Billed as "the largest no-entry-fee fiction contest in North Carolina (maybe even in the South, we suspect)," the North Carolina State University Short Story Contests program invites submissions in two categories.
The Short Fiction Category (5000-word limit, no more than 20 pp. double-spaced), awards the Brenda L. Smart Grand Prize of $500. The Short-Short Story Category (1200-word limit, no more than 5 pp. double-spaced), awards the Brenda L. Smart Award for Short Fiction of $300. Lee Smith will be this year's guest judge.
Be sure to check the full guidelines here, among them, the requirement that you must be an N.C. resident. Deadline for submission: October 17, 2005 (postmarked).