Submissions should be 500-1,000 words "and should express a climatic, suspenseful, & emotionally engaging tale based on an elder’s life experiences." There are three ages categories (grades 4 and 5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12) with cash prizes for the top three winners in each. First prize received $100, second received $50 and third gets $25.
This competition is inspired by Wolfe’s short story, "Chickamauga," "In 1937, Thomas Wolfe interviewed his then 95 year old great uncle, John Westall, about the old man’s experience in the Civil War," says a press release. "Motivated by the aged veteran’s memories of the 1862 Battle of Chickamauga, Wolfe composed a fictional short story based on the account. 'Chickamauga' became one his most famous short narratives."
Entries are to be mailed or delivered to Thomas Wolfe Memorial at 52 North Market Street, Asheville, NC, 28801, no later than Friday, April 27. Awards are announced on Saturday, May 19.
For a list of complete guidelines, instructions and submission form, click here.
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