to: Caroline Kenna.