Wolfe Memorial announces ‘Telling Our Tales’ student writing competition

School boy photo of Thomas Wolfe, courtesy of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial

Press release from N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources:

Asheville native Thomas Wolfe is best known for his novels but wrote many short stories as well. In anticipation of the 118th October birthday celebration for Wolfe, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial invites students and teachers to participate in the 2018 “Telling Our Stories” Student Writing Competition. Entries can be accepted now through Saturday, Oct. 6.

Students must submit their own work of fiction inspired by Thomas Wolfe’s story “No Cure for It.” The story was published in 1941 three years after Wolfe’s death in a collection of short stories titled “The Hills Beyond.” The story returns to the life of “Look Homeward Angel” character Eugene Gant whose concerned mother summons a doctor to examine the alarmingly awkward and extremely tall seven-years-old.

First, second, and third place winners will be chosen from three age groups: grades four to five, six to eight, and nine to 12. Submissions may be hand delivered, postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6. Winners will be invited to present their stories and accept their awards at a program at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial’s visitor center at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Cash awards are given in each age group.

Find the story, competition guidelines, submission form and ideas on website on the Thomas Wolfe Memorial website at  http://wolfememorial.com/for-teachers/student-writing-contest/.

For more information about the event contact Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 N. Market Street, Asheville, NC 28801, call 828-253-8304 or visit www.wolfememorial.com. It is part of the Division of State Historic Sites within the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. NCDNCR’s mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state’s history, conserving the state’s natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.

NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.

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