Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum Legend and Folklore Writing Contest

The museum is hosting a legend and folklore writing contest and seeking original works of fiction that speak to the feel of the Outer Banks.

As lovers of this wonderland, you have experiences or knowledge about its history that, with a dose of imagination, can become a captivating story.

With a history soaked in shipwrecks, war, piracy, storms, nature, and beauty, there is much to build upon. The Outer Banks of North Carolina is rich in legends and folklore that, though fictitious or not always provable, often have a grain of truth.

For the sake of this contest, we are using these definitions:

Legend:  a story coming down from the past especially one popularly regarded as historical although not verifiable.

Folklore: an often unsupported notion, story, or saying that is widely circulated such as a tale.

Using these legends and folklore for inspiration, the writer creates a story that feels real; therefore, doing background research or writing from experience can further that goal.

Entries can be no more than 800 words. The entries will be judged on creativity, writing proficiency, and how the work relates to the Outer Banks. The contest is open to people ages 18 and up who have yet to publish a work of fiction.

Deadline to enter is April 1, 2021. The prize is $100 and a membership to the Museum. By submitting an entry you agree that the work may be posted on our website. There is no entry fee. One entry per person. All entries must be accompanied by the entry form. You can submit your entry electronically below, or you can download the entry form here. Please write clearly so we can read your contact information. Email entries and forms to maryellen.riddle@ncdcr.gov or mail them to Mary Ellen Riddle, P.O. Box 191, Hatteras, NC 27943. Mailed entries must be postmarked by April 1, 2021.

Legend and Folklore Writing Contest Entry Form