Annual Robinson-Lineberger Literacy Competition gearing up

Lincolnton, NC –

The Arts Council of Lincoln County is holding its annual Robinson Lineberger Literary Competition. The trustees of Mrs. Flo Robinson’s estate established this 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 that this tradition continues to give a voice to so many members of the Lincoln County community.

Poetry Entries: one per person, on any subject, in any style, free verse, blank verse, or rhymed should be limited to 32 lines or less.

Prose Entries: one per person, an essay or short story on any subject, limited to approximately 750 words.

Entries in prose and poetry must be titled, original, unpublished, and must never have won a cash award before.

The competition is open to students in Lincoln County Schools and adults. Only students have to be from Lincoln County. Adults can be from our neighboring counties.

Each school is asked to screen its entries and must submit only the best works. Student entries must come through the school and not delivered individually to the Lincoln County Schools’ central office or the Arts Council of Lincoln County.

Awards: Prize money will be divided between prose and poetry into the following categories:

Elementary Schools Grades 3 – 5: 1st prize: $40 2nd prize: $25 3rd prize: $15

Middle Schools Grades 6 – 8: 1st prize: $40 2nd prize: $25 3rd prize: $15

High Schools grades 9 – 12 1st prize: $40 2nd prize: $25 3rd prize: $15

Adults 18 and over: 1st prize: $60 2nd prize: $40 3rd prize: $25

Entry Rules

Submit two typewritten, double spaced copies of your entry. One copy must include the following information in the upper right-hand corner: full name (age, if a student), address, telephone number, category (prose or poetry), age group (grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12; or adult), email address, and school name. The second copy should include only the poem, essay, or story, with no identification.

Student entries must be submitted through a participating school. Late entries will not be accepted. All entries must be postmarked by April 13, 2020, and be mailed to: The Arts Council of Lincoln County Literary Competition, P.O. Box 45, Lincolnton, North Carolina 28092.

An awards ceremony and reading for students will be held at the Lincoln Cultural Center on Monday, April 27, 2020 at 7pm, 403 E. Main Street, Lincolnton.

An Awards ceremony will be held for adults on April 30th at 6:30pm in the Galleries of the Arts Council locate at the Lincoln Cultural Center.

This project received support from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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