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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applicant hopes to learn at the Fall Conference; and ten to twelve poems of the applicant’s own creation (published or unpublished) that demonstrate their skill with and commitment to the genre.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.

 

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2013 Fall Conference will be held November 15-17 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach. While the weekend will be full of workshops, panels, readings, and more, attendees have another reason to visit the coast this fall: to experience a bit of Hollywood history.

Countless movies have been shot in Wilmington and the surrounding area, including Firestarter (1985), starring a young Drew Barrymore and adapted from the novel by Stephen King. Another Wilmington-based movie, Sleeping with the Enemy, was released in 1991, starring Julia Roberts.

Also in the 1990s, Wilmington was the backdrop for fan favorites such as 1995's Empire Records; the Coen brothers' comedy The Hudsucker Proxy (1994); and The Jackal starring Bruce Willis and Richard Gere (1997). There was also The Crow (1994), which, although critically acclaimed, is arguably most famous for being Brandon Lee's last movie—tragically, he died in an on-set accident during filming.

Three movies made noise in 2002: A Walk to Remember; The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood; and The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys. The movie adaptation of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, starring Jim Carrey, Jude Law, and Meryl Streep, was released in 2004.

Most recently, Iron Man 3 was shot along the Cape Fear Coast. And Kill the Messenger, a movie based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb, is scheduled for release in 2014.

Interested in touring some of the "Hollywood" locations in Wilmington? Book a location tour here. And for a complete list of television shows and movies shot in the Wilmington area, click here.

Of course, Wilmington was also home to the nineties' hit television series Dawson Creek. And no article like this would be complete without a shout-out to the 1989 comedy Weekend at Bernie's. Maybe not a great movie—maybe not even a good movie—but one that had a profound and riotous influence on a certain movie-watching audience of a certain age.

Registration for the NCWN 2013 Fall Conference is now open.

NORTH CAROLINA—The 2014 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize is now open for submissions. For the first time ever, entrants may submit their short stories electronically through Submittable.com.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. Facilitated by Anthony S. Abbott, professor emeritus of English at Davidson College, the competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.

Marianne Gingher is the final judge. Her work has appeared in many periodicals and journals including The Oxford American, Southern Review, and the New York Times. Her novel, Bobby Rex's Greatest Hit, was made into an NBC "Movie-of-the-Week" in 1992, starring Tom Wopat and Jean Smart. Both Bobby Rex and Teen Angel (her short-story collection) were recipients of ALA Notable and Best Book awards, and Bobby Rex won North Carolina's Sir Walter Raleigh prize in 1987. Her memoir A Girl's Life received a Foreword Magazine "Book of the Year" citation in 2001. Gingher directed the Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1997-2002.

Thomas Wolfe wrote one of the great coming-of-age novels of the twentieth century: Look Homeward, Angel. Although he was known for submitting voluminous manuscripts to his editor, submissions for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize should not exceed twelve pages (one-inch margins, double-spaced). The contest deadline is January 30, 2014; the winner will be announced in April.

Kevin Winchester of Waxhaw, NC, won the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. Ashley Memory of Pittsboro, NC, was named First Honorable Mention; Jacob Appel of New York, NY, was named Second Honorable Mention.

Here are the complete guidelines:

  • Contest opens December 1; deadline is January 30, 2014.
  • The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.
  • Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript not to exceed 12 double-spaced pages (1" margins, 12-pt. font).
  • 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.
  • An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 for NCWN members, $25 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.
  • The winner is announced each April.
  • To submit online, go to https://ncwriters.submittable.com/submit. Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($15 NCWN members / $25 for non-members).
  • To submit by regular mail:

Professor Tony Abbott
PO Box 7096
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035

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.

 
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