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 for the 2019 Cos Barnes Fellowship in Fiction will open on May 1 and end on July 31.

Award announced on September 1, 2019.

More information on our 2019 guest judge will be available soon.

Meet Christine Hennessey, winner of the 2018 Cos Barnes Fellowship and 2017 Cos Barnes Fellowship in Fiction winner, Anita Collins.

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.

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.

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. Damita serves on the Southern Pines Public Library Advisory Board and also volunteers with the Writers-in-Residence program at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities. She is an avid hiker and is currently section hiking the Appalachian Trail.