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NORTH CAROLINA—“I just thought we were the most privileged group of people who ever lived,” longtime columnist Rose Post once said of her years working for the Salisbury Post. “And I pinched myself all the time that I got paid for doing what I did, because I was having such a good time.”

In this spirit, the North Carolina Writers’ Network offers the 2014 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition. This contest encourages the creation 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 of the 2014 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Southern Cultures magazine.

The final judge is Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams, whose novella The Man Who Danced with Dolls won a 2013 Whiting Writers’ Award of $50,000, one of the richest prizes in American literature. She holds an MFA (’07) from the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she now teaches in the English Department. She is the recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, a Hartshook Fellowship, and a Byington Award. Born on Guam, Abrams is currently at work on her memoir, The Following Sea, about growing up on a cutter that made port throughout the South Pacific.

Greensboro writer Jennifer Bringle won top honors in the 2013 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition for her essay “Mamaw’s House.” Jane Andrews of Raleigh won second place for her essay “Where the Heart Is,” and Helen Aitken of Swansboro won third place for her essay “The Last Wooden Boat.”

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:

Eligibility and 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 17, 2014.
  • The entry fee is $10 for NCWN members, $12 for nonmembers.
  • Entries can be submitted in one of two ways:
    1. 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.
    2. Submit an electronic copy online at http://ncwriters.submittable.com, and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
  • 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 manuscript. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title. If submitting electronically, page 1 should be your cover sheet.
  • 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 the 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.
  • Send submission to:
North Carolina Writers' Network
ATTN: Rose Post
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

 

North Carolina Literary ReviewWriters from across the state and beyond can soon submit their work to one or more of the four contests sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition will accept submissions between November 15 and January 17; all entries must be postmarked by January 17. The Rose Post contest encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work 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 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize will accept submissions between December 1 and the postmark deadline of January 30. This contest honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.

The submission period for The Doris Betts Fiction Prize runs from January 1 to February 15. All entries must be postmarked by February 15. The Betts Prize awards the first-prize winner $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in North Carolina) are also eligible.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions between January 15 and its March 1 postmark deadline. The contest awards the winner $200, publication in storySouth, and an invitation to read his or her poetry at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro’s Founders Day activities. This competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the Network. Read poems by the winner and three finalists in a special section of storySouth, here.

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—The North Carolina Writers' Network will host a Pre-Conference Tailgate prior to opening registration for its 2013 Fall Conference.

Conference attendees as well as the general public are invited to join the "party" at the Bellamy Mansion in Wilmington, at 12:00 pm on Friday, November 15. The Sea Quills, regional reps for the NCWN Cape Fear Coast, will lead an hour-long writing workshop focused around writing prompts. This Pre-Conference Tailgate is intended to get the creative juices flowing and kick-off what promises to be an inspiring weekend. There will be light refreshments.

The Bellamy Mansion is located at 503 Market St., Wilmington. The Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy (1817-1896) physician, planter, and business leader; and his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss (1821-1907) and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington.

Now the house is a museum that focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.

The Bellamy Mansion is the official sponsor of the Faculty Readings at the NCWN 2013 Fall Conference.

Conference registration opens at 5:00 pm on Friday, November 15, at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. Attendees who have pre-registered may pick up their packets then, or those interested in registering on-site can do so at that time. For more information about the NCWN 2013 Fall Conference, click here.

 
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