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 NORTH CAROLINA—The 2014 Doris Betts Fiction Prize is now open for submissions. The Doris Betts Fiction Prize awards the first-place winner $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. Finalists will also be considered for publication in the NCLR.

For over twenty years, East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary & Historical Association have published the North Carolina Literary Review, a journal devoted to showcasing the Tar Heel State’s literary excellence. Described by one critic as “everything you ever wanted out of a literary publication but never dared to demand,” the NCLR has won numerous awards and citations.

The Doris Betts Fiction Prize is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible.

The final judge is NCLR fiction editor Liza Wieland (left). She the author of seven books and three collections of short fiction. She has won two Pushcart Prizes, the Michigan Literary Fiction Prize, a Bridport Prize in the UK, and fellowships from The National Endowment for the Arts, The North Carolina Arts Council, and the Christopher Isherwood Foundation. She has recently been awarded a second fellowship from the North Carolina Arts Council.

Claudette Cohen of Carolina Beach won the 2013 Doris Betts Fiction Prize for her story, “The Mayor of Biscoe.”

Doris Betts was the author of three short story collections and six novels. She won three Sir Walter Raleigh awards, the Southern Book Award, the North Carolina Award for Literature, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Medal for the short story, among others. Beloved by her students, she was named the University of North Carolina Alumni Distinguished Professor of English in 1980.

Here are the guidelines for the 2014 Doris Betts Fiction Prize:

Doris Betts Fiction Prize
Submission Deadline: February 15 (annual)

The Doris Betts Fiction Prize awards the first-prize winner $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. Finalists will also be considered for publication in the NCLR.

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. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible.
  • The competition is for previously unpublished short stories up to 6,000 words. One entry per writer. No novel excerpts. Stories do NOT have to relate to NCLR’s annual special feature topic.
  • Submit previously unpublished stories online at https://nclr.submittable.com/submit. Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($10 NCWN members or NCLR subscribers / $20 for non-members/non-subscribers).
  • To pay submission fees by check or money order, make payable to the North Carolina Writers Network and mail to: Ed Southern, PO Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC 27120- 1591
  • Documents must be Microsoft Word or .rtf files. The author’s name should not appear in the story file. Title the file with the story’s title to connect the story with your name. If you have any problems submitting electronically, email NCLR's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

 

The winner and finalists will be announced in April. The winning story and select finalists will be published in the next year’s issue of the North Carolina Literary Review.

Questions may be directed to Margaret Bauer, Editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

 

RALEIGH—Jaki Shelton Green. Zelda Lockhart. Scott Huler. Ian Finley. John Claude Bemis. And you?

The Piedmont Laureate program is accepting applications from authors of short fiction for 2014. Authors must be residents of Wake, Alamance, Durham, or Orange counties. The deadline to apply is September 27 at 4:00 pm.

From the City of Raleigh Public Affairs Department:

"The primary goal of the Piedmont Laureate program is 'to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region.' The program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing, enriching the lives of all our citizens. The laureate program focuses each year on a different literary form."

Children's author Bemis is the current Piedmont Laureate, and the authors listed above have all been honored over the years by a select committee appointed by the sponsoring agencies. The laureates receive stipends of $6,500 and serve for one year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31). Activities of the laureate include presenting readings and workshops, encouraging creative writing, and promoting literature at public events.

Additional information on the Piedmont Laureate program, including guidelines and the application form, is available at www.piedmontlaureate.com or on the websites of the sponsoring agencies:

  • Alamance County Arts Council
  • City of Raleigh Arts Commission
  • Durham Arts Council
  • Orange County Arts Commission
  • United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County

 

Established in 1977 as the official advisory body and advocate for the arts to the Raleigh City Council, the City of Raleigh Arts Commission holds the distinction of being the first municipal arts commission created in North Carolina. Serving as the leading force to champion the arts with Raleigh citizens and their representatives, the Arts Commission’s myriad activities foster, support and promote the arts in the Capital City.

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference will be held November 15-17 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. For the second year in a row, the Network will offer two scholarship opportunities: the Blonnie Bunn Wyche Memorial Scholarship and the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship.

The Blonnie Bunn Wyche Memorial Scholarship recipient will be a woman over fifty writing prose fiction who has not yet published a book-length volume of fiction. The scholarship recipient receives $250—the cost of registration. Those interested should send one paragraph (no more!) about her aspirations as a writer and up to ten double-spaced pages of her fiction (see below for details).

For the third year, NCWN will offer the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship and send two poets who teach full-time to the Fall Conference. Each scholarship will cover the cost of a standard registration fee, group meals, and two nights’ lodging at the conference venue, at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s annual Fall Conference. The estimated monetary value of each Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship is $550. The application process will be open to those who teach full-time at the K-12, undergraduate, or postgraduate levels, and who have produced a significant amount of poetry. Teaching poets who live in North Carolina and adjacent states (VA, TN, GA, SC) will be eligible, but special consideration will be given to applicants from the Cape Fear Coast area, as well as to Network members.

Mary Belle CampbellApplications for the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship should include a curriculum vita or resume; proof of employment with a public school system or accredited school, college, or university; a statement of writing intent describing both what the applicant hopes to accomplish as a poet and what the applicant hopes to learn at the Fall Conference; and ten to twelve poems of the applicant’s own creation (published or unpublished) that demonstrate their skill with and commitment to the genre.

The deadline for the Blonnie Bunn Wyche Memorial Scholarship and the Mary Belle Campbell Scholarship is Friday, October 25. Send applications to the attention of the appropriate scholarship to:

c/o North Carolina Writers’ Network
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

Or by e-mail attachment to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Registration for the 2013 Fall Conference is now open.

 
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