Creative Writing Competition

Montreat College announces its 12th Annual Creative Writing Competition. This event showcases the work of high school student authors and seeks to publicly recognize young talent in Western North Carolina. Six scholarships will be awarded: two in each of the three categories with $1500 for first place and $1000 for second place. Selected entries will be published in The Lamp Post, the college’s annual literary magazine.

  • Categories: Poetry, Fiction, Songwriting

  • One entry per writer

  • Maximum Length: 100 words

  • If part of a larger piece (short story, novel, screenplay, etc), choose the strongest portion.

Entries should be submitted in Word documents and formatted in Times/Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced. By their act of submission, each contestant releases one-time rights for their work to Montreat College for publishing in both print and online versions of the 2020 issue of The Lamp Post.

Send entries to CWFcontest@montreat.edu no later than April 10, 2020. Applicants should use their category as the subject line and include their full name, grade, teacher, and school name in the body of the email.