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A  new writing contest launches

May 1st, 2020 

Haunted Pamlico and the Pamlico Writers Group

recently announced the first-ever Haunt Season Writing Competition. 

The competition will honor the top poems, essays, short fiction

or other works of prose dealing with the haunt season,

which peaks in October.

The judges will accept ghost stories, folklore or other relevant subjects

comprised of 2,000 words or poems of unspecified length.

Doing what scares you makes you stronger.

No one knows that more than a writer.

Writing horror stories is just another way of embracing our fear and facing it down. 

Sherri Lupton Hollister, Pamlico Writers' Group, Chairperson

The entry period runs from May 1 to Aug. 1.

Writers should email entries, preferably in a Word document format, to

All work must be original, with all publishing rights held by the author.

There is no fee to enter. 

Awards will be presented to a winner and two finalists

during Carnival of Darkness:

The Haunted Pamlico Film Festival on Oct. 10

at Raised in a Barn Farm in Chocowinity.

Honored entries will be published in upcoming

Pamlico Writers Group anthology.

Based in Beaufort County, the Writers Group is a nonprofit

focused on helping

writers achieve their goals.

Based in Washington, Haunted Pamlico is part of Alternative Stage,

a pending nonprofit. 

Check out the article in the Washington Daily News, it's on our Facebook page.

Please Contribute to 

Conference Fund

General Fund

These funds are used to cover expense shortfall of event registration fees.

2019/2020 Fund Donations

Collected: $1,500.00
Goal: $4,000.00
Money donated to the CONFERENCE and GENERAL FUNDS will be used to cover costs of the annual conference or other functions of Pamlico Writers Group.

The Pamlico Writers Group would like to say thank you to all who gave to the High School Scholarship fund. You are part of a group who are helping shape the future.

Events Calendar

Click on the "Switch to Calendar View" below to view a complete list of event for the year.

Upcoming events

    • 25 Sep 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • 26 Sep 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Turnage Theater
    • 77

    Join us for our annual writers’ conference and the second Heart of Pamlico Poet Laureate competition.  This year’s theme, Writers Blocks: Building Your Vision, allows writers to custom build their workshop agendas to suit their own creative vision and goals.  Learn from published authors, university professors, and other successful creative professionals on a multitude of topics.  This is a can’t miss networking opportunity for our region!

    Friday Night-- Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate & Keynote Speaker

    The finalists of the Heart of the Pamlico Poet Laureate Competition will be recognized and provide readings, and the winner will be named and awarded. The opening night also features a reception and the 2020 keynote speech provided by North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green.  The Friday night reception and keynote is also open to the public.  Admission for Friday night only is $10 either by online registration or by cash at the door. 

    Saturday-- Pamlico Writers Conference Sessions

    Saturday features multiple sessions on writing craft, an on-stage interview with Jaki Shelton Green, author signing in the gallery, open mic session, and an award presentation and recognition of poet Marty Silverthorne.

    Six workshops are featured in two break-out sessions.  Attendees are able to choose from workshops for beginners, advanced writers, poets, and published authors looking to advance their career.  The conference will also feature a breakfast reception and lunch.

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Pamlico Writers Group is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under Arts of the Pamlico, 150 West Main Street, Washington, NC 27889

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