I Was a Judge of Writing for Children in Carteret Writers Contest

“I Was a Judge of Writing for Children in Carteret Writers’ Contest” by Joan Y. Edwards

I was honored that Carteret Writers’ board member, Susanne Bunch, invited me to be a judge of the Writing for Children submissions for their 2019 contest.

Here is information about them:

Founded in 1983, Carteret Writers holds monthly meetings on the second Wednesday of the month September through April at Clawson’s 1905 Restaurant and Pub, 425 Front Street, Beaufort, NC.

Born in 1983, Carteret Writers is a  charitable, non-profit organization with three goals:   

  1. Promote the art of writing
  2. Cultivate camaraderie among writers
  3. Collaborate with other organizations to foster an
    understanding and appreciation of writing and writers

Their contest ended March 13, 2019 that was open to anyone interested in submitting. Submissions were accepted for the categories of flash fiction, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and writing for children. In May they presented the contest winners with prizes at an awards dinner.

Although their monthly meetings are open to all, becoming a member helps them host speakers.

Membership is open to all writers, whether you’re interested in being published or just write for the fun of it. Membership entitles you to a free copy of Shoal, their annual literary journal and a subscription to their newsletter. It gives you discounts on contest and workshop fees. Membership also allows you to join one of their small critique groups or start a new one.

Their members include published and not-yet-published authors including, but not limited to:

  • Poetry
  • Fiction (flash fiction, short story, novel, children’s literature, romance, fantasy, and science fiction)
  •  Nonfiction (regional, historical, folklore, journalism, memoir, technical, and business)

For more information about Carteret Writers and their contest, go to Carteret Writers.org.

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14 thoughts on “I Was a Judge of Writing for Children in Carteret Writers Contest”

  1. Congratulations! I know you’ll find a way to encourage the participants. I believe you will grow in the experience as will those who submit.


    1. Dear Linda,
      Thanks for your congratulations. I plan to highlight 3 Blue Ribbon passages for them…what I consider to be their best writing. I know I will learn and grow because of this judging experience.

      Do something fun before midnight
      Never Give Up

    1. Dear Sandra,
      It is so good to hear from you. Thanks for your kind congratulations. I will definitely learn a great deal from this judging experience.

      Do something fun before midnight
      Never Give Up

    1. Dear Juli,
      Thanks for writing. It is so-o-o good to hear from you. Thanks for wishing me good luck in picking out the top manuscripts. It might be tricky because of how great they will be. I’ll figure out a system to make it fair and meaningful.

      Do something fun before midnight
      Never Give Up

  2. What a worthwhile and fun thing to do! I just volunteered to judge essays for a non-profit Optimists org. While I enjoyed reading the high schoolers essays, I also found it hard to score them. I wanted to be honest and fair, but also kind. It’s so important to find that balance. I’d love to hear about your experiences. Enjoy! 🙂

    1. Dear Shawn,
      It is so good to hear from you. We’ll have to share notes on our judging experiences. It might be tricky to find a way to score them honestly and fairly. But I know you. You are honest and fair and very smart. You’ll figure out a way!

      Do something fun before midnight!

      Never Give Up


  3. You will be an awesome member and contest judge. Joan! I submitted my first piece of fiction to Carteret’s writers’ contest some years ago and came away with an honorable mention -:D! It was a much needed boost to my writerly confidence.

    1. Dear Cat,
      Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to leave a comment. I appreciate it. Thank you for saying you believe I’ll be an awesome contest judge. I’m so glad that the judges giving you an honorable mention in the Carteret Writers’ contest some years ago gave you a much needed boost to your writerly confidence! You are a great writer! I am glad they recognized that.

      Never Give Up


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