antique typewriterSince 1986, Weymouth has hosted the Annual Moore County Writers’ 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.

 The 2018 Contest is not yet open for submissions but guidelines stay the same. Dates will be available soon.

Contest Guidelines


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

Entry Categories:

Poetry-60 lines maximum

Fiction—2,500 words maximum

Nonfiction—2,500 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 to be announced.

Reception date to be announced.

Winners are contacted via email and phone.

Specific Entry Format:

NOTE: Adult and High School entrants are invited to submit their documents via our online Submittable portal.

Any Adult and High School entrants not wishing to use the online submissions system plus ALL MIDDLE AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL entrants must follow all normal 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 Entries must be original, unpublished, and not currently entered in other competitions.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. Typed, on one side only, on white, 8-1/2 x 11″ paper. No hand-written or email submissions.
      4. Double-spaced. Poetry may be single-spaced.
      5. Entries must not exceed the stated word limit.
      6. Font: 12 point Times New Roman or Arial.
      7. No staples please (paper clips or clamps only).
      8. 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 Letter 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)

Word Length of Entry

Submissions Guidelines

For all Elementary, Middle School, (Adult/High School entrants choosing not to use the Submittable Portal) Submissions:

  1. Submit two (2) copies of each entry. One copy will be mailed to the judges, and one kept at the Weymouth Center. Entries not sent in duplicate will not be accepted. Please do not put your name on your actual entry; your name should only appear on the cover page used for submission as described below. 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. You must save a copy of your entry as a Word (.doc or .docx) or RTF document. Winners will be asked to email their entries after notification.
  3. Entries become the property of Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities.
  4. Please ensure you include all requested entry information, as entries with missing information, or not meeting the submission guidelines, will be disqualified.
  5. Mail entries to Weymouth Center, P.O. Box 939, Southern Pines, NC 28388, or deliver entries directly to the Weymouth Center, 555 E. Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines (Business hours Mon-Fri, 10am-2pm).

For High School and Adult entrants wishing to use the Submittable Online Submissions Portal:

  • You’ll create an account with Submittable. It’s free. Don’t worry.
  • 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.
  • Do not include a cover letter in your actual manuscript file. Submittable will provide a text box for you to enter a cover letter and the appropriate information.
  • Attach your story as .doc, docx, or rtf file when prompted.
  • All other contest rules and guidelines apply.
  • Submittable will send you an email saying your submission was received. If you don’t receive this, check your spam folder. If you still don’t find one, email and let her know.
  • For all other questions or if you get stuck, email Anna. Don’t be shy. It’s okay. Really.


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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