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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Poetry Workshops

Poetry workshops at CCCC 

Thomas Dow, noted Chatham County poet, will be teaching two workshops in Japanese poetry forms.

  1. Haiku & Sumi-e:  A look at the form and composition of haiku and with an introduction to sumi-e ( Japanese brush writing-painting) with a hands on chance to learn techniques as used in writing haiku in Japanese.  Saturday March 12, 11am to 5pm.

2.  Haiku & Tea Ceremony:  Again, a look at form and composition of haiku and the connection to tea ceremony;  We will do a brief tea ceremony followed by a quiet writing time after which participants' work may be shared.  Saturday April 16, 11am to 5pm.

See the CCCC  Continuing Education Catalog at for more details about registration.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Burlington Writers' Club Adult contest

Burlington Writers' Club annual adult contest open for entry.  Deadline  is March 12, 2016.

Categories are: Stories for children; Non-fiction; Fiction; Poetry; Light Verse and Poetry for Children.

Contest rules are available at their website:

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Writers' Morning Out

Pittsboro Writers' Morning Out will meet Saturday, January 9, 1:00 PM at the Barley Lounge of the Carolina Brewery.

All writers are invited. Come early and have lunch with us.

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Crook's Corner Fiction Prize

Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill awards an unusual prize for a first novel. Each year the winner gets $1,000 and a free glass of wine every day for the year.

Lee Smith is the judge for this year's contest. The winner will be announced on January 4.

Submissions for next year's contest open January 1, 2016. Entry must be the author's first novel (published in 2015 or the first six months of 2016) and set predominantly in the South.

The deadline is June 1.  Send two copies of the work to The Crook's Corner Book Prize, 313 Country club road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Crook's Corner fiction Prize

Friday, December 4, 2015

Coming Competitions

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition. 
Postmark deadline: January 15 (annual)

Full contest guidelines at:

Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Postmark deadline: January 30 (annual)

Doris Betts Fiction Prize
Postmark deadline: February 15 (annual)

Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition
Postmark deadline: March 1 (annual)

 Full contest guidelines at:

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Poetry Contest winner

 The winning entry in our 6th annual Poetry contest is Mary Barnard.


Morning sun still in the east,
her wings a dedicated orange
within black solder,
their hinges warming up
for the flight south.

This year every girl,
arms outstretched,
wears a Monarch costume.
City streets their flyway,
plastic pumpkins bulging.

The real Monarchs bulge
with eggs, future King Willies
named by homesick Dutch
colonists for their monarch,
Prince William of Orange.

Single females converge
in central Texas by magic,
nymphalidae magic,
cohorts cavorting map-less
toward oyamel trees.

A color:  best on redheads,
the dusk of a green leaf,
plump glow of some squash,
and as long as sanctuaries intact,
the velvet of a butterfly wing.