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Student Writing Contest


“Telling Our Tales”

Student Writing Competition 2016

“The Far and the Near”

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial invites you to participate in the 2016 “Telling Our Tales” Student Writing Competition. Thomas Wolfe was a master of taking his own life experiences and reinventing them in fiction. His first novel, Look Homeward, Angel, is based on Wolfe’s experiences growing up in Asheville. While his first book sold well he did not manage his money well. In need of funding to continue his career as an author, Wolfe began selling short stories to magazines. The “The Far and the Near” was published in Thomas Wolfe’s first book of short stories From Death to Morning.  It first appeared July 1935 in Cosmopolitan Magazine with the title “Cottage by the Tracks.”

In this competition, students will submit their own works of fiction inspired by “The Far and the Near.” First, second, and third place winners will be chosen from three age groups: Grades 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Use the guidelines, submission form and ideas found on our website with the links below.

The Far and the Near by Thomas Wolfe
Guidelines and Instructions
Submission Form
Ideas for Student Consideration
Vocabulary Sheet

Teacher Information:
Lesson Plan for Teachers
Story Discussion Questions
Themes Worksheet
Thomas Wolfe and the 20th Century
The Far and the Near Jeopardy

Submissions may be hand delivered, postmarked or emailed by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday September 24, 2016. Winners will be invited to present their stories and accept their awards at a program at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial’s visitor center at 11am on Saturday, October 22nd, 2016.
Cash Awards
(For each age group)
1st place- $50
2nd place- $30
3rd place- $20