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The North Carolina Writers’ Network is now accepting submissions for its annual Doris Betts Fiction Prize, administered by the North Carolina Literary Review.

The Doris Betts Fiction Prize awards $250 and publication in the NCLR to the author of the winning short story, up to 6,000 words.  The contest is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina, a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network, or a subscriber to the NCLR.

Robert Wallace of Durham won the 2010 Betts prize for his story “As Breaks the Wave Upon the Sea.”

Entries to the 2011 contest can be submitted through the NCLR’s online submission process at  Full submission guidelines, including entry fees, are listed below.

Doris Betts Fiction Prize
Postmark Deadline: February 15 (annual)
Submissions Accepted from January 1 – February 15

The Doris Betts Fiction Prize awards the first-prize winner $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. Finalists will also be considered for publication in the NCLR.

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible.
  • The competition is for short stories up to 6,000 words. One entry per writer. No novel excerpts.
  • Submit story electronically via the NCLR’s online submission process. For electronic submission instructions and to start the online submission process, go to:
  • Names should not appear in the Word file of the story; authors will register with the NCLR’s online submission system, which will collect contact information and connect it to story submission.
  • An entry fee must be mailed to the NCLR office (address below) by the postmark deadline (February 15 each year).
  • You may pay the Network member/NCLR subscriber entry fee if you join NCWN or subscribe to the NCLR with your submission:

$10/NCWN members and/or NCLR subscribers
$20/nonmembers (must be a North Carolina resident)

  • Checks for submission fee and/or Network membership should be made PAYABLE TO the North Carolina Writers’ Network (separate checks payable to the NCLR only if purchasing a subscription).
  • Mail checks or money orders to:

North Carolina Literary Review
ECU Mailstop 555 English
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

The winner and finalists will be announced in May. Winning story and select finalists will be published in the next year’s issue of the North Carolina Literary Review.

Questions may be directed to the North Carolina Literary Review, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Acclaimed author Martin Clark, who serves as a circuit court judge when he is not writing best-selling novels, will now also judge the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s 2011 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in the Thomas Wolfe Review.  Submissions for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize are accepted from December 1 until the postmark deadline of January 30.

Martin Clark is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Davidson College and a 1984 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law.  In 1992 he was appointed as a juvenile and domestic relations judge for the Twenty-first Judicial Circuit and currently serves as a circuit court judge for the Virginia counties of Patrick and Henry and the city of Martinsville, Virginia.

His first novel, The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living, was a New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000 and a Book –of-the-Month Club selection. His second novel, Plain Heathen Mischief, appeared on both Amazon’s and Barnes and Noble’s Top 100 list for 2004.  His third book, The Legal Limit (2008), was praised by reviewers as “the new standard by which legal fiction should be judged” and “the best courtroom story ever.”  He lives in Stuart, Virginia, with his wife Deana.

Entries for the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize must be no more than 12 double-spaced pages, and must be postmarked by January 30, 2011.  Checks must be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.  Submissions should be mailed to –

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
c/o Tony Abbott
PO Box 7096
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035

The winner will be announced in April.  Please see below for complete guidelines.

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Postmark deadline: January 30 (annual)
Submissions Accepted from December 1 – January 30


Eligibility and Guidelines

  • The competition is open to all writers without regard to geographical region or previous publication.
  • Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript not to exceed 12 double-spaced pages.
  • Names should not appear on manuscripts but on separate cover sheet along with address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title.
  • An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 NCWN for members, $25 for nonmembers. You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Entries will not be returned.

The winner is announced in April.

Send submissions, indicating name of competition, to:
Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
c/o Tony Abbott
PO Box 7096
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035

Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Michael MaloneMore than three hundred writers, editors, and literary agents will gather in North Carolina’s largest city this November for the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Twenty-fifth Annual Fall Conference.

The NCWN Fall Conference, first held in 1985, has grown into one of the nation’s largest conferences dedicated to the craft and business of writing. The conference is open to writers of all levels of experience.

“Naturally, we’re excited that our organization has reached this milestone,” said NCWN executive director Ed Southern. “We’re more excited, though, about what this milestone shows: writing in this state is still going strong, and North Carolina’s literary tradition remains vital and vibrant.”

The 2010 Fall Conference will feature a keynote address by novelist Michael Malone, a reading and discussion by North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers, and a presentation on Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont by author Georgann Eubanks.

The conference will also offer more than twenty-five workshops and panel discussions for registrants, including three Master Classes for more advanced writers: a Poetry Master Class led by Bowers, a Creative Nonfiction Master Class with author Judy Goldman, and a Fiction Master Class with novelist Robert Inman.

Agents and editors will again participate in the conference’s Manuscript Mart and Critique Service, in which registrants have one-on-one sessions with publishing professionals who will discuss their manuscripts’ strengths and weaknesses.

“Our most important offering,” Southern said, “is the chance for writers to get to know one another, and trade advice, ideas, and encouragement. We have a number of writers who come to the conference year after year, first as registrants, and then—as their careers progress—as instructors.”

Course descriptions and registration information can be found here.

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