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Winners Announced 

Week of April 1, 2020


Click here for the Guidelines for Short Story Submissions

.Click here for the Judges' Criteria 

by which the stories are evaluated.

Click here to contact the 

Literary Contest Chair

Click here for previous winners: 



















The 2020 RFAS Literary Contest


Due to COVID -19 virus, the Literary Contest Workshop, Reception, and Awards Ceremony scheduled for April 22 has been canceled. Winners will notified by April 1. A student liaison from Raleigh Fine Arts Society will call each winner with an update about program plans.  We hope to be able to offer the Writers' Workshop at a later date. 

This year marks the 42nd year of our short story competition for Wake County high school students in grades 10, 11, and 12.  We received 545 submissions this year from the following 23 high schools:

Apex, Friendship, Athens Drive, Broughton,Cardinal Gibbons, Cary Academy, East Wake Academy, Enloe,  Green Hope, Green Level, Holly Springs, Leesville, Longleaf ,Middle Creek, North Raleigh Christian Academy, North Wake College & Career Academy, Raleigh Charter, Rolesville, Sanderson, St. David’s, St. Thomas Moore, Wake Forest and  Wakefield

Student, Teacher, and School Awards

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

The Patton Family Awards

Phil Patton Award for Overall Best Story $500

Mildred Dwyer Patton Award for Overall Second Place $300 

Dave Patton Award for Best Story by a Varsity Athlete $200 


First Place Awards for each grade level  $200 

Second Place Awards for each grade level $150 

Finalists $100

In addition to the cash prizes, all of the above winners will receive individual recognition on stage, a certificate, a signed book by our guest author, publication in the book of winning stories and online, and admission to the Writers’ Workshop during which our final judges lead discussion of the stories.

School Awards $100 

Schools whose students place among the top winners (everything above Finalist) will receive money for their English Department. A school representative is called to the stage to receive a certificate of merit with the check.

Final Judges

The final judges, all accomplished writers, read each story that passes the round of preliminary judging. The average of their three scores yields the number that determines each story's rank.

 SETTLE MONROE is an educator and writer who leads writing workshops in classroom settings as well as through small group instruction.  In 2012, she launched Raleigh Scribes, a company that offers writing instruction to middle school students. Settle is a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She also serves on the board of the North Carolina Council for Women and YouthInvolvement.  She was the recipient of the 2017 United Arts Council Regional Artist Grant for literature and a finalist for the 2019 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition.  Settle lives in Raleigh with her husband and their three young children. 

ELEANOR SPICER RICE, PhD, is an entomologist senior science editor of Verdant Word, a science communications company in Raleigh. In addition to being the author of six books, including Dr. Eleanor's Book of Common Ants and Becoming Durham, she is a regular contributor to Our State Magazine and a regular commentator on television for the Discovery Channel, Netflix, and Science Channel as well as on numerous public radio shows. She is committed to sharing her passion for science, art, and the natural world. To do this, she cultivates citizen science projects to help spread the joys of nature, from spiders to stars, to all people.  

GIDEON YOUNG  is a member of the Carolina African American Writers’ Collective and the Carrboro Poets Council. His poetry has appeared in Backbone Press, Modern Haiku, Obsidian: Literature in the African Diaspora, Sons & Daughters Literary Journal, and The Elizabeth Keckley Reader: A Determined Life, Vol. II. Gideon is a co-author of One Window’s Light: A Collection of Haiku, published by Unicorn Press, 2017, winner of the Haiku Society of America Merit Award for Best Anthology. He is a Teaching Fellow for A+ Schools of North Carolina, a K-12 Literacy Specialist, and stay-at-home dad.

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