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Thursday, September 04, 2008

Union County Writers' Club Annual Adult Literary Contest

Rules for Union County Writers' Club Annual Adult Literary Contest.

Each year the deadline for our contest is October 31st.

Categories for 2008 include: short story, fantasy, poetry, and childrens' story.

Rules for the Union County Writers' Club Annual Contest are as Follows:

Entrants must be at least eighteen years old and U.S. residents.

Entry fees are: $3 per poem, or 2 for $5; $5 per short story, childrens' story, or fantasy story.

Each entry must be an original work that is previously unpublished in a paid publication.

Poetry may be any form, on any subject, but not longer than 40 lines.

Short stories are 1000 - 5000 words.

Childrens' stories are for children in the age range of pre-school through junior high and are limited to 3000 words.

Fantasy is limited to 300 words maximum.

Material of explicit sexual nature is discouraged.

Entries that have won or placed second or third in either of the previous 2 years are not eligible for entry.


Short Stories and Childrens' Stories: First Place $30, Second Place $25, Third Place $10.
Poetry and Fantasy: First Place $25, Second Place $15, Third Place $10.
Honorable Mentions will receive a certificate.


Entries must be typed and submitted on standard 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper. Poetry single spaced, short stories double spaced. Two copies of each entry must be submitted without author's name, address, or any other identifying information on the entry. A cover letter must accompany the entry giving the author's name, address, phone number, and the title of the submitted story or poem. Multiple entries are accepted and may be listed on the same cover letter.

Checks must be made out to: Union County Writers' Club and mailed with entries to P.O. Box 496, Monroe, NC 28111

Authors should retain copies of their submissions. They will not be returned.

Please indicate on the envelope or cover letter which category is being entered for each submission.


Judges are selected from among writing teachers, college staff members, or members of professional writing organizations. They do not live or work in Union County. Contest winners will be notified by mail of the time and place for the Awards Ceremony. Contest winners will be invited to read their winning entries at the Awards.

Call either 704 291-7829 for more information. Or email to

Prize checks will be presented at the January meeting on the third Tuesday of the month. Winners are invited to attend and read the winning entries. Checks and certificates will be mailed in January to winners who are unable to attend.

Union County Literary Contest Winners 2007

Many thanks to all those who entered.

Congratulations to the winners. The judges were very pleased with the high quality of the entries.

1st place: Mr. Dearborn's Big Vacation - Philip Loyd, Houston, TX
2nd place: Southern Girl - Philip Loyd, Houston, TX
3rd place - Like Father, Like Son - Philip Loyd, Houston, TX
Honorable mention 1: Equal Gifts - Linda Evans, Matthews, NC
Honorable mention 2: Nickel Bread and Hope - J. Dixon Hearne, Huntington Beach, CA

1st place: Catalog Fantasies - Janet Hartman, Beaufort, NC
2nd place: Westward with Hope - Claudia Shelton, O'Fallon, MO
3rd place: The Equator - Donna McClanahan, Irvine, KY
Honorable mention: The Toughest Kid in Town - Linda Evans, Matthews, NC

1st place: Fraidy-Cat - Bonnie Brown, Industry, ME
2nd place: The Little Old Fire Truck - Emily Soares, Decatur, GA
3rd place: Native Heart - J. Dixon Hearne, Huntington Beach, CA
Honorable mention 1: Sonny - Linda Evans, Matthews, NC
Honorable mention 2: Kicks Are for Kids - Linda Evans, Matthews, NC
Honorable mention 3: The Carpenter's Cup - Dana Williams, Arlington, WA

1st place: Perfection - Dr. Billy O. Fleming, Jr., Waxhaw, NC
2nd place: Sound Effects - Olga Penzin, Rock Hill, SC
3rd place: Autumn Song - Doris Jeane Haigler, Monroe, NC
Honorable mention: The Edge of Darkness - Phyllis McManus, Monroe, NC