The Network awards writers more than $4,000 annually in prizes through the following competitions:
Postmark deadline: January 2 (annual)
Submissions accepted: November 1 – January 2
The Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize honors Harriet Jacobs and Thomas Jones, two pioneering African-American writers from North Carolina, and seeks to convey the rich and varied existence of Black North Carolinians. The contest is administered by the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication of the winning entry in The Carolina Quarterly.
Postmark deadline: January 15 (annual)
Submissions accepted: November 15 – January 15
The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,000, $300, and $200 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Ecotone.
Postmark deadline: January 30 (annual)
Submissions accepted: December 1 – January 30
Honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist, Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.
Postmark deadline: March 1 (annual)
Submissions accepted: January 15 – March 1
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition awards the winner publication in storySouth and $200.
Postmark deadline: June 30 (annual)
Submissions accepted: May 1 – June 30
The Sally Buckner Emerging Writers’ Fellowship awards a $500 fellowship to an emerging North Carolina writer between the ages 21-35 whose work shows promise of excellence and of a commitment to a literary career. Each year, the fellowship will go to a writer working primarily in a designated genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama), with the genres rotating on a four-year cycle. The 2020 Buckner Fellowship will support an emerging fiction writer.
Postmark Deadline: October 31 (2020)
Submissions accepted: September 15 – October 31 (2020)
The Doris Betts Fiction Prize awards the first-prize winner $250. Up to ten finalists will be considered for publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. Please note, the Doris Betts Fiction Prize is on hiatus until 2020 to better align with NCLR's production schedule.