The Arts Council of Lincoln County is asking current and former county residents to participate in its 31st Annual Robinson-Lineberger Literary Competition.
According to the arts council’s press release, the trustees of Mrs. Flo Robinson’s estate established the competition to memorialize her lifelong interest in poetry and prose and to encourage writers to pursue excellence in their craft.
“The Robert Lineberger estate has added its support to ensure this tradition continues to give a voice to many members of the Lincoln County community,” the press release said.
The competition is open to students in public or private schools as well as adults. Participants can submit one poetry and one prose entry each. Poetry entries should be limited to 32 lines or less, but there are no restrictions regarding the subject or style of poem. Prose entries can be an essay or short story on any subject, limited to approximately 750 words. Submitted entries in poetry and prose must be titled, original, unpublished and must have never won a cash award before.
Prize money will be divided between prose and poetry in the following four categories: elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and adults. Elementary school participants must be in third, fourth or fifth grade, and adult participants must be at least 18 years of age. Three awards will be presented in each age category. Student participant winners will receive $40 for first place, $25 for second place and $15 for third place. Adult participant winners will receive $60 for first place, $40 for second place and $25 for third place.
Those interested in participating should submit two typewritten, double spaced copies of their entry. One copy should have the following information listed in the upper right-hand corner: full name, age (students only), address, telephone number, category (prose or poetry), age group (grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12 or adult), email address and school (if applicable). The second copy should only include the poem, essay or short story, with no identification. All entries must be postmarked by March 25. Adult entries should be mailed to The Arts Council of Lincoln County Literary Competition, P.O. Box 45, Lincolnton, NC 28092. Each participating school is asked to screen its student entries and submit only the best works. Student entries are required to be submitted through the school.
A student awards ceremony and reading will be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center on April 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Lincolnton. The adult awards ceremony and reading will be held on April 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Gallery 27 in Lincolnton.
Those interested in more information about the competition should contact the Arts Council at (704) 732-9044.