Wilson Literary Review

Attention all writers, visual artists, and photographers. We are looking for Wilson Community College student and employee contributions in poetry, personal essays, short fiction, visual art, and photography.

Entry Deadline: February 25, 2022 by 3:00 p.m.

Entries can be submitted through the Online Submission Form only. See additional entry information and guidelines below.

The Wilson Literary Review and the Literary Magazine Contest are sponsored by the Wilson Community College Foundation, and the Wade A. Gardner, Jr. and Lonnie M. Chase Endowment for Humanities.

Copies of the Wilson Literary Review magazine can be purchased for $10 in the Foundation Office in C-107.


First, second, and third place students and employees will be published in the magazine.

Student Author:

  • 1st Place: $400.00
  • 2nd Place: $300.00
  • 3rd Place: $200.00

Student Artist:

  • 1st Place: $400.00 (art on cover)
  • 2nd Place: $300.00 (art featured inside)
  • 3rd Place: $200.00 (art featured inside)


  • 1st Place: $100.00 and publication in magazine


  • Student Competition: Students may submit one or more pieces for both the literary category and the cover art/photography category. Any student who submits more than one piece will only be eligible for one award in each portion of the contest.
  • Faculty/Staff Competition: Faculty/Staff may submit one or more pieces for the literary category and the art/photography category. Please note that the cover art/photography contest is reserved for students, but employee art/photography will be considered for publication.
  • The student and faculty/staff competitions will be judged separately.


  • The Student Competition is open to currently enrolled students at Wilson Community College—Curriculum, Continuing Education, and Early College.
  • The Faculty/Staff Competition is open to currently employed faculty and staff at Wilson Community College.
  • The Contest runs from December 1, 2021 – February 25, 2022.

Accepted Genres: Poetry, Personal Essays, Short Fiction & Cover Art/Photography

  • All submissions should be mainstream pieces that avoid extremes in subject matter and/or language.
  • Personal Essays and Short Fiction should be a maximum of 2,500 words.  Shorter pieces are preferred.
  • Poetry should be a maximum of 50 lines.
  • All literary submissions should be titled, double spaced, and free of mechanical and grammatical errors (editors reserve the right to make any editing changes deemed necessary).


  • All written submissions should be typed in Microsoft Word and saved in Rich Text Format to ensure the file can be opened. Art/Photography submissions should be submitted as a .jpeg file.


  • Submissions will only be accepted via the Online Submissions Form on the Wilson Community College website.  Submissions will not be accepted via email.
  • Be sure to complete the submission form in its entirety and upload your file properly.  Any work not submitted as directed will not meet contest guidelines and may not be published.

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