2017-2018 Calendar 

Fall 2017


Contest opening for Student Submissions and Teacher Approvals

January 2018

Deadlines for Student Submissions and Teacher Approvals

Late March 2018

Announcement of Winners

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The North Carolina Museum of History
5 East Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC 27601  

Writers' Workshop, Reception and
Awards Ceremony



Questions? Contact Virginia Yopp
email:  vlyopp@gmail.com

Literary Contest


Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Literary Contest, who were honored April 18 at the awards ceremony at the North Carolina Museum of History highlighted by an inspiring speech by acclaimed author John Bemis.  

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, listed with their 2017 winners.  The 2018 contest opens in the fall of 2017. 

The Patton Family Awards

  • $500 Phil Patton Overall Best Story Award
    Binita Thapa, 11th Grade, Broughton High School, taught by Tiffany Long 
  • $300 Mildred Dwyer Patton Overall Second Place Award
    Ellie Baker, 12th Grade, St. David's School, taught by Sarah Jane Keegan    
     
  • $200 Dave Patton Award for Best Story by a Varsity Athlete
    Lily Eliana Levin, 10th Grade, Cary Academy, taught by Kara Caccuitto
Grade Level, Honorable Mention and School Awards
  • $200 First Place Awards for each grade level
    12th -- Nada Saleh, Enloe High School, taught by Joyce Nelson
    11th -- Hannah DeMaioNewton, Broughton High School, taught by Babs Nichols
    10th -- Margaret Hall, Enloe High School, taught by Jenny Ayers
  • $150 Second Place Awards for each grade level
    12th (tie) -- V Tacker, Broughton High School, taught by Tanya Merchant
    12th (tie) -- Rebecca West, Broughton High School, taught by Tanya Merchant
    11th -- Meredith Brown, Broughton High School, taught by Babs Nichols
    10th -- Anamitraa Dutta, Raleigh Charter High School, taught by Lisa Springle
  • $100 Honorable Mention Awards
    Regan Curtis, Broughton High School, taught by Babs Nichols
    Grady Davis, Raleigh Charter High School, taught by Sera Arcaro
    Juliette Ellis, Saint Mary’s School, taught by Alison  Chernin
    Elle Hodges, Broughton High School, taught by Babs Nichols
    Pooja Murarisetty, Enloe High School, taught by Joyce Nelson
    Isabelle Nechvatal, Broughton High School, taught by Babs Nichols
    Clay Oxford, Broughton High School, taught by Babs Nichols
    Alyssa Rorie, Enloe High School, taught by Priscilla Chappell
    Savarni Sanka, Enloe High School, taught by Joyce Nelson 
  • $100 School Awards for top prize winners
    Broughton High School, St. David's School, Cary Academy, Enloe High School

    Click here for a full list of the winners and for manuscripts of winning stories from the 2017 Literary Contest.

    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.



    Literary Contest



    The 2017 Literary Contest is now CLOSED for student submissions.  Winners will be announced the last week in March.  

    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:

    The Patton Family Awards

    • $500 Phil Patton Overall Best Story Award 
    • $300 Mildred Dwyer Patton Overall Second Place Award       
    • $200 Dave Patton Award for Best Story by a Varsity Athlete
    Grade Level, Honorable Mention and School Awards
    • $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. 


      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.

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