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GREENVILLE—Katey Schultz of Celo is the winner of the 2019 Doris Betts Fiction Prize for her story “Something Coming.” She will receive a prize of $250 from the North Carolina Writers’ Network, and her story will be published in the North Carolina Literary Review’s 2020 issue.

Ben Fountain, author of the short-story collection Brief Encounters with Che Guevara and the novel Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, selected Schultz’s story, stating, “The experience depicted in 'Something Coming'—that of a young girl's coming of age—rings true at every level. The uncertainty, the excitement, the very real dangers, it's all here, rendered in vivid, nuanced prose that does justice to the complexity and wonder of these several days in twelve-year-old Lauren's life. The voice never falters, nor does the writer's sure handling of exposition and scene. The temporal shift at the story's conclusion is the kind of daring leap that's the mark of a first-rate writer, and serves to, if I might borrow a metaphor from one of this fine story's narrative lines, 'stick the landing.' 'Something Coming' pleased this reader very much.”

Katey Schultz is the author of the short story collection Flashes of War (reviewed in NCLR Online 2014) and the forthcoming novel Still Come Home (Loyola University Maryland). “Something Coming” is part of a short-story collection in progress. She is the founder of Maximum Impact, a mentorship service that provides transformative online curricula for serious writers. Schultz also received the Linda Flowers Literary Award in 2009, and she has received writing fellowships in eight different states.

The annual Doris Betts Fiction Prize honors the late novelist and short story writer Doris Betts and is sponsored by the nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network, the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.

Produced since 1992 at East Carolina University, the North Carolina Literary Review has won numerous awards and citations, including five from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals: the Best New Journal award in 1994, the Best Journal Design award in 1999 and 2010, the Parnassus Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 2007, and the Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement in 2014.

A two-year subscription to NCLR will include the 2020 issue, featuring Schultz’s prize story and an interview with Ben Fountain. Go to http://www.nclr.ecu.edu/subscriptions for subscription instructions.

 

WINSTON-SALEM—Founded in 1985, the North Carolina Writers’ Network is a statewide nonprofit with about 1,400 members, located everywhere from Canada to California, and in 77 of North Carolina’s 100 counties.

“And that,” said NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern, “isn’t good enough.”

This year, the Network is launching its 1 in 100 Campaign: a membership drive not simply to recruit new members in those 23 counties, all of them rural, but to learn how the Network could better serve creative writers in North Carolina’s rural communities.

The North Carolina Writers’ Network, or NCWN, connects, promotes, educates, and leads writers at all levels of skill and experience, working in all creative genres, with all sorts of writing goals, all across this state, and beyond.

“Whether you’re a bestselling novelist like Lee Smith or Ron Rash, or a novice just starting to put pen to paper, the Network offers you something of value,” Southern said.

The NCWN’s programs, services, and resources include its annual Spring and Fall Conferences, the Squire Summer Writing Workshops, five annual writing contests, a year-round Critiquing & Editing Service, online classes in the craft and business of writing, the North Carolina Literary Calendar, and much more. NCWN also oversees the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, the Sally Buckner Emerging Writers Fellowship, and NCWN-West for writers in the state’s nine westernmost counties.

The Network has no criteria for membership, and is open to anyone interested in creative writing. Member dues are $80 a year, with discounts available for writers with disabilities, full-time students, and writers over the age of sixty-five or under the age of thirty.

“Like the state itself, the Network has grown immensely over the last thirty-four years,” Southern said. “But like the state, it hasn’t grown equally or equitably in all parts of the state. Our mission is to serve the entire state, not just its metro areas.

“We hope the 1 in 100 Campaign will help us fulfill our mission, by connecting us with writers we don’t yet know, and figuring out how we can serve them best.”

For more information about the North Carolina Writers’ Network, please visit www.ncwriters.org. For questions and more information about the 1 in 100 Campaign, please contact Ed Southern at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 336-293-8844.

 

GREENSBORO—The pre-registration deadline for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Spring Conference is Sunday, April 21.

That means there's just over one week left to lock-in more than 25 percent savings by registering early.

Plus, pre-registrants have access to the popular "Lunch with an Author" program, a feature not available to those who register on-site.

Register now!

"Lunch with an Author" lets writers sign-up to have lunch with a small group of fellow registrants and one of the conference instructors. This is a great opportunity to talk shop with an experienced writer in a relaxed, informal setting. A selection of boxed lunches and beverages will be provided to those who pre-register, which means you can spend more time networking and less time driving around looking for food.

Plus, the significant amount of money you save by registering early means more cash in your pocket to maybe buy books, memberships, and subscriptions from the Spring Conference exhibitors, which, we promise, you are absolutely going to want to do.

The NCWN 2019 Spring Conference on Saturday, April 27, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, is a full day of classes and programs on the craft and business of writing, including focuses on fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and the basics of the book business. Poet and essayist Michael McFee, recipient of the 2018 North Carolina Award for Literature, the state's highest civilian honor, will give the Keynote Address.

Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2019 Spring Conference closes Sunday, April 21. 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.

 

 
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