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GREENSBORO—The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition is now open for submissions.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication in storySouth. The deadline is Wednesday, March 1.

Final judge David Blair grew up in Pittsburgh. He is the author of three books of poetry: Ascension Days, which was chosen by Thomas Lux for the Del Sol Poetry Prize, Arsonville, and Friends with Dogs. His poems have appeared in Boston Review, Ploughshares, Slate Magazine, and many other places as well, including the anthologies The Best of Lady Churchill's Rosebud Wristlet, Devouring the Green, and Zoland Poetry.

He has taught at the New England Institute of Art and in the M.FA. Writing Program at the University of New Hampshire. He lives in Somerville, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter, and he has a degree in philosophy from Fordham University and an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Read his poem "Allies in Boston," for free, here. Read his poem "Gospel," here.

Sarah Huener of Durham won the 2016 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition for her poem “To Pluto.” Ruth Moose of Pittsboro was named First Runner Up; Maria Rouphail, of Raleigh, received an Honorable Mention.

Read all the winning poems, and finalists, in Issue 42: Fall 2016 of storySouth.

The competition is administered by Terry L. Kennedy, Associate Director of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

storySouth is an online literary journal dedicated to showcasing the best poetry (and fiction and creative nonfiction) that writers from the "new south" have to offer. Facilitated by the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at UNCG, storySouth aims to prove that "the internet is not just a medium of flash and style; that excellent writing can attract attention without programming gimmicks and hard-to-read fonts." storySouth believes the American South today is a "mix of traditional and new, regional and international." Published poets include Cathy Smith Bowers, Al Maginnes, Dannye Romine Powell, and Elizabeth Swann.

 This competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly eighteen years. He was a 1996 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame who left behind nine books of poetry, four books of literary criticism, four children’s books, five anthologies, a bestselling academic novel, a translation of Goethe’s Faust, Part I, and a translation of Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, produced on Broadway by The Actors’ Studio.

Here are the complete guidelines to the Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition:

  • 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 March 1.
  • Entries can be submitted one of two ways:
    1. Send one printed copy 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.
  • Poem will not be returned. If submitting by mail, include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a list of winner and finalists. The winner and finalists will be announced in May.
  • An entry fee must accompany the poem. Multiple submissions are accepted, one poem per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $15 for nonmembers.
  • You may pay member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Submissions should be one poem only (40-line limit).
  • Poem must be typed (single-spaced) and stapled in the left-hand corner.
  • 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. (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.)
  • If submitting by mail, send submissions to:

Terry L. Kennedy
MFA Writing Program
3302 MHRA Building
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

The non-profit 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.

 

SAVANNAH, GA—Members of the North Carolina Writers’ Network have the opportunity to display their book(s) in front of nearly 600 independent booksellers at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance 2016 Trade and Discovery Show, September 16-18, in Savannah, Georgia.

Registration is now closed.

NCWN will have a table at this event featuring books by current Network members. Authors are invited to send up to five copies of one of their titles, for display.

Space is severely limited: the Network can only display up to fifteen titles. Authors may display up to three titles.

Payments and books must be received by Friday, September 2.

The hope is that booksellers will take these giveaway copies home with them to read—and later order and promote the books at their stores. At the very least, this trade show is an excellent way to expose your book to the men and women who do the hard work of selling books every day.

Held at the Hilton Savannah Desoto, this year’s SIBA Trade and Discovery Show offers a show floor alive with books—more than 300 tables manned by sales representatives who are familiar with both the rewards and the difficulties of selling books in the Southeast.

The trade show is Southern in its friendliness, social gatherings, and intimacy, encouraging many informal exchanges of ideas. Select authors will be on-hand for readings and book-signings, as well as scheduled talks, encouraging lots of conversations about exciting new titles.

Please note, NCWN members are not able to attend the trade show themselves, as access is restricted to SIBA-affiliated booksellers.

“Our members regularly tell us their experience at the show—the things they learn and the connections they make with publishers and other booksellers—is one of the most valuable business resources they have,” said SIBA Executive Director Wanda Jewell. “Large store or small, everyone seems to come away from the show with new ideas and new energy.”

For more information on the 2016 SIBA Trade and Discovery Show in Savannah, click here.

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is a trade association which represents over 300 bookstores and thousands of booksellers in Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and Mississippi. It exists to empower, promote, and celebrate their core member bookstores in a spirit of partnership.

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.

 

CHARLOTTE—Those who write creative nonfiction know how to tell the truth, even if it hurts. And they know how important it is to present an engaging narrative, even while sticking to the facts.

At the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Squire Summer Writing Residency, June 23-26, at Queens University of Charlotte, creative nonfiction writers will consider the challenges of a sustained narrative and explore methods of meeting those challenges through a variety of narrative approaches and forms.

Under the guidance of instructor Cynthia Lewis, attendees will examine some of the ways in which briefer stories—anecdotes or summaries—can enliven and give immediacy to nonfiction, and what considerations attend the construction of plot.

As a starting point and a bit of common ground, nonfiction registrants will be asked to do some minimal reading from Keep It Real, by Lee Gutkind, and others.

Cynthia Lewis is the Charles A. Dana Professor of English at Davidson College, where she has been teaching Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, and creative nonfiction since 1980. Her nonfiction has been published in The Hudson Review, Southern Cultures, The Antioch Review, The Massachusetts Review, Shenandoah, Charlotte Magazine, Our State, and elsewhere. Three of her personal essays have been included by the editor of The Best American Essays on the “Notable Essays” list and another has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. She is currently finishing a book about sports and Shakespeare and working on two others, one about a political scandal and a parking garage bombing in St. Louis in the early twenty-first century, and the other about professor-on-student sexual harassment and assault.

The 2016 North Carolina Writers' Network Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. Registrants work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents.

The Squire Summer Writing Residency is the Network’s most intimate and intensive conference: only forty-two registrants will be admitted. Potential attendees should apply with a writing sample and be ready to handle the intensive instruction and atmosphere of the Residency.

For more information, and to register, click here.

 

 
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