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GREENSBORO―The North Carolina Writers’ Network is excited to announce a new program at the upcoming 2015 Spring Conference on Saturday, April 18, in the MHRA Building at UNC-Greensboro. 

At the end of the day, the Network will host “Slush Pile Live!”. Participation is open to all conference registrants for no additional charge.

Have you ever wondered what goes through an editor's mind as he or she reads a stack of unsolicited submissions? Here’s your chance to find out.

Over the course of the conference, attendees will drop off either 300 words of prose or one page of poetry (40-line max) at the registration table. At 5:00 pm, these anonymous submissions will be read out loud for a panel of editors. The editors will raise their hands when they come across something in the text that would make them stop reading. When each hand has been raised, the editors will discuss what they did and did not like about the piece, offering constructive feedback on the manuscript itself and the submission process.

As many submissions as the panelists can get to in an hour, that's how many they'll read: all anonymous—all live! Authors can reveal themselves at the end, to thunderous applause, befitting their bravery, but only if they want to.

“If you’ve never worked or volunteered for a publisher or literary magazine before, the submission process can seem kind of mysterious,” says NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. “‘Slush Pile Live!’ will give attendees a peek into the editorial screening process, with the added bonus of giving feedback to anonymously submitted manuscripts in a non-threatening way.”

Those interested in having their anonymous submission read should submit a hard copy of up to 300 words of prose from a single work or one page of poetry (40-line max) at the registration table between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. Submissions should be double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font. No names should appear on the submissions.

Prose panelists include Jason T. Graves (Second Wind Publishing), Anna Sutton (John F. Blair, Publisher), and Kevin Morgan Watson (Press 53). Poetry panelists include Terry L. Kennedy (Greensboro Review, storySouth), Crystal Simone Smith (Backbone Press), and Ross White (Bull City Press).

In addition to new programming, familiar features will remain, including faculty readings, an open mic for conference participants, an exhibit hall packed with publishers and literary organizations, and “Lunch with an Author,” where conference-goers can spend less time waiting in line and more time talking with the author of their choice. Spaces in “Lunch with an Author” are limited and are first-come, first-served. Pre-registration and an additional fee are also required for this offering.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2015 Spring Conference is now open.

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

*Photo of Kevin Morgan Watson courtesy of Sylvia Freeman.


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