Take some time near Christmas to enter some writing contests, like the 2014 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. This contest, named in honor of North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe, is open to all writers regardless of geographical location.
Submissions should be shorter than 12 pages (one-inch margins, double-spaced). Just keep in mind that submissions are due by January 30, 2014.
Submissions are being collected by Submittable. Keep in mind there is an entry fee of $15 for North Carolina Writers Network members and $25 for non-members. To submit by regular mail, send to Professor Tony Abbott, PO Box 7096, Davidson College, Davidson, NC 28035.
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