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Literary Contest

Thank you to all who participated in the 2021-2022 contest! Please check out the winners and be on the lookout for next year's dates in August!



2022-2023 will mark the 44th year the Raleigh Fine Arts Society has sponsored the 
Literary Contest, 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, as well as 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

    In addition, each school that has an overall windier or first place winner is given $100 to be used by its English Department to promote creative writing. 

Two rounds of judging are used to pick the finalists and winning stories. All submitted stories are first read by a panel of distinguished writing professionals. Stories that pass the first round of judges are scored a second time by three final judges. The student winners and finalists, their English teachers, parents, and principals are invited to the Awards Ceremony and presentation. The ceremony will be preceded by a Writers' Workshop for the winners, at which the final judges evaluate the winning stories, and winners will 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 2021 Literary Contest brochure.

Click here to contact the Literary Contest Chair.

Click here for the list of contest winners:  2014, 20152016, 2017, 20182019, and 2020.

Click here to read the winning stories from the 2019 or 2020 Literary Contest.

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