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Doris Betts Fiction Prize
Submission Deadline: February 15 (annual)

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  • The competition is for previously unpublished short stories up to 6,000 words. One entry per writer. No novel excerpts. Stories do NOT have to relate to NCLR’s annual special feature topic.
  • Submit previously unpublished stories online at https://nclr.submittable.com/submit. Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($10 NCWN members or NCLR subscribers / $20 for non-members/non-subscribers).
  • To pay submission fees by check or money order, make payable to the North Carolina Writers Network and mail to: Ed Southern, PO Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC 27120- 1591
  • Documents must be Microsoft Word or .rtf files. The author’s name should not appear in the story file. Title the file with the story’s title to connect the story with your name. If you have any problems submitting electronically, email NCLR's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

The winner and finalists will be announced in April. The 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 Margaret Bauer, Editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

Past Winners

2014
First Place: Laura Herbst, Pittsboro, NC
Honorable Mention: Taylor Brown, Wilmington, NC
Honorable Mention: Jude Whelchel, Asheville, NC

2013
First Place: Claudette Cohen, Carolina Beach, NC
Honorable Mention: Annie Frazier, Ocala, FL
Honorable Mention: Donald Marple, Charlotte, NC
Honorable Mention: Seth Peavey, Raleigh, NC

2012
First Place: Leah Hampton, Waynesville, NC
Honorable Mention: Gregg Cusick, Durham, NC
Honorable Mention: Ron Jackson, Durham, NC
Honorable Mention: Kathryn Lovatt, Camden, SC

2011
First Place: Thomas Wolf, Chapel Hill, NC
Second Place: Joseph Cavano, Charlotte, NC
Honorable Mention: Gwendolyn Bikis, Oakland, CA
Honorable Mention: Carol Cooley, Wake Forest, NC
Honorable Mention: Doris Iarovici, Durham, NC
Honorable Mention: Sandra Lunsford Mason, Marshall, NC

2010
First Place: Robert Wallace, Durham, NC
Honorable Mention: Wayne Johns
Honorable Mention: Susan Snowden, Hendersonville, NC

2009
First Place: David McGuirt, Charlotte, NC
Honorable Mention: Marjorie Hudson, Pittsboro, NC
Honorable Mention: Melanie Raskin, Chapel Hill, NC
Honorable Mention: Kuruvilla Verghese, Raleigh, NC

2008
First Place: Malcolm Campbell, Charlotte, NC
Second Place: Gregg Cusick, Durham, NC

2007
First Place: Thomas Wolf, Chapel Hill, NC
Second Place: Gregg Cusick, Durham, NC

 
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