The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2017 Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 22, in the MHRA Building and Curry Auditorium of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Along with the usual excellent programming and class offerings, Spring Conference hosts an exhibit hall packed with vendors representing some of the finest literary organizations in North Carolina.
We’ll introduce them over the next few days. Here are four:
Bull City Press publishes a small quarterly magazine, Inch; poetry chapbooks through the Frost Place Chapbook Fellowship; and the Bull City Poetry Prize series. Established in Durham in 2006, their authors include Chloe Honum, Anne Keefe, and Michael Parker. In 2015, they launched a line of fiction and nonfiction chapbooks when they merged with Origami Zoo Press. Inch accepts flash fiction and nonfiction under 750 words, and poetry that is one to nine lines in length. Submissions are open year-round. Editor Matthew Poindexter will be a panelist during the third annual Slush Pile Live! at Spring Conference.
Carolina Wren Press is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to publish quality writing, especially by writers historically neglected by mainstream publishing, and to develop diverse and vital audiences through publishing, outreach, and educational programs. This Durham-based publisher sponsors the annual Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman that honors full-length prose work (novel, short story collection, or memoir) by an author who is a woman. Submissions are open through June 15. CWP authors include Quinn Dalton, Donna Miscolta, and North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green. Their newest titles are Binary Stars by Dana Koster and The Hands of Strangers by Michael Ferris Smith.
The Greensboro Review, published by the MFA in Creative Writing Department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been â€œold schoolâ€ since 1965. Edited by Jim Clark with Terry L. Kennedy serving as assistant editor, works from the journal are consistently cited and anthologized in the Pushcart Prize, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, and other annual collections honoring the finest writing by both established and emerging talent. TGR offers two awards of $500â€”one award for fiction, one for poetryâ€”and the winning manuscripts appear in the spring issue.
LaVenson Press Studios seeks to offer women and young women writing workshops that instill emotional, and psychological truth in their writing. As a way of nurturing not just the artistic mind, but also the body, light meals and snacks are prepared for participants from LaVenson Press Studiosâ€™ organic garden. Because founder Zelda Lockhart feels that oneâ€™s writing is not finished until it reaches its audience, LaVenson Press Studios also hosts a literary magazine, Firefly Ridge, which hosts a Poetry & Prose Literary Competition yearly. Upcoming classes include The Women’s Writing Intensive and the year-long Soul of the Full-Length Manuscript workshop. Zelda will be a panelist at the third annual Slush Pile Live! at Spring Conference.
Registration for the NCWN 2017 Spring Conference is open through Sunday, April 16. Register now!