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
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 Belle Long
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:
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 Guidelines for Short Story Submissions.
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.