Submissions are Open! $1,500 First Place Prizes

Charlotte Lit Writers/South Awards

It's time to submit! Charlotte Lit's inaugural Writers/South awards have $10,000 in prizes for writing in four categories: poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and flash.

Entries will be accepted from current and past residents of North Carolina and its border states: South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee, and Georgia. The winning entry in each category will be awarded $1,500. Second and third place stories will be awarded $500 and $250 respectively. Honorable mentions will be awarded $50. All winning stories and honorable mentions will be published in the Spring 2022 edition of Writers/South: Journal of Charlotte Lit, in both print and online editions (more on the journal can be found below).

Writers/South Award Judges for 2022:
• Poetry: Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs
• Fiction: Ron Rash
• Nonfiction: Stephanie Elizondo Griest
• Flash: Tara Campbell

Deadline is December 1. Learn more and read the contest guidelines at our Writers/South Awards info page.

Don't Miss: Writers/South in Storied Charlotte

A big thank you to Mark West for featuring Writers/South in this week's Storied Charlotte blog. Read and share! 

Fall Classes Begin This Month!

In Case You Missed It: Covid Class Updates

Our first priority is to keep our community safe. So, we've made changes to some September and October classes and events:

  • Ada Limón master class, September 11, will be socially-distanced (and masked), moving from Studio Two to the building's auditorium.
  • An Evening with Ron Rash moves from September 24 to May 6, 2022.
  • Two classes move to the spring: Ron Rash master class from September 25 to May 7, 2022; and Irene Blair Honeycutt's "I almost think they save me…" from October 2 to April 2, 2022.
  • Three classes have been moved from in-person to online: Kim Wright's Re-charging Your Writing, September 28; Judy Goldman's "Writing About Ourselves," September 30, October 7 and 14; and Kathy Izard's Marketing Your Book, Tuesday, October 19.

If you're registered, you should have received email about changes that affect you. And please keep an eye on this newsletter for additional updates. Also note: proof of Covid vaccination, in advance, is required to attend any in-person event.

Beat the Delta blues: Join us online!

Experience Charlotte Lit's classes from the comfort and safety of your homes. Here are all our fall online offerings. (And find all our classes here.)

  • The Art of Detail, with Meg Rich: four-week asynchronous studio begins Sunday, September 26.
  • Re-charging Your Writing Post-Pandemic, with Kim Wright, Tuesday, September 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom (moved from in-person).
  • Writing About Ourselves: Crafting a Memoir Others Will Care to Read,  three Thursdays, September 30, October 7 and 14, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom (moved from in-person).
  • Fueling the Fires: Journal as Inspiration, with Ashley Memory, Tuesday, October 12, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • Marketing Your Book, with Kathy Izard, Tuesday, October 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom (moved from in-person).
  • Writing the Personal Essay, with Amy Paturel: four-week asynchronous studio begins Sunday, October 24.
  • The Flesh Made Word: Writing Allegory, with George Hovis, two Tuesdays, October 26 and November 2, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.
  • The Editor's Eye: Poetry, with Luke Whisnant, Tuesday, November 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m. via Zoom.

Stretch Yourself: 4-Week Asynchronous Studios

The Art of Detail

Sunday, September 26 to Saturday, October 23, 2021
Location: Asynchronous/Virtual via Wet Ink and Zoom
Optional Zoom sessions on Monday, September 27 and October 18, 6:00 p.m.

With Megan Rich. For most writers, bringing the rich world inside your head onto the page is a challenge. Yet fully fleshing out details is precisely the skill that enables readers to connect with your work. Though we don’t often acknowledge it, it’s also what connects us as writers to our creativity. But how, precisely, do we do it? In this course, we’ll explore the importance of sensory details and the clever, diverse, and artful ways they can be employed in prose. Along with weekly readings to inspire and instruct us, there will be exercises and prompts to help generate rich, memorable passages for our work. In addition to delivering inspiration and practical craft advice, Meg Rich will provide feedback on weekly assignments. This course is perfect for anyone struggling with rendering details, whether in a first or fiftieth draft.

$300 members; $375 non-members (includes one-year Charlotte Lit General Membership) • Register

Writing the Personal Essay

4 weeks Asynchronous: Sunday, October 24 – Saturday, November 20, 2021
Location: Asynchronous/Virtual via Wet Ink and Zoom
Optional Zoom sessions on Monday, October 25 and November 15, 7:00 p.m.

With Amy Paturel. Do you have ideas stuck in your head instead of on the page, or dozens of unfinished essays hibernating on your hard drive? It’s time to unearth those gems and get them published! With this 4-week intensive workshop, you get all of the benefits of the self-guided course, plus feedback from the instructor on prompt responses and assignments. You’ll participate in an online platform where you’ll engage with other students and receive valuable essay-writing insights. Finally, each student will have the opportunity to workshop one essay in real time and receive a detailed critique on one completed draft.

$300 members; $375 non-members (includes one-year Charlotte Lit General Membership) • Register

Tuesdays: Pen to Paper

Every Tuesday we gather on Zoom for a writing prompt, community writing time, and sharing — Led by Meg Rich, Kathie Collins, or Paul Reali — 9:30-10:30 a.m. Always free! Register for any session here to get the week's link.

What's What

Things We Like This Week

WHAT TO BLOG: Storied Charlotte this week! Mark West writes about Charlotte Lit's new Writers/South journal and awards.
WHAT TO COLLAGE: We encourage you to check out Collage Techniques for Writers, at Flatiron Writers Room in Asheville, September 12. Ever since Picasso and Braque “invented” collage in the early 1900s, collage technique has played a vast and vital role in all the arts, from painting and photography to cinema and dance, as well as in all genres of literature. In this 3-hour course, you'll explore the ways in which collage technique can be utilized in your work, whether it be poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction.
WHAT TO STREAM: Friends of Lit Tom Hanchett and Mary Newsom appeared with Justin Perry and Mike Collins on WFAE's Charlotte Talks this week, discussing the effects of segregation on Charlotte's development. For more, check out Tom's fantastic and important book, Sorting Out the New South City: Race, Class, and Urban Development in Charlotte, 1875-1975, which is now in its second edition.
WHAT TO POD: Charlotte Readers Podcast: In episode 240, host Landis Wade visits with Muriel Sheubrooks, author of Beyond the Fences, a coming-of-age novel in which a young and ambitious woman journeys from her safe and familiar home in rural Kentucky to join the high-cultured European fashion industry.

More Lit Arts Action


Monday, September 13: Virtual Writing Salon & Social Time, with Tiffany Grantham, 7:00 p.m., via Zoom.

Tuesday, September 21: Monthly Meeting, 6:30 p.m. This month:  Charlie Lovett, Thoughts on Beginnings and Endings. Virtual via Zoom.

September 25, 2:00 p.m. Finding a Story, a virtual writing workshop with Jill McCorkle.

September 24 (and every 4th Friday), LIVE Open Mic Night for CWC Members to read their work, 6:45 - 9 p.m. Mug's Coffee, 5126 Park Road, Charlotte.

Learn more about these events at


Our sister organization in Asheville has a great class lineup this fall, too! Here are three to check out:

Intermediate Screenwriting, 8 sessions, begins Sep. 8, with Maryedith Burrell
Learn To Pitch Your Book, Saturday, Sep. 11, with Agent Maggie Cooper (online)
Collage Technique, Sunday, Sep. 12, with Sebastian Matthews

Find more from Flatiron Writers Room here.


19th Annual James River Writers Conference, Online, October 8-10, with pre-conference master classes on Friday, October 8. Classes, agent one-on-one meetings, and "First Pages Panel" with literary agents. Info


NEW! Charlotte Lit Writers/South Awards. $1,500 / $500 / $250 and $50 honorable mentions, in four categories: 

• Poetry: 1-3 poems, up to five pages total, judged by Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs
• Fiction: up to 4000 words, judged by Ron Rash
• Nonfiction: up to 4000 words, judged by Stephanie Elizondo Griest
• Flash: 1-2 pieces, up to 500 words each, judged by Tara Campbell

Deadline is December 1. Learn more and read the contest guidelines at our Writers/South Awards info page or submit at our Submittable page.

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