Annual Spelling Bee

Calling all bibliophiles, word-nerds, linguists, and pageant queens…what? 

Save the date for Beauty and the Bee


The 28th Annual Spelling Bee benefiting the Literacy Council of Buncombe County will be held 6-9pm Wednesday April 3, 2019 at The Mothlight.

Recruit two friends to complete your team and sign up to compete in the most spirited and outrageous word challenge of your lives. Choose your teammates carefully — they must have both spelling and concentration skills in order to disregard the pandemonium caused by a costumed, cheering audience.

Register your team by calling 828-254-3442 or emailing Once you register, you’ll get a team packet that includes event rules, study materials, and fundraising suggestions

  • Choose your team name and plan costumes (optional, but there are prizes for best sash!)
  • Study the word list provided
  • Raise funds online or make a personal donation to cover your team’s entry fee 
  • Encourage your own personal cheering squad to come and support your team

Team registration is now open! 
~ Only 4 spots left ~

2018 Winners: Malaprop’s The Buzz Killz

Start your fundraiser now!

View the leader board in real time

Those more interested in observing from the sidelines may may join the audience.

Secure online donations are fully tax-deductible. All proceeds benefit the Literacy Council of Buncombe County.


Thank you to our event partners

With the exception of the stage The Mothlight is fully handicapped accessible.





Many thanks to our in kind donors! (this is a list in progress)

Asheville Jewish Community Center
Grail Moviehouse
Zen Tubing