Welcome to the Great Smokies Writing Program

Registration is open for our Spring 2022 classes.

2022 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize Open for Submissions

Each year, GSWP has the great honor of administering the North Carolina Writers’ Network Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. The prize awards $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review to a piece of short fiction under 3,000 words.

This year’s guest judge is Crystal Wilkinson, award-winning author of The Birds of Opulence (winner of the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Prize for Literary Excellence), Water Street, Blackberries, Blackberries, and her most recent book, Perfect Black.

You can read more about Wilkinson’s awards and work and view the full competition guidelines on the NCWN website. The deadline for all submissions is January 30, 2022. Good luck!


About Us

The Great Smokies Writing Program is a joint effort between the UNC Asheville departments of English, Creative Writing, and the Asheville Graduate Center. The program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers.

The program is committed to providing the community with affordable university-level classes led by published writers and experienced teachers. Each course carries academic credit awarded through UNC Asheville.

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Contact Information
Email: Ldanzis@unca.edu
Phone: 828.251.6420