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2017 Contests in Prose and Poetry



The Anson County Writers’ Club (ACWC) is pleased to announce its Twenty-Eighth Contest in Prose and Poetry. The ACWC will award over $400 in prize money to the winners of the annual writing contests.

First, second and third place winners in the adult prose and adult poetry categories will receive $50, $30 and $20, respectively. Youth winners (grades 10-12) will receive $20, $15 and $10, respectively. Grades 3-6 and Grades 7-9 will compete separately in the children’s division. Prizes are $15, $10 and $5, respectively, for prose and poetry winners in both categories.

All winners will receive a certificate suitable for framing and will be honored at a reception for friends and family on Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. Winning entries of the contests will be published in an anthology, Anson Pathways X, which will be released in 2019. Previous issues of Anson Pathways, which has been published every three years since 1991, are available at the Anson County Arts Council.

The adult contests are open to anyone residing in, having resided in, attending school in or working in Anson County; or members of the ACWC. There is a $1 entry fee that is waived for students at any institution of higher learning.

There is no entry fee for grades 3-12 students. Entries will be accepted from students living in or attending school in Anson County. Rules and entry forms will be provided to all schools.

Deadline for the 2017 contests is 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 4.

A complete copy of the rules and an entry form that must accompany each entry are available at the H.B. Allen Library; the Anson County Chamber of Commerce; or by writing to ACWC 2016 Contests, P.O. Box 363, Wadesboro, N.C., 28170 (enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope). They may also be printed from the links below.

The contest committee urges writers to study the contest rules carefully. In past years, some excellent entries that might have won were disqualified because the writers did not follow instructions.

For more information, call contest co-chairman Beverley Getzen at 704.694.7022 or Kaye Ratliff @704.694.5431.

Adult Rules

Adult Entry Form

Youth Rules

Youth Entry Form



Click HERE for photos of 2016 contest winners.

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