To encourage the pursuit of art, music and the written word

 2019-2020 Calendar 

January 17, 2020 @ 11:59 pm

Deadline for Student Submissions

January 27, 2020 @ 11:59

Deadline for Teacher Approvals

Week of April 1, 2020

Announcement of Winners

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Writers' Workshop, Reception, Awards and Ceremony

Students arrive: 4:00 PM

Workshop: 4:30-5:50 PM

Reception: 6:00-6:30 PM

Awards Ceremony (open to public):

6:30-8:00 PM

Book Signing: 8:00-8:30 PM

 Guest Speaker -  Author, Etaf Rum

The NC Museum of History 

5 East Edenton Street

Raleigh, NC 27601 

Questions? Contact Dana Lindquist

The Raleigh Fine Arts Society Literary Contest

The 2020 Literary Contest Begins November 4, 2019 for all Wake County High School Students in Grades 10, 11 and 12.


Student Deadline for Submissions: 

Friday, January 17, 2020 @ 11:59 pm

2019-20 marks the 42nd 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 Award

$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 22, 2020. 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 contact the Literary Contest Chair

Click here for the list of contest winners:  2014, 20152016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Click here to read the winning stories from the 2019 Literary Contest.

The 2019 Literary Contest is proud to announce our Guest Speaker, Etaf Rum for the Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, April 22nd at the NC Museum of History. We welcome all students, teachers, parents, and faculty to join us at 6:30 pm to hear the author.

Etaf Rum, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She has a masters of arts in American and British Literature as well as undergraduate degrees in philosophy and English composition, all from North Carolina State University. Etaf also runs the Instagram account @booksandbeans and is a Book of the Month Club Ambassador, showcasing her favorite selections each month. In 2019, she opened Books and Beans in Rocky Mount, NC. A Woman is No Man,  her first novel, has received national acclaim, including selection as a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, a Marie Claire Best Women’s Fiction 2019, and a Buzzfeed News "4 Books We Couldn’t Put Down.” 

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