GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference will offer its third annual Slush Pile Live! event on Saturday, April 22. This popular program allows attendees to peek inside an editor's head while he or she reads through a stack of unsolicited submissions. All anonymous, all live!
Registration for the NCWN 2017 Spring Conference is now open.
How does Slush Pile Live! work? Beginning at 4:00 pm, attendees may drop off either 300 words of prose or one page of poetry in the room of their choice (prose and poetry will be read in both MHRA rooms 1214 and 1215). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.
Then, at 5:00 pm, a panel of editors will listen to the submissions being read out loud and raise their hand when they hear something that would make them stop reading if the piece were being submitted to their publication. The editors will discuss what they did and did not like about the sample, offering constructive feedback on the manuscript itself and the submission process. All anonymous—all live! (Authors can reveal themselves at the end, but only if they want to.)
Those interested in having their anonymous submission read should bring a hard copy of up to 300 words of prose from a single work or one page of poetry (40-line max) to one of the Slush Pile Live! rooms. Submissions should be double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font. No names should appear on the submissions.
This year's panelists include:
- Jason T. Graves (Prospective Press)
- Leigh Ann Hornfeldt (Two of Cups Press)
- Clara Jackson (Wisdom House Books)
- Zelda Lockhart (LaVenson Press Studios)
- Matthew Poindexter (Bull City Press)
- Edmund R. Schubert (formerly of Intergalactic Medicine Show)
As many submissions as the panelists can get to in an hour, that's how many they'll read. Authors can reveal themselves at the end, to thunderous applause, befitting their bravery, but only if they want to.
“If you’ve never worked or volunteered for a publisher or literary magazine before, the submission process can seem kind of mysterious,” says NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. “‘Slush Pile Live!’ will give attendees a peek into the editorial screening process, with the added bonus of giving feedback to anonymously submitted manuscripts in a non-threatening way.”
Other familiar programs will remain, including faculty readings, an open mic for conference participants, an exhibit hall packed with publishers and literary organizations, and “Lunch with an Author,” where conference-goers can spend less time waiting in line and more time talking with the author of their choice. Spaces in “Lunch with an Author” are limited and are first-come, first-served. Pre-registration and an additional fee are required for this offering.
Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference closes Sunday, April 16. Register now!
The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, and to register, visit www.ncwriters.org.