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Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition

Submissions accepted November 15 – January 15

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network, 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.

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.
  • The deadline is January 15. All entries, online or in print, must reach the NCWN by then.
  • The entry fee is $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
  • Entries can be submitted in one of two ways:
    1. Send two printed copies through the U.S. Postal Service (see guidelines and address below), along with a check for the appropriate fee, made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
    2. Submit an electronic copy online at ncwriters.submittable.com, and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
  • Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Each entry must be an original and previously unpublished manuscript of no more than 3,500 words, typed in a 12-point standard font (i.e., Times New Roman) and double-spaced.
  • Author’s name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
  • An entry fee must accompany the manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, one manuscript per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
  • You may pay the member entry fee if you join NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Entries will not be returned. Winners will be announced by March.
  • When you submit online at ncwriters.submittable.com/submit, Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($10 NCWN members / $12 non-members). (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information. For more information about Submittable, click here.)
    • To submit as a Member of NCWN ($10), click here.
    • To submit as a Non-Member of NCWN ($12), click here.
  • If submitting by mail, send submission to:

North Carolina Writers’ Network
ATTN: Rose Post
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Entries must arrive by January 15.


Past Winners

2024
First Place: Nikolai Mather, Wilmington
Second Place: Laurie Clark, Wilmington
Third Place: Ashley Harris, Asheboro

2023
First Place: Diane Milhan, Mount Airy
Second Place: Allison Kirkland, Durham
Third Place: Andrea Hunter, Greensboro

2022
First Place: Jasmin Morrell, Asheville
Second Place: Ashley Memory, Randolph County
Third Place: Dianne Fecteau, Asheville

2021
First Place: Heather Bell Adams, Raleigh
Second Place: Emily Dunlap Carter, Beaufort
Third Place: Lucinda Trew, Raleigh

2020
First Place: Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin, Cullowhee
Second Place: Judy Goldman, Charlotte
Third Place: Patricia Poteat, Asheville

2019
First Place: Pam Van Dyk, Raleigh
Second Place: Ashley Memory, Pittsboro
Third Place: Barbara Furr, Corrales, NM

2018
First Place: Elaine Thomas, Wilmington
Second Place: Virginia Ewing Hudson, Raleigh
Third Place: Jane Shlensky, Bahama

2017
First Place: Joseph Mills, Winston-Salem
Second Place: Beth Browne, Garner
Third Place: Jessica Jacobs, Asheville

2016
First Place: Karen Smith Linehan, Carolina Beach
Second Place: Amy Rowland, Princeton, NJ
Third Place: Agnes Stevens, Raleigh

2015
First Place: Jillian Weiss, Wilmington
Second Place: Beth Browne, Garner
Third Place: Robert Wallace, Durham

2014
First Place: Laura Herbst, Pittsboro
Second Place: Jason Hess, Wilmington
Third Place: Joanna Catherine Scott, Chapel Hill

2013
First Place: Jennifer Bringle, Greensboro
Second Place: Jane Andrews, Raleigh
Third Place: Helen Aitken, Swansboro

2012
First Place: Anthony S. Abbott, Davidson
Second Place: Terri Sherrill, Hillsborough
Third Place: Jeannette Cabanis-Brewin, Cullowhee

2011
First Place: Pepper Capps Hill, Rocky Point
Second Place: Cynthia Lewis, Davidson
Third Place: Cynthia Lewis, Davidson

2010
First Place: John Picard, Greensboro
Second Place: Rachel E. Pollock, Durham
Third Place: Deborah Gold

2009
First Place: Stephanie Whetstone, Durham
Second Place: Cynthia Lewis, Davidson
Third Place: Sheilah Zimpel, Denver, CO

2008
First Place: Bob Mustin, Asheville
Second Place: Lynne Tanner, Rutherfordton
Third Place: David Frauenfelder, Durham