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Happy Fortieth Anniversary to The Thomas Wolfe Review

The Thomas Wolfe Review turns forty this year. Established as the Thomas Wolfe Newsletter in 1977, the magazine became The Thomas Wolfe Review with issue 5.1 (Spring, 1981) and permanently switched to a perfect-bound format with issue 14.2 (Fall 1990). The journal is published every Fall.

The Thomas Wolfe Review considers the winner of the annual Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize for publication. The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network and facilitated by The Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, is open for submissions through January 30. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication; for full details, and to submit, click here.

This year’s final judge is Wiley Cash, the current writer-in-residence at UNCA.

A recent issue of The Thomas Wolfe Review featured stories by the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize co-winners and finalist, along with articles such as “Thomas Wolfe, Transnationalism, and the (Really) Deep South” by Jedediah Evans and a review of Out of the West: Notes from Thomas Wolfe’s Final Western Journey, edited by Mark Canada, by David Radavich.

The Thomas Wolfe Review welcomes the submission of critical and scholarly essays on the work of Thomas Wolfe. The Review also accepts articles on all aspects of Wolfe criticism, bibliography, and biography, and news of interest to readers of Wolfe. Manuscripts should conform to guidelines for documentation and presentation outlined in the MLA Style Manual, and, ideally, should be less than 6,000 words.

For full submission info, click here.

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938), was born in Asheville. His Look Homeward, Angel is considered one of the most important coming-of-age novels in the English language. Wolfe was considered at the time of his death to be the greatest talent North Carolina had given to American literature. His novels and collected short stories go beyond autobiography, trying to, in William Faulkner’s words, “put all the experience of the human heart on the head of a pin.” His intense poetic language and thoughtfully developed symbology, combined with his uncanny ability to enter the minds of his other characters and give them powerful voices, elevate the books from memoir to undeniable literary art.

The Thomas Wolfe Society has placed plaques on important Wolfe landmarks; it awards citations of merit for “exceptional creative or scholarly work on Wolfe;” and awards prizes and grants to help scholars with their research on Wolfe. The Society meets annually.

Members of The Thomas Wolfe Society receive The Thomas Wolfe Review as part of the perks of membership. To join/subscribe, click here.

Writers Resist

On Sunday, January 16—Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, birthday—writers around America will participate in Writers Resist Events where speakers will “read from a curated selection of diverse writers’ voices that speak to the ideals of Democracy and free expression.”

All events are free and open to the public.

In Wilmington, Pomegranate Books will host an event from 3:00-5:00 pm. Readers include:

For the full list of events nation-wide, click here.

Writers Resist is not affiliated with any political party; instead, they aim to promote and protect democracy, with an eye on the future. They explicitly encourage readers to represent diverse voices, and also discourage any kind of “anti” language: they want their events to be a “potent source for good around the world.”

For more information, click here: #WriteOurDemocracy.

New Website for Wisdom House Books

If you’ve been to an NCWN conference in the past few years, you’ve likely seen North Carolina-based Wisdom House Books in the exhibit hall. Wisdom House is a “publishing hybrid boutique” whose mission is to “produce quality books that make a positive difference in the world.”

They offer a full slate of publishing services, including editing, proofreading, and ghost writing; cover and interior design, and press production; web design services; and digitization and off-set printing services, among many other offerings. Best of all, authors retain 100 percent of rights and 100 percent of royalties!

They have a brand-new website that looks absolutely fantastic:

The “Services” page is clear and logically presented. The cover art “Gallery” shows off some pretty stunning designs. And for a bit of whimsy, if you scroll to the bottom of the page, there is a row of owl faces all drawn to represent different literary figures. Learn more by clicking on an owl face that appeals to you!

Wisdom House Books is also the genius behind the redesign of the North Carolina Writers’ Network bi-annual newsletter, The Writers’ Network News.

Their authors include NCWN members Adam J. Jones (Fate Ball) and Lucia Powe (The Osprey’s View).

For more information on Wisdom House Books, visit

Ecotone Explores Landscapes, Literary and Otherwise

Ecotone magazine was founded by the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2005. Its impact was immediate: the inaugural issue featured an essay by eventual North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Clyde Edgerton; poetry by and an interview with eventual National Book Award winner Mark Doty (2008); and an essay by David Gessner, current host of the National Geographic show Call of the Wild.

Ecotone’s mission? To “champion innovative and underrepresented work” and explore the ecotones “between landscapes, literary genres, scientific and artistic disciplines, modes of thought.”

It also helps to be a bit prescient, and to publish a National Book Award winner, say, a couple years before he actually wins.

In the years since, contributors have included Pulitzer winners and MacArthur, Guggenheim, and NEA fellows.The most recent issue (Summer, 2016) features an essay by NC State’s Belle Boggs and a short story by Dana Johnson, introduced by Tayari Jones.

But Ecotone publishes plenty of emerging writers as well, and in fact, their open reading period is open now through February 1. They’re reading for their next issue, which will focus on the theme of “Craft.”

To learn more about this theme, click here. To read their complete submission guidelines, click here.

Subscribers to Ecotone will have the Submittable fee waived: a one-year subscription is $16.95, over 30 percent off the cover price; subscribe for two years at $29.95 to receive 40 percent off the cover price. Ecotone subscribers receive the print magazine twice yearly, in spring and fall.

Ecotone also serves as the home for the winning essay in the annual Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network and facilitated by UNCW. The deadline for this contest is January 15.

Their blog is also a must-read. Along with helpful tips on craft, they run a “Seven Questions” series where they interview writers, editors, designers, and others in publishing. Guests so far include Erik Reece, Jamie Poissant, and most recently, Angela Ledgerwood.

For more information about Ecotone, visit their website:

In Asheville, an Indy Audiobook Publisher

Audiobooks are the new growth market for publishers, increasing sales between 20-30 percent each year. On top of that, indy-published e-books accounted for just north of 35 percent in Q4 in 2016, while e-books published by “small and medium presses” made up another 18 percent.

Meaning half of all e-books sold in Q4 were of the independent variety, be it self-published books or titles produced by small or medium-sized presses.

Asheville-based Talking Book, “The Independent Audiobook Publisher,” hopes to provide independent publishers, including those who self-publish, a way to produce audiobooks of their work and distribute them through more than sixteen different channels, including “Audible, Scribd, and more.” Founded by Ben Matchar, Talking Book  wants to produce stories that are “gutsy and innovative.”

Talking Book allows authors to record their own work or hire professional voice actors and they give authors up to 75 percent of royalties.

Their catalog includes biography and memoir; fiction of all stripes including Romance and Mystery & Thriller; books for children; and poetry.

To learn more, visit their website here or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.


Happy “Sweet Sixteen” to Pedestal Magazine!

The Pedestal Magazine, based in Charlotte, has just published Issue 79, which marks their 16th anniversary. From all of us here at the Network: happy birthday!

Founded by editor-in-chief and poet John Amen, The Pedestal Magazine is committed to showcasing both established and burgeoning writers, and to promoting artistic diversity and celebrating the voice of the individual. They publish poetry and reviews. And best of all, this online publication is totally free.

Check out their recently redesigned website here.

Issue 79 features speculative poetry, as well as reviews from Network members David E. Poston and Richard Allen Taylor. Also included is a list of “twenty stellar” musical albums released in 2016. What better way to celebrate the past year and look ahead by speculating poetically about the future?

Read Issue 79 in its entirety here.

The Pedestal Magazine has announced the theme of their June, 2017, issue:

For the June 2017 issue, Pedestal editors will be accepting poetry on the theme of war. We welcome work from both veterans and non-veterans, and would like to see a variety of responses literal, confessional, figurative, and metaphoric. Open for submissions May 1 – May 21 (2017). Payment: $40 per accepted poem.

For full submission guidelines, click here.

Happy “Sweet Sixteen” to The Pedestal Magazine. We won’t be able to throw you a massive party with hundreds of guests and a performance by Mariah Carey, as per some traditions (hopefully someone buys you a luxury vehicle, though), but we can wish you all the best for the next sixteen-plus years!


Build Your Online Home

An important aspect of any author marketing strategy is to build an attractive and easy-to-navigate author website that is easily discoverable through the major search engines. An author website is a writer’s online business card. It’s where you want everyone to go when you want them to learn more about you—and buy your book(s)!

My Author Home is one online service that offers website hosting for authors. They let writers take control of their brands while offering full support and promotional services. After all, writing isn’t just your hobby—it’s your business!

Their URL is:

Tiered membership options allow authors to choose what features they’d like to include on their sites, as well as how much paid advertising. My Author Home includes each site in their member directory; offers free business cards and promotional bookmarks; and features websites in their newsletters and through social media.

They also offer a few free downloadable resources, including a list of promotional opportunities for authors and a promotional checklist.

Got questions? Visit their FAQ page.

Win a Free Book from Carolina Woman

Who doesn’t love free?

Every week through the end of December, Carolina Woman is giving away two free copies of the new novel Lift and Separate by Marilyn Simon Rothstein.

Simply “Like” the post about the novel on Facebook (December 13 post date) to enter a random drawing! Click here to view Carolina Woman’s Facebook page.

Lift And Separate is a laugh-out-loud, heartwarming story that begs to be a blockbuster starring Nicholson and Keaton and shares the vulnerability, wisdom, and brilliance of Nora Ephron’s Heartburn,” says Jennifer Belle, bestselling author of High Maintenance.

Here’s the description:

Marcy Hammer’s life has been turned upside down. Her husband, the head of a global brassiere empire, didn t think twice about leaving her after thirty-three years of marriage for a 32DD lingerie model. Now Harvey the Home-Wrecker is missing in action, but Marcy’s through thinking about what a cliche he is. What she needs now is a party-size bag of potato chips, a good support system, and a new dress.

Striking out on her own is difficult at first, but Marcy manages to find traces of humor in her heartbreak. Even while devastated by Harvey’s departure, she still has her indomitable spirit and her self-respect. She has no intention of falling apart, either, even when her adult children drop a few bombshells of their own and she discovers a secret about her new, once-in-a-lifetime friend. Life may be full of setbacks, but by lifting herself up by her own lacy straps, Marcy just may be able to handle them all.

For more than twenty-five years, Marilyn Simon Rothstein owned an advertising agency in Connecticut. She grew up in New York City, earned a degree in journalism from New York University, began her writing career at Seventeen magazine, and married a man she met in an elevator. Marilyn received a master of arts in liberal studies from Wesleyan University and a master of arts in Judaic studies from the University of Connecticut.

Established in 1993, Carolina Woman is the largest and longest-running women’s magazine in the Carolinas. Its readership includes 100,000 upscale, professional women in the high-tech Research Triangle area, a region covering Raleigh, Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill, with a population of almost 2 million. They also sponsor a writing contest each Spring.

The Greensboro Review Turns 50

GreensboroReviewJHappy anniversary to The Greensboro Review, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year—meaning they’ll publish Issue 100 in the spring of 2017.

How much can change in half a century? In 1966, a stamp cost $0.04; Medicare began; and a biochemist finished deciphering the DNA code.

But The Greensboro Review? Well, it appeared more or less exactly as it does today, offering readers a simple cover, no distracting graphics, and a complete and total focus on the quality of the text.

“People tend to appreciate the simple approach,” said Jim Clark, director of the creative writing program and longtime editor of The Greensboro Review. “It puts the priority on the work.”

100 issues in, The Greensboro Review has published enough fantastic authors to fill a concert hall. Authors appearing in TGR include Pulitzer-Prize winning poet Claudia Rankine and Pulitzer-nominated fiction writer Kelly Link. The 100th issue will include poetry and fiction that explore a variety of themes, from death and grief to immigration and small-town Texas.

TGR accepts submissions year-round. Send 5-7 poems or up to 7,500 words of fiction: for more information on how to submit, click here.

For the full press release, click here.

Happy Anniversary to The Regulator

Durham’s The Regulator Bookshop turned forty this month. From all of us at the Network: happy birthday!

The Regulator Bookshop has been at 720 Ninth St. since December 4, 1976. Back then, Durham was still very much a mill and tobacco town. Ninth St. was occupied by grills that served only breakfast and lunch; a hardware store; a post office. As founder Tom Campbell tells it, the bookstore’s opening was:

a harbinger of change to come. More change than we could ever have imagined at the time.

It’s impossible to name every luminary who has read and signed books at The Regulator in the past forty years. It’s safe to say pretty much anybody you might have heard of has had an event there, and plenty of lesser known—and relatively unknown—writers as well. Because The Regulator is above all a community bookstore, intent to serve.

“In our best moments we realize that this place exists only as a partnership with our community and our customers,” says Tom. “We hope you always feel free to contribute to our ongoing dialogue, and that you will want to participate in our partnership for many years to come.”

Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 18, 2017, when The Regulator will have “a big anniversary party at the store, with refreshments, great company, local authors, and more!”

The Regulator is located at 720 Ninth St. in Durham: