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Posted on: September 11, 2017

NC State Fiction Contest

The NC State Fiction Contest is a free literary competition open to all North Carolina residents. Drawing more than 300 entrants last year, it is one of the largest free-to-enter writing contests in the South. This year's guest judge is Tania James, award winning author of the novels Atlas of Unknowns and The Tusk That Did the Damage, as well as the short story collection Aerogrammes. 

The contest is open to all North Carolina residents except:

Tenured/tenure-track professors in the University of North Carolina System and writing instructors teaching at NC State, (teaching assistants and graduate students are eligible). 

Writers with a published book of fiction or collection of short stories (if we can buy your book online or from a publisher or a bookstore, we consider you published). 

Previous winners. Previous finalists must submit stories that have not been previously submitted. 

Contestants may enter no more than one story in each of the two contest categories:

The James Hurst Prize for Fiction ($500) an unpublished short story of no more than 5,000 words. In addition to the winner, several honorable mention awards will be presented. 

The Shorter Fiction Prize ($250) An unpublished short story of no more than 1,200 words. One honorable mention award will be presented. 

In addition, the best NC State undergraduate entry will receive a $100 prize. 

Entries may not have been previously published anywhere, in print or online (including personal blogs or websites). 

All entries must be typed, double-spaced, and titled with a word count listed on the first page. 

Contestants should not include their name on their stories so that their work can be judged anonymously. Instead, contestants should include their name, address, telephone number, and email address on a separate cover sheet. 

No email entries are excepted. All entries must be submitted in hard copy. Please either:

Mail entries to:

NC State Fiction Contest

Department of English

North Carolina State University

Campus Box 8105

Raleigh, NC 27695-8105


Drop off entries in person at the department of English, 221 Tompkins Hall (2211 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC) by the postmark deadline.

The postmark deadline is Tuesday, October 10, 2017. For more information, visit    

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