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Doris Betts Fiction Prize


Wednesday, February 15, 2017


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Entry Fees

$10 North Carolina Writers' Network members or NC Literary Review subscribers / $20 for non-members/non-subscribers).


$250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. Finalists will also be considered for publication in the NCLR.


The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible.

The competition is for previously unpublished short stories up to 6,000 words. Multiple entries ok, but each requires a separate entry fee. No novel excerpts. Stories do NOT have to relate to NCLR’s annual special feature topic.

The deadline is February 15.

Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Submit previously unpublished stories online at Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($10 NCWN members or NCLR subscribers / $20 for non-members/non-subscribers).

To pay submission fees by check or money order, make payable to the North Carolina Writers Network and mail to: Ed Southern, PO Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC 27120- 1591

Documents must be Microsoft Word or .rtf files. Stories should be double-spaced. Author’s name should not appear on manuscripts. (Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.) If you have any problems submitting electronically, email NCLR’s Submission Manager.

If submitting by mail, mail story manuscript with a cover sheet providing name, address, email address, word count, and manuscript title, to:

ECU Mailstop
555 English
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
(but mail payment to the Network as per instructions above)

The winner and finalists will be announced by May 1. The winning story and select finalists will be published in the next year’s issue of the North Carolina Literary Review.

Contact Information

Questions may be directed to Margaret Bauer, Editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, at [email protected]



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