antique typewriterSince 1986, Weymouth has hosted the Annual Moore County Writing Competition, underwritten by the Donald and Elizabeth Cooke Foundation.

The competition seeks to promote writing throughout Moore County and honor the work that goes into creating superior writing.

Cash prizes are awarded to first, second and third place winners; honorable mentions receive a certificate. Winning entries are printed in a special publication that is made available at Weymouth and The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines.


Moore County Writing Contest Guidelines


The competition is open to students and residents of Moore County, NC

Entry Categories

Poetry-60 lines maximum

Fiction—3,000 words maximum

Nonfiction—3,000 words maximum

Age Groups

Grades 1-4

Grades 5-8

Grades 9-12



The following awards will be presented for each age group within each entry category.

First Place-$100

Second Place-$50

Third Place-$25

Honorable Mention – Certificate of Merit

Deadline January 30, 2019, 5:00 p.m.

Reception date: April 14, 2019.

Winners will be contacted via email.

Specific Entry Format

All entrants must follow all entry format and submission guidelines.

  1. Entries must be original, unpublished, and not currently entered in other competitions.
  2. One entry, per person, in each category.
  3. Entries must not exceed the stated word limit.
  4. Font: 12 point Times New Roman or Arial.
  5. Digital format only. Email .pdf to
  6. Please center your title at the top of the first page of your entry. For every page, after the first, including both the title and page number in the top right-hand corner.

Cover page should contain:

Entry Title

Author’s name

Author’s home address

Author’s phone number and email address

Entry Category

Age Group (if a student, please include the name of your school and teacher’s name)

Word Count of Entry

Submissions Guidelines

For all submissions:

  1. Your name should only appear on the cover page. This competition uses a blind judging format. Cover pages will be removed prior to judging so the author’s name is not on the work as it is being read.
  2. Entries become the property of Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities.
  3. Please ensure you include all requested entry information, as entries with missing information, or not meeting the submission guidelines, will be disqualified.


  • Choose the correct age and contest category.
  • Do not include any contact information on your manuscript document itself including headers, footers, file name, author byline, or title.


Winning entries will be included in a special writers’ publication available at Weymouth Center, The Country Bookshop and the Weymouth Center has first publication rights and reserves the right to edit or excerpt manuscripts before publication.

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