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GREENSBORO—Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Spring Conference ends Sunday, April 17. If the stellar faculty lineup isn't enough to get you motivated, here's one more reason to register: Spring Conference will welcome back Slush Pile Live!, with one important change.

Have you ever wondered what goes through an editor's mind as he or she reads a stack of unsolicited submissions? Here’s your chance to find out.

However, the second annual Slush Pile Live! will offer both poetry and prose in two rooms so that more attendees have a chance to receive feedback on their writing!

Beginning at 4:00 pm, attendees may drop off either 300 words of prose or one page of poetry in the room of their choice (prose and poetry will be read in both MHRA rooms 1214 and 1215). The author’s name should not appear on the manuscript.

Then, at 5:00 pm, a panel of editors will listen to the submissions being read out loud and raise their hand when they hear something that would make them stop reading if the piece were being submitted to their publication. The editors will discuss what they did and did not like about the sample, offering constructive feedback on the manuscript itself and the submission process. All anonymous—all live! (Authors can reveal themselves at the end, but only if they want to.)

Those interested in having their anonymous submission read should bring a hard copy of up to 300 words of prose from a single work or one page of poetry (40-line max) to one of the Slush Pile Live! rooms. Submissions should be double-spaced, 12-point, Times New Roman font. No names should appear on the submissions.

All of last year's panelists return, including:

As many submissions as the panelists can get to in an hour, that's how many they'll read: all anonymous—all live! Authors can reveal themselves at the end, to thunderous applause, befitting their bravery, but only if they want to.

“If you’ve never worked or volunteered for a publisher or literary magazine before, the submission process can seem kind of mysterious,” says NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern. “‘Slush Pile Live!’ will give attendees a peek into the editorial screening process, with the added bonus of giving feedback to anonymously submitted manuscripts in a non-threatening way.”

Other familiar programs will remain, including faculty readings, an open mic for conference participants, an exhibit hall packed with publishers and literary organizations, and “Lunch with an Author,” where conference-goers can spend less time waiting in line and more time talking with the author of their choice. Spaces in “Lunch with an Author” are limited and are first-come, first-served. Pre-registration and an additional fee are required for this offering.

Pre-registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Spring Conference closes Sunday, April 17. Register now!

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, and to register, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

ASHEVILLE—Alli Marshall of Asheville has won the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize for her short story, “Catching Out.” Alli will receive $1,000 and publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review.

Final judge Ron Rash selected "Catching Out" from more than 200 entries. This was the most entries in the history of The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize.

Alli Marshall is the Arts & Entertainment editor and lead writer at Asheville's alternative newsweekly Mountain Xpress, where she's worked for thirteen years. She recently won the 2016 Shrewd Writer Award for flash fiction and was a runner-up in the annual Broad River Review Rash Award in fiction. Alli holds an MFA in creative writing from Goddard College. Her prose and poetry has been published in Blurt!, Shuffle, Our State, MetroPop, FifeLines, and the Asheville Poetry Review. Her debut novel, How to Talk to Rockstars, was published by Logosophia Books in 2015. She's currently at work on a new novel set in a mysterious library. She is the Asheville area regional rep for the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Heather Bell Adams of Raleigh and Katrin Redfern of Brooklyn, New York, were named runners-up for their short stories "Wendell Berry's Peace" and “Love’s Archive,” respectively.

Originally from Hendersonville, Heather Bell Adams now lives in Raleigh where she is a lawyer. Her short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Broad River Review, Clapboard House, Pembroke Magazine, Gravel, Deep South Magazine, and elsewhere.

Katrin Redfern was born in London and raised in the States. She currently lives in Brooklyn where you can find her writing for radio, theater, and the page.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize is open to all writers, regardless of geographic location or prior publication. Submitted stories must be unpublished and not exceed twelve double-spaced pages.

The 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize is administered by the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers. The program is committed to providing the community with affordable university-level classes led by published writers and experienced teachers. Each course carries academic credit awarded through UNC-Asheville.

The Thomas Wolfe Review is the official journal of The Thomas Wolfe Society, publishing articles, features, tributes, and reviews about Wolfe and his circle. It also features bibliographical material, notes, news, and announcements of interest to Society members.

Final judge Ron Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner Finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, as well as four other prizewinning novels. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University.

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.

 

GREENSBORO—The North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Spring Conference offers a full-day of classes, top writing faculty, and intensive Master Classes and breakout sessions in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, writing for tweens, building your career, and the Facebook Advantage. Other features include faculty readings, on-site "lunch with an author," publisher exhibits, Slush Pile Live!, and an open mic for conference participants.

But none of it would be possible without the support of our sponsors.

The Master in Fine Arts Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro offers a two-year residency program with an emphasis on providing students with studio time in which to study the writing of fiction or poetry. This program is one of the oldest in the country. The faculty includes Michael Parker (who'll give the Keynote Address at this year's Spring Conference), Jim Clark, and Holly Jones. The program produces The Greensboro Review.

Conference attendees will be able to park free in the Oakland Avenue Parking Deck courtesy of the MFA Writing Program at UNCG.

The North Carolina Arts Council offers operating support for the North Carolina Writers' Network. The Arts Council has been a statutory state agency since 1967. Their core functions include creating a strong and efficient arts infrastructure across North Carolina; planning and implementing economic development using the arts; education; and research. The Arts Council believes that artists are an integral part of civic life as they stimulate creativity, innovation and dialogue. Our cities vibrate with the energy of the arts; and our rural communities reach deep into their roots and celebrate their unique traditions. Residents in every corner of NC have the chance to engage their artistic aspirations. The arts help children flourish through a complete education that prepares them for the workforce with twenty-first century skills. The arts build bridges where diverse communities reach across boundaries to celebrate and share their cultures. The arts are an essential ingredient in state policy, practice, and pride.

Greensboro's News & Record is a leading multimedia news, information, advertising, and entertainment source for the cities of Greensboro and High Point, Guilford County and Rockingham and Randolph counties in North-Central North Carolina. The News & Record launched its first online edition in the winter of 1994-95. Its digital channels now include www.News-Record.com, an e-Edition for desktop computers and tablets, and mobile editions for smartphones and tablets. Go Triad is a free weekly insert in the News & Record, appearing on Thursday. Go Triad focuses on arts and entertainment, including reviews and listings of movies, concerts, and theatre, as well as restaurant and bar reviews. It also has features about local figures in the arts and entertainment industry, including local bands, artists, authors, and others.

88.5 WFDD: Public Radio for the Piedmont is the National Public Radio affiliate for the Triad. Owned by Wake Forest University, WFDD serves thirty-two counties in Central North Carolina and South-Central Virginia. It also operates a translator, W216K on 100.1 FM in Boone. The station airs news and talk shows from NPR during the day, with local news updates and shows including Triad Arts. From 8:00 pm to 4:00 am, the station turns to Classical music programming.

The NC Writers' Network 2016 Spring Conference happens Saturday, April 23, at UNCG. Registration is now open.

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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