McGinnis continued that for poetry entries, the rules include submitting one poem per person on any subject, in any style, using free or blank verse or rhyming. Each should be limited to 32 lines or less.
Prose entries are likewise one per person. They may be an essay or short story on any subject, limited to about 750 words.
Entries in prose and poetry must be titled, original, unpublished and must never have won a cash award before.
The competition is open to adults and also to Lincoln County School students. Only students have to be from Lincoln County. Adults may be from neighboring counties.
Each school is asked to screen its entries and submit only the best. Student entries must come through the school and not be delivered individually to the Lincoln County Schools central office or the Arts Council of Lincoln County.
Prize money will be divided between prose and poetry entrants. Winning students from all grades will receive $40, $25 and $15 respectively for first, second and third-place honors. Adults 18 years of age and older will receive $60, $40 and $25 for first, second and third place respectively.
Participants should submit two typewritten, double-spaced copies of each entry. One copy must include in the upper right-hand corner the participant’s full name (and age, if a student), address, telephone number, category (prose or poetry), age group (adult or specific school grade), e-mail address and school name. The second copy should include only the poem, essay or story, with no identification.
Student entries must be submitted through a participating school. Late entries will not be accepted. All entries must be postmarked by April 13 and mailed to:
The Arts Council of Lincoln County Literary Competition, PO Box 45, Lincolnton, N.C. 28092.
An awards ceremony and reading for students will be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center, located at 403 E. Main St. in Lincolnton, April 27 at 7 p.m. An awards ceremony for adults will follow, April 30 at 6:30 p.m., in the arts council galleries, also at the LCC.
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