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In honor of Cos Barnes, the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities is offering an annual merit-based fellowship for one North Carolina writer.

Cos Barnes, a talented writer and former chair of the Writers-in-Residence Program, was dedicated to Weymouth’s writers and poets.

The recipient will be awarded a one-week residency at Weymouth and a $500.00 stipend.

Submissions will be open May 1, 2018 – July 31, 2018. A decision will be announced on September 30, 2018.

Meet our 2017 Fellow here.

Submissions open on May 1, 2018.

Here’s the link to submit. 


Submission Guidelines for the Cos Barnes Fellowship in Fiction:

The Cos Barnes Fellowship in Fiction is open to all North Carolina writers or writers with a North Carolina connection.

*Stories must be double-spaced, 12 pt., Times New Roman, up to 6000 words. Please number and title every page. (.doc/.docx files only)

*Submit your best work. Previously published is acceptable.

*Submissions will be read blind. Submittable will collect and record your contact information. Please do NOT include a cover sheet with your piece.

*Entry fee is $15.00 per submission for Weymouth Writers (to qualify you must have taken a residency in the past year) and Friends of Weymouth members. All others will be $20.00 per submission.

*Simultaneous submissions are fine, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted.

*No erotica or gratuitous violence

We are open to work that represents the full variety of humanity. We have no bias toward race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, or physical limitation. 

Thank you to the Cos Barnes Fellowship in Fiction Review Committee for volunteering their time and expertise to the Weymouth Center for Arts & Humanities.

Katrina Denza

Chair; The Cos Barnes Fellowship in Fiction

Chair; Weymouth Writers-in-Residence

Board Secretary; Friends of Weymouth, Inc

Katrina’s work can be found in REAL: Regarding Arts and Letters, The Jabberwock Review, The Emerson Review, Storyglossia, The MacGuffin, Confrontation, Passages North, SmokeLong Quarterly, elimae, wigleaf, Pank, and Gargoyle #57, among others. Currently, she is an Associate Editor for Narrative Magazine. In 2011, Katrina was awarded the Carol Houck Smith Contributor Scholarship for the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

Damita Nocton

Damita Nocton is a retired educator with a longtime love affair with the written word. She earned a BS degree in from Indiana State University, with a double major in elementary education and special education and an MA in elementary education from the University of Carolina at Pembroke. Damita is a certified reading specialist and spent over two decades fostering a love of reading and literature in children.

Upon retirement, Damita began a second career at The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines, where she can feed her passion in literary fiction, southern literature, and short story collections. Damita enjoys reading advanced copies of novels and submitting reviews to the publishers prior to publication. She also directs two youth book clubs in the shop.

Damita is currently serving on the Southern Pines Public Library Advisory Board. She also volunteers with the Writers-in-Residence program at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities. Damita lives in Southern Pines with her husband, Tim and their son, Caleb. She is an avid hiker and is currently section hiking the Appalachian Trail.

Jeremy Hawkins

Jeremy Hawkins’ debut novel THE LAST DAYS OF VIDEO, was published by Soft Skull Press (an imprint of Counterpoint Press) in 2015. His writing has appeared at Electric Literature Diagram, Pacifica, The Molotov Cocktail, and other venues. He earned an MFA in Fiction from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and he is the founder and lead editor of The Distillery, a web-based editing service. He lives in Carrboro, NC, and teaches creative writing at the Carrboro Arts Center.

Guest Judge

Taylor Brown

Taylor Brown grew up on the Georgia coast. He is the author of a short story collection, In the Season of Blood and Gold (Press 53, 2014), and three novels from St. Martin’s Press:  Fallen Land (2016), The River of Kings (2017), and Gods of Howl Mountain (2018). His story collection was a finalist in the 2015 International Book Awards, and his first two novels were short-listed for the Southern Book Prize. His fourth novel, The Pride of Eden, will be published in 2020.  You can find his work in a wide range of publications, including The North Carolina Literary Review, The Bitter SouthernerThe RumpusGarden & Gun, The Southwest Review, Chautauqua, storySouth, and many others. He is the recipient of a Montana Prize in Fiction, as well as a finalist for the Press 53 Open Awards, the Machigonne Fiction Contest, the Wabash Prize in Fiction, the Rick DeMarinis Short Story Contest, the Dahany Fiction Prize, and the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. Taylor, an Eagle Scout, graduated from the University of Georgia in 2005.  He settled in Wilmington, NC, after long stints in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, and the mountains of North Carolina.  He is founder and the editor-in-chief of BikeBound.com, the largest custom motorcycle blog in the United States.  He likes old motorcycles, thunderstorms, and dogs with beards.

Here’s the link to submit. submit

You may submit to both the Cos Barnes Fellowship in Fiction and the Susan Laughter Meyers Poetry Fellowship at Weymouth.

To submit to the Susan Laughter Meyers Poetry Fellowship at Weymouth, here’s the link.

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Your donations to Weymouth Center and/or North Carolina Poetry Society will go toward helping to sustain the Fellowship. All donations are optional and will not affect submission status or chances of winning.

Apply now to be a Weymouth Writer-in-Residence.

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