Asheville, NC – Asheville native Thomas Wolfe wrote many short stories in addition to his North Carolina inspired beloved novels. The Thomas Wolfe Memorial is inviting students and teachers to participate in the 2019 “Telling Our Tales” Student Writing Competition. Submissions must be delivered, emailed or postmarked by 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5.

The competition anticipates the October celebration of Wolfe’s 119th birthday. Students must submit their own work of fiction inspired by Thomas Wolfe and his story “Old Catawba,” the name Wolfe used when writing about North Carolina. The tale was published in the Virginia Quarterly Review in 1935.

First, second and third place winners will be chosen from three age groups: grades four through five, six through eight, and nine through 12. Winners will be invited to present their stories and accept awards at a program at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial’s visitor center Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11 a.m. Cash awards are given in each age group.

The competition is now open. Find the story, competition guidelines, submission form and writing prompts online at

The Thomas Wolfe Memorial preserves the boarding house known as Dixieland in Wolfe’s novel “Look Homeward, Angel,” which was Julia Wolfe’s boardinghouse, Old Kentucky Home, where Wolfe grew up.

For more information about the event contact Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 N. Market St., Asheville, NC, 28801 or call (828) 245-8304.