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 2018-2019 Calendar 

November 6, 2018

Contest opening for Student Submissions and Teacher Approvals

January 22, 2019

Deadline for Student Submissions

January 29, 2019

Deadline for Teacher Approvals

Late March 2019

Announcement of Winners

April 29, 2019
The North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601  

Writers' Workshop, Reception, 
Awards Ceremony and Guest Speaker, Angela Davis-Gardner


Questions? Contact Melanie Rankin
email:  rfasliterary@gmail.com

2018 - 2019 Literary Contest


The 2019 Literary Contest Begins November 6, 2018 for all Wake County High School Students in Grades 10, 11 and 12.

Click Here to Enter Contest

Student Deadline for Submissions: 

Tuesday, January 22, 2019 @ 12:00 Midnight


2018-19 marks the 41st  year the Raleigh Fine Arts Society has sponsored the 
Literary Contest which is a short story writing contest for Wake County high school students 
in grades 10, 11 and 12. 

The competition offers recognition for student writers, their teachers and their schools, and the following cash prizes:
  •         $500 Phil Patton Award for Overall Best Story
  •         $300 Mildred Dwyer Patton Award for Overall Second Place
  •         $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 on April 29, 2019. 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.



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

Click here to view the 2019 Literary Contest brochure.

Click here to contact the Literary Contest Chair.

Click here for the list of contest winners:  2014, 20152016, 2017 and 2018.

Click here to read the winning stories from the 2018 Literary Contest.


The 2019 Literary Contest is proud to announce our Guest Speaker for the Awards Ceremony on April 29th at the NC Museum of History. 

We welcome all students, teachers, parents, and faculty to join us at 6:30 pm to hear encouraging words from author, Angela Davis-Gardner.

Angela Davis-Gardner grew up in North Carolina.  Her father, mother, and brother were all writers as well, and the atmosphere created by visiting writers, editors, painters was an influence, as was the house in which they lived, an eighteenth century cabin that her historian father believed had been the headquarters of the British Colonel Cornwallis during the penultimate battle of the Revolutionary War.

She attended Duke University (BA in English, Phi Beta Kappa), and earned an MFA at the University of NC at Greensboro, where she studied with Peter Taylor, Robert Watson, and Randall Jarrell.    

 Her first teaching job, at Tsuda College in Tokyo, Japan, changed the course of her writing.  Her two most recent novels, Butterfly’s Child and Plum Wine, had their inception in her life-long interest in Japanese culture and Japanese-American relations.  She worked as a journalist and editor after returning from Japan, then returned to teaching, at Guilford College, the University of N.C. at Greensboro, and North Carolina State University.  She spent most of her teaching career at North Carolina State University, where she won many awards for teaching undergraduates and graduate students in the MFA program.  

She has won a number of awards and grants for to support her writing, including two Fellowships from the Japan Foundation, two grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, and several residences at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts.   She was William Blackburn Visiting Fiction Writer at Duke in 2007.  

 Now retired from her university position, Angela teaches private classes and continues to publish fiction and personal essays.  A recent story, “Writing It Down,” was featured as Story of the Week in a recent issue of Narrative Magazine.


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