ONGOING The Creative Center (formerly Greensboro School of Creativity) classes and workshops (various topics) 900 16th St, Greensboro, NC

ONGOING Second Saturday, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm PROMPT WRITING CLASS WITH NANCY PEACOCK Where: Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.  Cost: Free and open to the public Prompt Writing: Based on the work of Natalie Goldberg (Writing Down the Bones, Wild Mind) we set a timer for fifteen minutes and write using prompts as our launch pads.

ONGOING 1st and 3rd Thursdays every month Creative writing program for seniors A free class from 1:15-2:30 on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays every month at the Senior Center in the Dorothy Bardolph building, 301 E. Washington St., Greensboro, led by Wanda Linz. For information contact Tiffany Mumford at 373-4816, Ext. 237 or

ONGOING On-line Writing Classes Check out . Various classes and fees. Get Published! – Publishing the Short Story or Essay (22 Oct) — For intermediate to advanced writers preparing to find markets for their short fiction or essay. (8 weeks: $295) Building Fiction Image by Image (5 Nov) Geeky Stuff for Writers (5 Nov) Introduction to Poetry (5 Nov) Travel Writing: From Press Trips to Punctured Tires (12 Nov)

ONGOING -Sundays, 7-9 pm The Front Gate, a new group for writers of fiction, poetry and that hard-to-define genre, creative nonfiction, will meet 7-9 p.m., Sundays, a t Caribou Coffeehouse, Friendly Center, Greensboro, Writing to prompts and exercises, discussion of specific authors’ techniques, helpful suggestions with no harsh critiques. A safe, productive way to generate and hone your own writing. Beginners and experienced writers welcome. $45 by the month, $13 by the week (only 4 meetings in months with 5 Sundays). Your first meeting free. Space limited, reservations necessary. Contact Susan Seawolf Hayes, facilitator, at (336)-509-0660 or for more information and to reserve your place.

Monday, September 16 and 23, 6:30-8:30 PM
Women Writers of the Triad is offering two more freewriting workshops for females who are survivors of domestic abuse and would like to share their story.
Workshops are held t the Glenwood Branch of the Greensboro Public Library.

September 28, 10 AM-noon
In connection with 100,000 Poets for Change, Alfred Harrell of Greensboro Poetry Meetup presents a writing workshop at the Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road, Greensboro.

September 28, noon-2:00PM
The Writers Group of the Triad and Greensboro Poetry Meetup invite poets and prose writers to an open mic at the Hemphill Branch Library, 2301 W. Vandalia Road. See WGOT Events, above.

Sunday, Oct. 20th from 2:30 to 4:30 pm.
WGOT Annual Meeting
Showcase Gallery of the Creative Center., 900 Sixteenth Street, Greensboro 27405

Saturday, Oct. 19 and Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10:00 am until 12:00 pm  Creative Center  Two part WGOT All Genres Interactive Writing and Art Workshop with Stephen Wessells Address: 900 Sixteenth Street, Greensboro 27405

Cost:  Free for WGOT members and students with ID; $15 for nonmembers. **Join WGOT (cost is $30 for annual membership) and get in free!**

Required:  Register with Steve at or call (336) 856-7128 if you plan to attend. Bring a writing utensil and paper.

About the Workshop:  Art stirs the imagination and is a rich source for imagery. On 10/19 workshop writers will choose a work of art in the Creative Center as a springboard for a piece of writing.  These pieces of prose or poetry will be read by the workshop writers on the following Saturday, 10/26 in the Gallery. Artists will talk about their works, thus beginning a conversation between the writers and artists.

October 26, 9:30 AM-2:30 PM
NCPS Down East Fall Workshop– Scott Owens will lead the session on “The Four Habits of Highly Productive Writers” at the Ragan Writing Center on the Barton College campus. Cost is $15 for NCPS members and $25 for nonmembers. Participants may send a one-page poem for review, two weeks ahead of time, to Scott at Please send registration fee (checks made to NC Poetry Society) to Rebecca Godwin, Department of English and Modern Languages, Barton College, Box 5000, Wilson, NC 27893. Or, let her know that you will attend by sending an email to and pay when you arrive. Bring a brown bag lunch or have lunch on your own. Drinks will be provided.

November 1-3
Rockingham County Arts Council  2013 Studio Tour.  Literary artists are invited to participate in the Bookstore at the Art Market.  Press and printed advertising materials are now in prepration.  For more information or to participate, contact Kathryn Gauldin. Executive Director. Rockingham County Arts Council, P.O. Box 83, Wentworth, NC 27375.  Phone: 336.349.4039.

Nov. 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm. Writing to Prompts with Cynthia Schaub in the Library of the Creative Center. Address: 900 Sixteenth Street, Greensboro 27405 (Registration WILL be required)


A quarterly contest for all types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy . To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment, and at
least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits. Prizes: $5000 annual; $1000, $750, $500 quarterly. Fee: NONE

Deadline: Sept. 19
Theme: What’s the bravest thing you’ve ever done? . Limit 1,500 words.  Must be nonfiction. Prize: $3000 and publication Fee: NONE

Deadline: Sept. 21
The Solas Awards honors writers whose work inspires others to explore– looking for the best stories about travel and the world– funny, illuminating,  adventurous, uplifting, scary, inspiring, poignant stories that reflect the unique alchemy that occurs when you enter unfamiliar
territory and begin to see the world differently as a result. Prizes: $1000-$500. Fee: $20

Deadline:  Sept. 23
The competition is open to unpublished women novelists writing in any genre for adults, including literary fiction, women’s fiction, young adult fiction, science fiction, fantasy, chick-lit, crime fiction, thriller, historical fiction… but not nonfiction or fiction for under 13s. To constitute a novel, your book must total at least 50,000 words. You may submit up to 5,000 words, which must be the first 5,000 words of the novel. Women who have had a novel published commercially, for any age group, in any country, are not eligible. Women who have had other types of books published (e.g. poetry, memoir, nonfiction), but have not had a novel published, are eligible. Self-published manuscripts are eligible.
Prize: £5,000.12 shortlisted authors will be invited to a networking event and introduced to a specially invited group of literary agents.
Fee: £25

Deadline: Sept. 30
NCW POETRY CONTEST- Northern Colorado Writers’ 3rd annual nationwide poetry competition. Up to 250 lines per poem, submit up to 3 poems per entry fee. Final judge is David Mason.
Prizes: $1,000, $250, $100, publication and a copy of the anthology, Pooled Ink. Fee: $20

Deadline:  Sept. 30
Tom Howard/Margaret Reid Poetry Contest.  Both published and unpublished work accepted.  Judges: John H. Reid, Dee C. Konrad.  Prizes: . $5,500 in prizes will be awarded, including $2,000 for a poem in any style and $2,000 for a poem that rhymes or has a traditional style. . All entries that win cash prizes will be published on (over one million page views per year) and announced in the Winning Writers Newsletter, with over 40,000 subscribers. Fee: $8 for every 25 lines. Enter online or by mail.
See guidelines, past winners, and enter at 

Deadline: Sept. 30
CINNAMON PRESS SINGLE POEM PRIZE —Open to all writers – published and beginners
Prizes:  £1000, £250 & £50 + publication.  FEE £4 for 1 poem, £10 for 3 poems
Details: .

Deadline:  Oct. 1
AURA ESTRADA SHORT STORY CONTEST for previously unpublished stories not exceeding 5,000 words. Prize:  $1500 and publication in Boston Review, summer, 2014. First runner-up will be published in a following issue, and second runner-up will be published at the Boston Review web site. Fee: $20
Details: .

Deadline:  Oct. 15
LEE SMITH NOVEL PRIZE – Carolina Wren Press will choose one unpublished novel to receive the Lee Smith Novel Prize, in honor of esteemed Southern author, literary mentor, and teacher Lee Smith. The award will be presented to a novel of at least 50,000 words by an author from, living in, or writing about the American South-authors need only meet one of these qualifications, not all three. Prize:  $1000 and publication
Details and submission form:

Deadline: Oct. 15
DOGWOOD MULTI-GENRE CONTEST. Dogwood welcomes entries in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for its annual contest. Prizes:  $1,000 grand prize for one winning entry. The grand prize winner will be chosen from winners in nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. Winners in the other two genres will receive prizes of $250. All submissions considered for publication in the 13th annual edition of this print and e-pub journal. Fee: $15

Deadline: Oct. 31
TUPELO PRESS’ SUNKEN GARDEN CHAPBOOK PRIZE for an unpublished manuscript of about 20-36 pages.  Mark Doty will judge. Prize:  $1000 and publication, 25 copies, promotion. Fee: $24

Deadline:  November 1
Creative Nonfiction: “Mistakes” Essay Contest, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Creative Nonfiction is seeking new essays of up to 4,000 words about mistakes – major or minor, tragic or serendipitous, funny or painful for an upcoming issue. Prize:  $1000; $500 to runner-up Fee: $20 (or $25 to enter and receive 4issues)

Deadline:  November 15
Submissions for The Lena M. Shull Book Contest, an annual contest for a full length poetry manuscript written by a resident of North Carolina, opens Sept. 16.  The manuscript must not have been previously published, although individual poems within the collection may have been published elsewhere. Prize: $250, publication by a NC press, 50 copies of the book, and a reading at Poetry Day at Catawba Valley Community College in April 2014. Fee: $25. Entrants may submit more than one manuscript, with a fee of $25 for each.

Deadline: Nov. 15
In collaboration with Louisiana State University Press and Winthrop University, Pleiades Press publishes a book of poetry a year, as determined through the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Poetry Prize. Judges are poets of national prominence; screeners are also well-published poets. The contest is co-directed by Susan Ludvigson (at Winthrop) and Wayne Miller (at the University of Central Missouri). Winning books are printed in a run of 1,000 copies and distributed through Louisiana State University Press. The judge for the 2014 Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize will be Alicia Ostriker. Prize: $2000 and publication. Fee: $25

Deadline:  Nov. 30
CINNAMON PRESS DEBUT POETRY COLLECTION PRIZE  — Open to those who have not had a full collection published. Prize: £500 + a publishing contract and up to 25 runners up published in a poetry anthology. FEE £12

Poets and Writers lists numerous grants and awards.