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Contest Guidelines

The Southern Writers Symposium invites high school students (grades 9-12) from the Sandhills (Cumberland, Harnett, Lee, Moore, Richmond, Scotland, Hoke, Robeson, Chatham, and Montgomery counties) to submit an original work of fiction and/or poetry for its second Young Writers Contest.

Letter to High School Principals and English Faculty

Overall winners in fiction and poetry will receive $100. The first and second place winners in each grade and each category will receive $50 (first place) and a selected book on writing (second place) respectively. Each school having a first place winner will receive $100 for its English Department to use for creative writing program materials or enhancement.

Submission Guidelines:

Deadline: February 17, 2014

Short story manuscripts of up to 4,000 words should be typed and double-spaced.
Poetry entries may be in any verse form and consist of one poem or a group of poems with no more than 60 lines total.

Authors may submit one work of fiction and one poetry entry to the contest. However, submission of more entries per author will not be accepted and will disqualify the author from the contest.

Entry must not have been previously published in any form or have earned previous recognition. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.

All entries must be submitted via Directions on the site should be followed. Winners will be announced on the Web site and notified by e-mail.

For more information, on the contest or on the Southern Writers Symposium, scheduled for February 22, 2014, check our Facebook site or follow us on Twitter @WriteSouth.

Jamie Mulkern
Student Director
Sandhills Young Writers Contest

Brenda Jernigan
Department of English and Writing
Methodist University
5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville NC 28311