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Linda Flowers Award Now Open!

From our friends at the North Carolina Humanities Council:

CHARLOTTE—The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide cultural nonprofit, invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for their 2019 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The award is given to exceptional North Carolina authors whose work celebrates the North Carolina experience and conveys excellence in writing.

Submissions will be accepted online from April 12-June 28 at

The Linda Flowers Literary Award was inaugurated in 2001 in memory of the late, former North Carolina Humanities Council Trustee Linda Flowers (1944-2000) who believed that the humanities are “equipment for living.” With the annual award, the Council seeks to celebrate excellence in the humanities achieved by people, like Linda Flowers, who identify with and explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, and the many cultures of North Carolina.

The North Carolina Humanities Council will award the winner of the Linda Flowers Literary Award a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The winner will be announced at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Fall Conference in November 2019.

Abbreviated 2019 submission guidelines are listed below. For the full list of guidelines or to apply, visit

  • Entries should detail examinations of intimate, provocative, and inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures.
  • Entries should be deeply engaged with North Carolina by drawing on particular North Carolina connections and/or memories.
  • Entries should demonstrate excellence in the humanities.
  • Entries, regardless of genre, should be original, unpublished works.
  • Entries must be from authors who are at least 18 years of age and currently live in North Carolina
  • Entries must not exceed 10 pages.

About North Carolina Humanities Council:

The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through grant-making and public humanities programs, the Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. The Council operates the North Carolina Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To learn more visit

EDITOR’S NOTE: Don’t miss the 2018 winner, Jennifer Brown, tonight at 5:30 pm the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines!