To cultivate, promote and engage in the arts

 2021-2022 Calendar 

November 2021

Contest Opening for Student Submissions and Teacher Approvals

Late January, 2022

Deadline for Student Submissions


Early February, 2022

Deadline for Teacher Approvals


Early April, 2022

Announcement of Winners


Late April, 2022

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

Awards Ceremony with Guest Speaker, open to the public 

4:00 to 6:30 PM For winning students only: Writers' Workshop and Reception

Questions? Contact Graham Satisky
email:  gsatisky@gmail.com

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

Literary Contest


The 2021-2022 Literary Contest submittal process will resume in November 2021.

All Wake County High School Students in Grades 10, 11, and 12 are eligible to enter.


2021-2022 will mark the 43rd 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 Finalist Awards
  •         $100 School Awards for top prize winners 


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 2020 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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