N.C. State University is seeking entries for a fiction contest that’s open to all North Carolina residents who have not already published a book.
Contestants may enter one story in each of two categories: The James Hurst Prize for Fiction for a story of no more than 5,000 words and the Shorter Fiction Prize for a story of no more than 1,200 words. First place is $500 for the Hurst prize and $250 for the Shorter prize.
Last year, the university received more than 300 submissions for the fiction contest. Previous winners and tenure-track professors in the University of North Carolina system are not eligible.
Entries must be postmarked by Oct. 12, and emailed entries will not be accepted. Send them to N.C. State Fiction Contest, Campus Box 8105, English Department, N.C. State University, Raleigh, N.C., 27695-8105. For more information, go to www.ncsu.edu/creativewriting and click on “story contest.”