SCWW Contests

SCWW is offering two contests this year: the third annual Scott Lax Scholarship to Wildacres Writers Workshop and the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards. See the contest descriptions and guidelines below.


Note the change in submission time for the Scott Lax Scholarship.
Contest opens March 1, 2014 and closes midnight March 22, 2014.


Scott Lax Scholarship to Wildacres Writers Workshop
July 5, 2014 – July 12, 2014


2014 Scott Lax Scholarship Winner


Allman PicThe recipient of this year’s Scott Lax Scholarship to Wildacres’ Writers Workshop
for her first chapter titled The Abandoned is Kim Allman.


Allman, adopted South Carolinian and part-time bookkeeper for a local non-profit, is beginning her second career in writing after thirty years of wife- and motherhood, proving it’s never too late to follow a dream, especially once the kids have flown the nest. She has been CFO of a software consulting firm and is a self-taught artist. She is an avid reader, hobbyist gardener and cook and likes to go RV-ing. She is a member of the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop, and lives in Rock Hill with her husband and two dogs.








Bite into the challenge and win a week at Wildacres Writers Workshop (a $740.00 value) located in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Wildacres offers residential workshops where your manuscript is critiqued and given the attention it deserves. Class sizes are ten or less and leadership is at the Master Class level. All faculty members must meet strict requirements in terms of their education and teaching experience – plus, they are well published.

Visit the website to see what you might be attending. The scholarship includes room (double), all meals, daily workshops and nighttime activities. “Dancing on the Patio” after 10:00 pm.


Entry requirements and restrictions:

Must be 50 years or older

Must be a SCWW member in good standing

Electronic entries only

Standard manuscript format, MS Word .doc file only

Standard Manuscript Format


Scott Lax Scholarship Submission must be included on the subject line.

Must never have attended the Wildacres Writers Workshop before.

Genre: novel, short story, poetry, creative nonfiction, and play/script writing.

Submit one chapter equivalent – approximately 15 pages.

This will become the meat of your daily class activity.

Recipients of the Scott Lax Scholarship will go to the Wildacres website (,  fill out an application and mail it in within five business days.

The recipient of the award agrees to send to the SCWW Board of Directors by August 1, 2014, an “evaluation” of his/her work and share what she/he learned at Wildacres.

Judge preferences and considerations:

Judges will deduct points for 5 inclusions in a manuscript out of a possible 30 points:

(1) more than one exclamation point in the entire work (that’s a Scott Lax rule – action exclaims itself); (2) more than 2 “that’s” in the entire work;

(3) the opening paragraph must convey, howsoever artfully hidden, the climax;

(4) naught but preparation is more important than the theme; what’s yours?;

(5) anyone can cuss and curse; what’s your excuse for stealing their thunder instead of electrifying readers with lightning bolts of passion?



2014 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards


Carrie Allen McCray was one of the founders and first board members of the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop. Her published works include Ajös Means Goodbye (1966), The Black Woman and Family Rules (1980), and her first person memoir, Freedom’s Child: The life of a Confederate General’s Black Daughter (1998). While about her mom, it is also Carrie’s story. Her poetry has appeared in such magazines as Ms. and The River Styx. She died on July 25, 2008, aged 94.

The Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards will again be a part of  SCWW’s annual conference in 2014. Competition is open to SCWW members and non-members. Submissions are open from March 1 to April 30, 2014. Winning entries will be published October, 2014 in The Petigru Review.


Submission Guidelines

The 2014 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards will feature three genres:

First Chapter Novel – up to 3500 words

Short Story – up to 2500 words

Creative Nonfiction – up to 2000 words

Submissions that exceed the length limit in any category will be disqualified.

Only one submission per category allowed.

Submissions must be emailed no earlier than March 1, 2014 and no later than April 30, 2014.

The competition is open to SCWW members and non-members.

Contact Jim McFarlane, Membership Chair, at if you have any questions about your membership status. New members are always welcome.



Each entry will be scored in the areas listed below on a scale of 0 to 10, with 10 being the best, for a possible perfect score of 30. Winning pieces must have a score of 24 or above.

CONTENT = creativity, originality

STRUCTURE = grammar, mechanics

STYLE = story arc, aesthetics success, cohesion

Members of the SCWW Contest Committee or SCWW Board of Directors are not eligible. Anyone winning or placing in a category cannot enter the same category the following year; anyone winning or placing in the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards two consecutive years is not eligible for one year in any category.

With the exception of work previously published in The Quill, only unpublished work is eligible. The same work cannot be submitted to both the Carrie McCray Literary Awards and The Petigru Review. If a piece has been accepted for publication elsewhere following submission, notify the SCWW Contests Chair immediately to withdraw it from consideration.


First Place – $200.00 and publication in The Petigru Review
Second Place – $100.00 and publication in The Petigru Review
Third place – certificate of honorable mention

Authors whose work is selected for publication in the 2014 volume of The Petigru Review will receive two contributor’s copies. SCWW retains first-time print publication rights until the anthology is published, at which time rights revert to the author. The Petigru Review also reserves ebook rights for the anthology only. SCWW also solicits authors’ non-exclusive first Internet archival rights for online archiving.

SCWW reserves the right to edit the winning pieces at The Petigru Review editor’s sole discretion.

Proofreading is important.

Manuscript Formatting

  1. No paper copies will be accepted. Only electronic submissions are allowed.
  2. All submissions must follow standard manuscript formatting. Use only 12 point Times New Roman font, auto-indent paragraphs, and double-space.
  3. The title and page number must appear on every page of a submission. The author’s name must not appear anywhere on the manuscript(s), including in the body of the work.
  4. Each submission package must include one cover sheet that may be downloaded here.
  5. Send a copy of each manuscript as a Microsoft Word attachment (with a “.doc” suffix, not “.docx”) in a separate e-mail to
  6. In the Subject line type Carrie McCray 2014. In the body of the e-mail include an author biography of up to 100 words. Please also attach a high resolution color or black and white photo of yourself, preferably a head shot.
  7. All emails with attachments must be sent between March 1, 2014 and April 30, 2014.
  8. Submissions that do not adhere to the guidelines will be disqualified and the entrant notified.

Reading Fees

There is a $25.00 reading fee required with each submission for members and $50.00 reading fee per submission for non-members.

Make your payment here via credit card. You do not need a PayPal account.

A. Members Online Reading Fee Payment Option

Carrie McCray contest reading fee (Member rate)   $25.00


B. Non-members Online Reading Fee Payment Option

Carrie McCray contest reading fee (Non-member rate)   $50.00


If you have any questions, contact


2013 Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards Winners

Novel First Chapter
1st Place – “Salvations Lullaby” – S. C. Jeffers
2nd Place – “Dead to Rights” – Sarah Pulliam
Honorable Mention – “Parthian Shot”  – Steve Gordy

Short Fiction
1st Place – “Killer and Cocktails” – Torie Amarie Dale
2nd Place – “Squirrel Stew” – William Thrift
Honorable Mention – “Obituary” – Douglas Wyant

Non Fiction
1st Place – “Home Is Where The Heart Is” – Barbara V. Evers
2nd Place – “Brotherly Love Bridges The Gap” – Janet Sheppard Kelleher
Honorable Mention – “Passionata Incarnata” – Bobbi Adams