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WILMINGTON—The 2018 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition is open for submissions.
This contest awards $1,500 in prizes to a piece of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism.
The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,000, $300, and $200 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Ecotone.
Benjamin Rachlin grew up in New Hampshire. He studied English at Bowdoin College, where he won the Sinkinson Prize, and writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where he won Schwartz and Brauer fellowships. His work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Virginia Quarterly Review, TIME, Pacific Standard, Orion, LitHub, and Five Dials. His first book, Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption, is available now from Little, Brown & Company.
The 2018 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition is administered by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Department of Creative Writing, a community of passionate, dedicated writers who believe that the creation of art is a pursuit valuable to self and culture. The contest is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2018 (postmark).
The 2017 winner was Joseph Mills of Winston-Salem, whose funny and contemplative essay "On Hearing My Daughter Trying to Sing Dixie" showed a mastery of tone and explored the South in "all of its glorious contradiction."
Ecotone’s mission is to publish and promote the best place-based work being written today. Founded at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2005, the award-winning magazine features writing and art that reimagine place, and our authors interpret this charge expansively. An ecotone is a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities, containing the characteristic species of each. It is therefore a place of danger or opportunity, a testing ground. The magazine explores the ecotones between landscapes, literary genres, scientific and artistic disciplines, modes of thought.
Rose Post worked for the Salisbury Post for fifty-six years as a reporter, feature writer, and columnist. She won numerous state and national awards for her writing and earned the N.C. Press Women's top annual award four times. She received the O. Henry Award from the Associated Press three times, the Pete Ivey Award, and the School Bell Award for educational coverage. Nationally, she won the 1989 Ernie Pyle Award, the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for human-interest writing, and the 1994 National Society of Newspaper Columnists' Award.
Here are the complete guidelines:
- The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
- The postmark deadline is January 15.
- The entry fee is $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
- Entries can be submitted in one of two ways:
- Send two printed copies through the U.S. Postal Service (see guidelines and address below), along with a check for the appropriate fee, made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network.
- Submit an electronic copy online at http://ncwriters.submittable.com, and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
- Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
- Each entry must be an original and previously unpublished manuscript of no more than 2,000 words, typed in a 12-point standard font (i.e., Times New Roman) and double-spaced.
- Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
- An entry fee must accompany the manuscript. Multiple submissions are accepted, one manuscript per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
- You may pay the member entry fee if you join NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
- Entries will not be returned. Winners will be announced in March.
- If submitting by postal mail, send submission to:
North Carolina Writers' Network
ATTN: Rose Post
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120
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WINSTON-SALEM—Small presses are the lifeblood of the publishing industry, able to take risks and provide a platform for traditionally underrepresented voices. What they sometimes lack in marketing budget is often made up for by the personal attention they give their authors and the quality of the product they produce.
So how exactly do you go about getting your book published by a small press?
On Thursday, January 18, at 7:00 pm, the publisher and chief editor of Prospective Press, Jason T. Graves, will lead the online class "Whither Small Press?"
Registration is now open.
This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $25 fee to register.
Are you considering approaching a small press with your manuscript? Jason T. Graves will discuss the best practices for querying and working with small publishers, and the benefits and limitations thereof. Topics will include:
- Investigating the press—do your homework
- Querying—there are rules for a reason
- So you’re accepted…what next?
- Contracts and publishing agreements—glad tidings and red flags
- Realistic expectations 1—what we can and cannot do
- Realistic expectations 2—yes, it really will take that long (to do it well)
- How to work with the team—editors, illustrators, designers, and marketers
- Realistic expectations 3—you will need to pull, too
- Miscellany and Errata
- Questions and Answers
Jason T. Graves is the publisher and chief editor at Prospective Press, a traditional publisher of genre fiction and select nonfiction titles, currently with twenty-five books in print and over thirty authors represented. The company now encompasses seven traditional imprints and two hybrid imprints for institutional/academic clients and individuals. He is an illustrator, the author of four novels, and was once punched—lightly—by Muhammad Ali.
"Whither Small Press?" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's second offering in their 2017-2018 Winter Series of online classes.
"This program is a great way for writers from all over North Carolina to connect without having the hassle of driving somewhere and finding parking," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "Online classes offer top-shelf instruction for a fraction of the cost, and the software itself is very intuitive and easy to use."
The online class "Whither Small Press" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Thursday, January 18, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.
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, visit www.ncwriters.org.