From a press release:
Thomas Wolfe Memorial Student Writing Competition 2014
The Thomas Wolfe Memorial invites students in grades 4 to 12 to participate in the “Telling Our Tales” Student Writing Competition. Thomas Wolfe was a master of taking his experiences and reinventing them for fiction writing. He spent three years writing Look Homeward, Angel from 1926-1929. The young protagonist Eugene Gant was based on incidents from his own life. While his book sold well, Wolfe needed income to continue writing a second book. He began selling future chapters to magazines as short stories. In May 1934, Scribner’s Magazine published the story “The Sun and the Rain.”
In this competition, students will submit their own works of fiction inspired by “The Sun and the Rain.” First, second and third place winners will be chosen from three age groups: grades 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Cash awards will be sponsored by the Friends of Thomas Wolfe for each group; 1st place- $50, 2nd place- $30, 3rd place- $20. Further instructions and helpful material for the competition can be found on the Thomas Wolfe Memorial website wolfememorial.com. Submissions are due postmarked Friday, September 26, or hand delivered by 5:00 PM on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Winners will be invited to present their stories and accept their awards at a program at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial’s visitor center on Saturday, October 18, at 1:00 P.M.
For more information contact Historic Interpreter David Rayburn at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial 52 N. Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801 (828) 253- 8304 or visit wolfememorial.com.