The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2012 Fall Conference will be held November 2-4 at the Embassy Suites in Cary. The Network is pleased to offer registrants two potential scholarship options. Along with the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship, which the Network offers annually to poets who teach K-12, there’s a new scholarship on tap for 2012: the Blonnie Bunn Wyche Memorial Scholarship which will send a woman over fifty years-old to this year’s Fall Conference.
Blonnie Bunn Wyche, who passed away last spring, was a longtime, full-time elementary-school teacher who always had limited time to write. But once she retired, she blossomed. She wrote The Anchor—P. Moore, Proprietor, about a spunky 15-year-old girl running a tavern in Southeastern NC in 1764. Published in 2003, just before her 71st birthday, it won the AAUW Juvenile Literature Award, was selected by independent booksellers for its prestigious “Book Sense 76” list, and garnered a slew of other recognitions. Her second novel, Cecilia’s Harvest, about a young NC widow during the American Revolution, was published in 2009.
The recipient of The Blonnie Bunn Wyche Memorial Scholarship will:
- Be a woman over 50, writing prose fiction
- Not yet have published a book-length volume of fiction (although any number of published stories/excerpts are okay—and so are no publications at all). Applicant should indicate what she’s published.
- Send one paragraph (not more!) about her aspirations as a writer.
- Send the Network up to 10 double-spaced pages of her fiction as a writing sample. A team of independent judges will select the recipient.
Also, for the second year, the North Carolina Writers’ Network will offer Mary Belle Campbell Scholarships to allow poets who teach to attend the annual Fall Conference.
These scholarships will honor the memory of the late Mary Belle Campbell and the legacy of her many contributions to North Carolina’s literary traditions.
The Campbell Scholarship application process will be open to those who teach full-time at the K-12, undergraduate, or postgraduate levels, and who have produced a significant amount of poetry. Teaching poets who live in North Carolina and adjacent states (VA, TN, GA, SC) will be eligible, but special consideration will be given to applicants from the Triangle area, as well as to Network members.
Applications will include:
- A curriculum vita or resume
- Proof of employment with a public school system or accredited school, college, or university
- A statement of writing intent describing both what the applicant hopes to accomplish as a poet and what the applicant hopes to learn at the Fall Conference
- And 10-12 poems of the applicant’s own creation (published or unpublished) that demonstrate their skill with and commitment to the genre.
Applications must be received by Friday, October 19.
Registration for the 2012 Fall Conference opens soon. Check www.ncwriters.org for details.