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The writing contests sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network will have new submission deadlines this year and in years to come.

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition will accept submissions between November 15 and January 5; all entries must be postmarked by January 5. The Rose Post contest encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories, such as reviews, travel articles, profiles, or interviews; place/history pieces; or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Southern Cultures magazine.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize will accept submissions between December 1 and the postmark deadline of January 30. This contest honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in the Thomas Wolfe Review.

The Doris Betts Fiction Prize’s submission period runs from January 1 to February 15. All entries must be postmarked by February 15. The Betts Prize awards the first-prize winner $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions between January 15 and its March 1 postmark deadline. The contest awards the winner $200, publication in the Crucible literary journal, and an invitation to read his or her poetry at UNC Greensboro’s Founders Day activities. This competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the Network.

More information, including full submission guidelines, can be found at www.ncwriters.org.

The North Carolina Writers’ Network is now accepting submissions for its annual Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, coordinated by the creative writing program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Memoirist Jay Varner will be the final judge of the 2011 Rose Post contest. Varner, author of Nothing Left to Burn, graduated from UNC Wilmington with an MFA in creative nonfiction. While in graduate school he taught creative writing and literature courses. He also served as nonfiction editor and eventually managing editor of Ecotone: Reimagining Place. He now lives with his wife near Charlottesville, Virginia, where he teaches adult and high school students and is at work on a novel. His website is www.jayvarner.com

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Southern Cultures magazine.

Submissions for this year’s contest must be postmarked by Wednesday, January 5, and mailed to:

North Carolina Writers’ Network
Attn: Rose Post Competition
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Winners will be announced in March. See below for complete guidelines.

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition
Postmark deadline: January 5 (annual)
Submissions Accepted from November 15 – January 5

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Submit two copies of an original and previously unpublished manuscript of no more than 2,000 words, typed (12-point font) and double-spaced.
  • Names should not appear on manuscripts but on separate cover sheet along with address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title.
  • An entry fee must accompany the manuscript. Multiple submissions accepted, one manuscript per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers. You may pay member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Entries will not be returned. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for list of winners.

 

Anne Clinard BarnhillThe North Carolina Writers’ Network is now accepting submissions for its annual Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, coordinated by the creative writing program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Award-winning author Anne Clinard Barnhill will be the final judge. Barnhill has signed a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press, and her debut novel, At the Mercy of the Queen, will appear in early 2012. Her poetry chapbook, Coal, Baby, will also appear in early 2012 from Finishing Line Press.

She is the author of two books: What You Long For (Main Street Rag, 2009—short-story collection) and At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister, and Me (Jessica Kingsley, 2007—memoir). Her articles and short stories have appeared in a variety of newspapers, literary anthologies, and magazines. Her work has won various awards and grants. Barnhill holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington. She is married to Frank Barnhill, and they have three grown sons and three very cute grandchildren.

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Southern Cultures magazine.

Submissions for this year’s contest must be postmarked by Tuesday, January 17, and mailed to:

North Carolina Writers’ Network
Attn: Rose Post Competition
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Winners will be announced in March. Visit www.ncwriters.org for complete guidelines.

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition
Postmark deadline: January 16 (annual)
Submissions Accepted from November 15 – January 17

Eligibility and Guidelines:

 

  • The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Submit two copies of an original and previously unpublished manuscript of no more than 2,000 words, typed (12-point font) and double-spaced.
  • Author's name should not appear on manuscript. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title.
  • An entry fee must accompany the manuscript. Multiple submissions accepted, one manuscript per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
  • You may pay member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network
  • Entries will not be returned. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for list of winners.

 

 

 

Anne Clinard BarnhillNext Tuesday, January 17 is the postmark deadline for 2012 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network and coordinated by the creative writing program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. And the best part is, the upcoming holiday weekend means a whole extra day to get your manuscript submission-ready!

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Southern Cultures magazine.

Award-winning author Anne Clinard Barnhill will be the final judge. Barnhill has signed a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press, and her debut novel, At the Mercy of the Queen, was published this month. Her poetry chapbook, Coal, Baby, will also appear in early 2012 from Finishing Line Press.

She is the author of two books: What You Long For (Main Street Rag, 2009—short-story collection) and At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister, and Me (Jessica Kingsley, 2007—memoir). Her articles and short stories have appeared in a variety of newspapers, literary anthologies, and magazines. Her work has won various awards and grants. Barnhill holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington. She is married to Frank Barnhill, and they have three grown sons and three very cute grandchildren.

Submissions for this year’s contest must be postmarked by Tuesday, January 17, and mailed to:

North Carolina Writers’ Network
Attn: Rose Post Competition
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Winners will be announced in March. Visit www.ncwriters.org for complete guidelines.

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition
Postmark deadline: January 17 (annual)
Submissions Accepted from November 15 – January 17

Eligibility and Guidelines:

 

  • The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Submit two copies of an original and previously unpublished manuscript of no more than 2,000 words, typed (12-point font) and double-spaced.
  • Author's name should not appear on manuscript. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title.
  • An entry fee must accompany the manuscript. Multiple submissions accepted, one manuscript per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
  • You may pay member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network
  • Entries will not be returned. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for list of winners.

 

 

 

Shawna KenneyWriters from across the state and beyond can soon submit their work to one or more of the four contests sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition will accept submissions between November 15 and January 17; all entries must be postmarked by January 17. The Rose Post contest encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories, such as reviews, travel articles, profiles, or interviews; place/history pieces; or culture criticism. The Final Judge is Shawna Kenney, author of the award-winning memoir, I Was a Teenage Dominatrix. The first-, second-, and third-place entries will receive recognition and a cash prize, and the winning entry will be considered for publication by Southern Cultures magazine.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize will accept submissions between December 1 and the postmark deadline of January 30. This contest honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The Final Judge will be Ruth Moose, author of the short story collection Neighbors and Other Strangers. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.

The submission period for The Doris Betts Fiction Prize runs from January 1 to February 15. All entries must be postmarked by February 15. The Betts Prize awards the first-prize winner $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in North Carolina) are also eligible.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions between January 15 and its March 1 postmark deadline. The contest awards the winner $200, publication in storySouth, and an invitation to read his or her poetry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Founders Day activities. This competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the Network.

 

Hats Off! to Gwenyfar Rohler who just secured the rights to adapt the film Death Bed: The Bed That Eats People, to the stage. Workshop Production scheduled in October, 2014.

Hats Off! to Erika Hoffman who received the good news that Page & Spine would like to publish her mystery entitled "Chew On That!" Erika often finds homes for her personal essays, so she is particularly excited to discover a paying venue for her fiction.

Hats Off! to Erika Hoffman whose essay “Empty the Vacuum Cleaner” has been accepted and will be published in the January 2014 issue of Screamin’ Mamas print magazine and e-zine. Her pieces also appeared in the magazine’s November and December editions.

Hats Off! to Cynthia Schaub, the daughter and spouse of a veteran, who has two poems, "By the Dumpster" and "Italian Poppies," included in the Touring Theatre of North Carolina production Deployed. Performances on November 15 and 16 at 8:00 pm.

Hats Off! to Walter Bennett, whose novel, Leaving Tuscaloosa, was short-listed for the First Annual Crook's Corner Book Prize. The winner will be announced Monday, January 6, at a special event in Chapel Hill.

Hats Off! to Debra Madaris Efird whose article entitled "Address Adolescent Anger" appears in the Nov/Dec 2013 issue of ASCA School Counselor, the magazine of the American School Counselor Association.

 

Hats Off! to Brenda Kay Ledford who received the 2013 Paul Green Multimedia Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians for her poetry chapbook, Beckoning (Finishing Line Press).

Hats Off! to Claudette Cohen who received an $800 Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts Council of Wilmington & New Hanover County to "attend a literary conference and to obtain professional critical review of a manuscript."

Hats Off! to Erika Hoffman who has two stories that have been selected as finalists for Chicken Soup for the Soul’s edition Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide. One is called “BUSY!” and the other is titled “Frenzied.” Although Erika’s stories have been featured in ten other editions of this anthology, this is the first time two of her stories could wind up in the same book.

 

Hats Off! to Erika Hoffman whose story “Adult Children” will appear in Sasee Magazine’s December issue. This is the eighth time her writing has been accepted by this paying market.

Hats Off! to Sands Hetherington whose Night Buddies, Impostors, and One Far-Out Flying Machine won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Best Book in the category of Juvenile Fiction.

Hats Off to D.G. Martin whose essay "A Small Monument at a Small Church about a Big Story" appears in the current issue of South Writ Large.

Hats Off! to Karen Paul Holmes who has had her first poetry collection, Untying The Knot, accepted by Kelsay Books out of California for a September 2014 release. Two of the poems appear in Skive Magazine: "Matilda Waltzing," about Holmes' mother leaving Australia after World War II and settling in the U.S. with her Yankee sailor, and "Reality Show: Save This Marriage." Click on the links to hear Holmes reading her poems.

Hats Off! to David E. Poston who has two poems in Bearers of Distance, an anthology of poems by runners, forthcoming from Eastern Point Lit House & Press. Half of all profits from the anthology will benefit The One Fund for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. One of the poems, “The Kiss,” was featured in a review on WBUR, Boston’s NPR station.

Hats Off! to Erika Hoffman who has had two nonfiction stories accepted by ScreaminMamas magazine. “ A Long Year of Waiting” appears in the November 2013 edition, and “A Christmas Rule” will appear in the December 2013 issue.

Hats Off! to Rosemary Royston whose new chapbook, Splitting the Soil, was accepted for publication by Finishing Line Press, with an anticipated release date in 2014.

Hats Off! to Bill Everett, who has signed a contract with Wipf and Stock Publishers for publication of a book on woodworking and spirituality tentatively entitled Sawdust and Soul. Bill, a retired ethicist and woodworker, is writing this book with John Degruchy, a retired theologian and woodworker in South Africa, with whom he has worked on many projects over the past fifteen years.

Hats Off! to Karen Cecil Smith whose novel, Pillow of Thorns, based on the 1850 Fayetteville murder trial of Ann K. Simpson, was honored on October 19 by The North Carolina Society of Historians with a Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award. For more information, please visit my website: www.karencecilsmith.com.

Hats Off! to Tamra Wilson whose short story, “The Crazy House,” took First Prize in the 10th annual Adult Literary Competition sponsored by the Arts Council of York County, SC. Meanwhile, her story, “Fit to Kill,” appears in the fall issue of The Main Street Rag.

 

Hats Off! to Barbara Gabriel, who was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Scott Owens, Editor of Wild Goose Poetry Review, for her poem "Covenant". "Covenant" and other nominated poems can be read here.

 

Hats Off! to Charles "LC" Fiore, whose short story "Clean Water" appears in the current issue of New South.

. . . to Kathryn Stripling Byer, whose latest collection, Descent (LSU Press, 9780807147504), is on the Poetry Foundation's Contemporary Poetry best-seller list.

 

Hats Off! to Alan Michael Parker, who not only was named as the new Douglas C. Houchens Professor at Davidson, but also won the 2012 North Carolina Book Award (Poetry) for his collection, Long Division.

 

Hats Off! to Maureen A. Sherbondy of Raleigh, who was awarded the Robert Watson Poetry Award by Spring Garden Press. A. Van Jordan selected her manuscript The Year of the Dead Fathers as the winner of this chapbook contest. Sherbondy is the first North Carolina poet to win this award.

 

Hats Off! to Heather Newton, whose novel, Under The Mercy Trees, has won the 2011 Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award given by the western NC Historical Association. Past winners include Lee Smith, Ron Rash, Tommy Hays, Charles Frazier, and Wayne Caldwell.

 

...whose first novel, Karma Backlash, has been picked up by Snubnose Press and will be published in 2012.

   On Oct. 26, 2010, USA Books named Debra Shah's  book, Blue Smoke Memoir, as a finalist in "Best of 2010".

Lynne Bowman was the 2009 winner of the Comstock Review's national chapbook prize and her chapbook will be coming out this December.

 Britt Kaufmann whose chapbook, Belonging, is being published by Finishing Line Press for being a semi-finalist in their New Women's Voices Series.

Marjorie Hudson’s story “Self-Portrait in Camouflage” is included in the anthology What Doesn’t Kill You, now available from Press 53, and her story “Home” is included in the anthology,Topograph: New Writing from the Carolinas and the Landscape Beyond, from Novello Festival Press. Hudson is one of five Novello Literary Award finalists whose work is highlighted in the anthology, which explores sense of place in new writing from the South.

 

Nancy Purcell's short story, "Displaced Persons", has been awarded 2nd place in the inaugural contest of the Creative Writing Corner. Her non-fiction piece, "Star Light, Star Bright", has been selected for inclusion in the anthology Patchwork Path: /Friendship Star/,  due on bookshelves in late November. Nancy lives in Brevard, NC, and teaches in the adult education program at Brevard College.

Ray Morrison is one of three short story authors who will be featured in the new PRESS 53 SPOTLIGHT anthology, due for publication in January 2010. Five poets and three short story authors will be featured."



Char Solomon, author of the biography Tatiana Proskouriakoff: Interpreting the Ancient Maya, has been selected to become a speaker with the North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholars program. Her topic, "An Introduction to the Ancient Maya", will be included in the January 2010 Speakers Bureau listing.
 
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