2016-2017 Calendar 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Contest opens for Student Submissions and Teacher Approvals

Thursday, January 19, 2017
MIDNIGHT: Student Submission Deadline

Thursday, January 26, 2017
MIDNIGHT: Teacher Review Deadline

Week of March 20, 2017
Student Winners Announced

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
The North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601  

4:15 - 5:45 p.m.  
Writers' Workshop 
for Student Winners
Longleaf Room

6:00 - 6:45 p.m. 
Museum Lobby

7:00 - 9:00 p.m. 
Awards Ceremony
Daniels Auditorium

Awards Ceremony Speaker:  
John Claude Bemis

Novelist, educator,
2013 Piedmont Laureate

Questions? Contact Chancy M Kapp
email:  ckappsings@aol.com
919-271-1842 (mobile)
919-833-4226 (home)

Literary Contest

The 2017 Literary Contest is now open!  

The Literary Contest sponsored by Raleigh Fine Arts Society is a short story competition open to any student currently enrolled in grades 10, 11 or 12 in any public or private high school in Wake County.  

The competition offers recognition for student writers, their teachers and their schools, and the following cash prizes:

  • $500 Mildred Dwyer Patton Overall Best Story Award        
  • $300 Overall Second Place Award
  • $200 Dave Patton Award for Best Story by a Varsity Athlete
  • $200 First Place Awards for each grade level
  • $150 Second Place Awards for each grade level
  • $100 Honorable Mention Awards
  • $100 School Awards for top prize winners

The student winners and finalists, their English teachers, parents and principals are invited to the Awards Ceremony at the North Carolina Museum of History April 18, 2017.  The ceremony is preceded by a Writers' Workshop for the winners, at which the final judges evaluate the winning stories and winners have the opportunity to spend time with this year’s guest speaker, acclaimed North Carolina novelist and educator John Claude Bemis, the 2013 Piedmont Laureate.

Students may enter one original short story with a maximum of 5000 words each year.  The story may center on character, setting, plot and theme of the student’s choice. 

All stories must be submitted through the raleighfinearts.org website by the submission deadline of midnight, Thursday, January 19, 2017, and approved on-line by the student’s teacher by the approval deadline of midnight, Thursday, January 26, 2017. 

Click here for the Judges' Criteria by which the stories are evaluated.

Click here to view the 2017 Literary Contest poster.

Click here to view the 2017 Literary Contest brochure.

Click here to contact the Literary Contest Chair.

Click here for the list of contest winners:  2013, 20142015 and 2016.

Click here to read the winning stories from the 2016 Literary Contest.

      2016 Literary Contest winners at the
      North Carolina Museum of History

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