18 May 2016
Deadline: Postmarked by May 30, 2016


1st Place: Your choice of a 2 night stay at our Mountain Muse B&B; or 2 free workshops (in person or on-line); or 50 pages line-edited and revised by our editorial staff.
2nd Place: Two free workshops, in person or on-line; or 35 pages line-edited.
3rd Place: One free workshop; or 25 pages line-edited.
10 Honorable Mentions
Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Stories should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 4,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font). Multiple entries are accepted.
Your name, address, email and title of work should appear on the first page. The entry fee is $25 ($20 for Workshop members) per entry.
Enclose legal size self-sealing SASE for critique and list of winners.  Make check or money order payable to The Writers’ Workshop, and mail to:  Hard Times Contest, 387 Beaucatcher Road, Asheville, NC  28805. Entry fee is payable online at
Emailed submission may be sent to, with “Hard Times Contest” in the subject. Comments will be emailed, so no SASE is necessary. The entry fee is payable online at, or by mail.
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