Deadline Sept. 30 for literary fiction contest

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 1, 2019

The Writers’ Workshop Annual Literary Fiction Contest is open, with a postmarked deadline of Sept. 30.


 First place: Your choice of a two-night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville; or three free workshops (in person or online); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff;

Second: Two free workshops; or 35 pages line-edited;

Third:  One free workshop, or 25 pages line-edited;

10 honorable mentions.


 Submit a short story or chapter of a novel of 5,000 words or less.

Pages should be paper clipped, with your name, address, phone and title of work on the first page. Double-space, and use 12 point font.

The entry fee is $25 per story. Multiple entries are accepted. Enclose self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners. Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to: Fiction Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805.

Emailed submissions may be sent in Word doc attachment to, with “Fiction Contest” in the subject. The entry fee is payable online at

On ‘Bookwatch’

Rob Christensen talks about “The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys,” Sunday, Aug. 4, 11 a.m., and Tuesday, Aug. 6, 5 p.m. on UNC-TV.

 Raleigh News & Observer political reporter and columnist Christensen’s  “The Rise and Fall of the Branchhead Boys” follows the Alamance County farm family of North Carolina governors Kerr Scott and his son Robert.

 He describes how Kerr Scott defeated the favored gubernatorial candidate of the conservative wing of the party in 1948 and adopted a liberal program of road building, public school improvement and the expansion of government services.

When elected to the U.S. Senate in 1954 as a liberal in a campaign managed by future Governor Terry Sanford, he nevertheless joined with fellow Southerners to oppose civil rights legislation.

Christensen then follows the political career of Kerr’s son, Bob Scott, who, when elected governor in 1968, faced mountains of bitter controversies in the areas of race, labor, student unrest and higher education administration.