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Linda Flowers Literary Award Now Open

Submissions are now open for the Linda Flowers Literary Award, which grants $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.

This award is sponsored by the North Carolina Humanities Council. In all its endeavors, the NCHC celebrates “excellence in the humanities achieved by people like [Linda Flowers], those who not only identify with our state, but who explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, the meanings, in lives that have been shaped by North Carolina and its many cultures.”

The North Carolina Humanities Council was privileged to have Linda Flowers as one of its trustees from 1992 to1998. During these years, Linda exemplified, above all else, what it means to live by one’s belief that “the humanistic apprehension is as necessary for living fully as anything else. Education in the humanities,” she wrote, “is equipment for living.”

The NCHC will announce the winner of the award at the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2017 Fall Conference, November 3-5, in Wrightsville Beach. Registration for Fall Conference opens on or around September 1 at www.ncwriters.org.

A panel of judges will choose the winner. The deadline is June 16.

Here are the details:

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Submissions should detail examinations of intimate, provocative, and inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures, bringing to light real men and women having to make their way in the face of change, loss, triumph, and disappointments.

Guidelines

  • Entries must be deeply and palpably engaged with some aspect of North Carolina, must draw on particular North Carolina connections and/or memories, and profoundly celebrate excellence in the humanities.
  • Authors must be at least 18 years of age and live in North Carolina
  • Entries, regardless of genre, should be original, unpublished works of 3 to 10 pages. Entries that fall outside these length stipulations will be disqualified.
  • All entries should be typed in a standard 12 point font.
  • Prose should be double-spaced.
  • Poetry, whether a suite of poems or one long poem, should be single spaced.
  • If you submit an excerpt from a larger work, include within the 10-page maximum a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole.
  • The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the submis­sion.
  • Only one entry per writer will be accepted.
  • Submissions will only be accepted electronically from March 10, 2017 – June 16, 2017. Submission instructions and link will be provided at the opening of the cycle.

Submission Instructions

  • Submissions will only be accepted electronically from March 10, 2017 – June 16, 2017
  • Submit original, unpublished work as a Microsoft Word document (the author’s name should not appear anywhere on the submis­sion)
  • Email your submission to lfsubmission@nchumanities.org
  • Please include the following information in the body of the email:
    • Author’s full name
    • Institutional Affiliation (if any)
    • Telephone number
    • Email address
    • Mailing address
    • Title of the submission(s)
  • Incomplete submissions and entries that fall outside these guidelines and submission instructions will be disqualified.

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