LITERARY ARTS

Arts Council of York County
at the Center for the Arts
121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC

SUBMISSION DEADLINE*
Friday, August 28, 2020 | 5 PM

*This is a postmark and drop-off deadline.


AWARDS CEREMONY & READINGS
Thursday, November 5, 2020
5:30 - 7:30 PM
17th ANNUAL LITERARY
9th ANNUAL YOUTH LITERARY COMPETITION

Sponsored by the Perihelion Book Club

 

Short Story & Poetry

The Arts Council of York County presents the 17th Annual Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry from across the Southeast United States; and the 9th Annual Youth Literary Competition, highlighting the best in short stories and poetry by students enrolled in K-12 programs from across York County, SC.

2020 Literary Competiton Guidelines

GENERAL GUIDELINES AND ENTRY FORMS


ADULT COMPETITION | Download Guidelines & Entry Form (PDF)
YOUTH COMPETITION | Download Guidelines & Entry Form (PDF)
All participants are invited to a public reading and awards ceremony to be held at the Center for the Arts on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 5:30 PM. GENERAL GUIDELINES
for both Adult and Youth Literary Competitions

  • For all entries, whether in the poetry or short story category, artists must submit six (6) typed, formatted hard copies of each entry (including the title) for distribution to judges.
  • The Arts Council is unable to print copies of entries. No entries will be returned.
  • Submissions must be double-spaced and in 12 point, Times New Roman font and 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.)
  • Each copy must be printed single-sided.
  • If an entry is multiple pages, please staple or clip the pages of each entry together.
  • The writer’s name and/or photo must not appear on the manuscript.

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 autoindented paragraphs.
SUBMISSIONS
BY MAIL
Mailed Submissions must be postmarked by Friday, August 28, 2020.

Arts Council of York County
Literary Competition
PO Box 2797 | Rock Hill, SC 29732 IN PERSON
Submissions that are dropped off must be delivered by Friday, August 28, 2020.

Center for the Arts | 121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC 29730
PLEASE NOTE
  • Entries will NOT be accepted via email.
  • The registration form must be completed for your entry to be considered valid.
AWARDS
  • 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.

QUESTIONS




17th ANNUAL LITERARY COMPETITION INFORMATION


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • The 17th Annual Literary Competition is open to 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 9th Annual Youth Literary Competition.

FEES
  • Arts Council Members | $10 per entry
  • Non-Members | $15 per entry
Fees are non-refundable.
Please make checks payable to the Arts Council of York County

AWARDS
  • 1st Place | $125
  • 2nd Place | $75
  • 3rd Place | $50
Awards are provided by Perihelion Book Club of Rock Hill and are issued for each category - poetry and short story




9th ANNUAL YOUTH LITERARY COMPETITION INFORMATION


GENERAL INFORMATION

  • The 9th Annual Youth Literary Competition is open to authors enrolled in K-12 programs in York County.
  • The short story and poetry competitions are open to any subject.
  • Artists must be 18 or younger and must be enrolled in a K-12 program.
  • All submissions must be the unpublished, original work of the artist.
  • Rights remain with the artist.
  • Those over the age of 18 may submit to the 17th Annual Literary Competition.

FEES
  • FREE! There is no entry fee for the 9th Annual Youth Literary Competition.

AWARDS
  • Certificates of Achievement will be issued to the winners of each category, poetry and short story.




2020 COTTON ALLEY WRITERS' REVIEW


An online magazine will be created from the winning entries submitted to the competition
for publication in November of 2020. If you receive notification that your work has been
selected for an award, an electronic copy of your work must be submitted for inclusion in
the Cotton Alley Writers’ Review. The submitted electronic copy must be a final, edited
version of the selected work, as the Arts Council will not edit works prior to publishing.
Electronic copies of selected works must be emailed in the form of a Microsoft Word
document to jarmstrong@yorkcountyarts.org. Winners who do not submit an electronic
copy will not be published in the online magazine.





*The Perihelion Book Club, as a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, began in 1898 as a literary and social club in Rock Hill.  Over the years, club members, individually and as a club, have supported literacy in the community in a variety of ways - by conducting story hour at elementary schools, purchasing books for school libraries and funding a scholarship at Winthrop University. Today its members continue to share their love of literature with each other and to eagerly support literacy efforts in the community by raising funds at an auction held annually at its December meeting. The Perihelion Book Club is very proud to encourage writers of short stories and poetry by funding prizes for this competition.

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Support for this project is provided by the SC Arts Commission (which receives funding from the NEA), Rock Hill Accommodations Tax Grant Fund, York County Accommodations & Hospitality Tax,  the ACYC Annual Campaign, and Comporium Communications.  For visitors information including lodging, contact the York County Visitors Center at 888-702-1320. 

 

The Arts Council of York County received a Bridge Grant from South Carolina Humanities, www.schumanities.org. Funding for the Bridge Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and EconomicSecurity (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

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