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SPONSORED BY

The Perihelion Club of Rock Hill

ABOUT

ADULT COMPETITION

The 19th Annual Literary Competition is open to all artists in the Southeast United States.

The short story and poetry competitions are open to any subject. All submissions must be the unpublished, original work

of the artist. Rights remain with the artist.

Artists must be 18 or older and must not be enrolled in a K-12 program. Students enrolled in a K-12 program may enter the 11th Annual Youth Literary Competition.

FEES | $15 per entry

Credit card payments are accepted online at yorkcountyarts.org. Payments may also be made by phone at (803)328-2787,

or mailed to Arts Council of York County, ATTN: Literary Competition, PO Box 2797, Rock Hill, SC 29732. Please make checks payable to the Arts Council of York County. This fee is non-refundable, even if work is not accepted. All mailed or delivered payments must be received by the Arts Council of York County by Wednesday, march 20, 2024 at 5 PM. NOTE: This is NOT a postmark deadline.

AWARDS

Awards for the adult competition will be issued for each category - poetry and short story.

 1st Place $125

• 2nd Place $75

• 3rd Place $50

Only one prize per artist, per category will be awarded. Authors are permitted to enter both categories and entries are eligible to win an award in each competition, however, there are no repeat prizewinners within the categories each year.

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YOUTH COMPETITION

The 11th Annual Youth Literary Competition is open to artists who reside in York County, and are enrolled in a K-12 program.

 

The short story and poetry competitions are open to any subject. All submissions must be the unpublished, original work of the artist. Rights remain with the artist.

 

Artists must be 18 or younger, reside in York County, and must be enrolled in a K-12 program in the spring of 2024. Those over the age of 18 and not enrolled in a K-12 program may submit to the 19th Annual Adult Literary Competition.

FEES | FREE

 There is no entry fee for the 2024 Youth Literary Competition.

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ONLINE MAGAZINE


An online magazine, the Cotton Alley Writers’ Review, will be created from the winning entries submitted to the competition
for publication in May 2024. Winners will be notified.

 

The Arts Council will not make any changes to your digital submission prior to or after publication. Winners who do not wish to be published may decline to be included in the magazine.

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SUBMISSION


• Entries are accepted online.
• An
online form must be completed for each entry.
• Submissions must be double-spaced and in 12 point, Times New Roman font and traditionally formatted works must include auto-indents to paragraphs. (Spacing requirements do not apply to submissions classified as poetry, as the poet will retain creative license over formatting.)
• Digital files must be .pdf, .doc, .docx, or .gdoc files.
• File names must be the title of the poem or short story. Example: theiceburg.pdf.
• The writer’s name and/or photo must not appear on the manuscript or in the file name so works can be judged
anonymously.


POETRY


Entries may not exceed 100 lines.
For poems of the stanza, haiku, or sonnet variety, please use 12 point, Times New Roman font. If visual formatting is important to your piece of poetry please submit in clearly readable font and size.


SHORT STORY


Entries may not exceed 6,000 words.
Stories must
be double spaced, 12 point, Times New Roman font, with auto-indented paragraphs.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

ENTRY DEADLINE 

Sunday, March 24, 2024


PUBLIC READING & AWARDS CEREMONY
All participants are invited to a public reading and awards ceremony.

 

RESCHEDULED:
Wednesday, May 22, 2024 | 5:30 PM
Center for the Arts | 121 East Main Street, Rock Hill, SC 29730

SUBMIT ADULT ENTRY
SUBMIT YOUTH ENTRY
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QUESTIONS?

Christina Melchiorre | cmelchiorre@yorkcountyarts.org

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