NC Literary Hall of Fame




WILMINGTON—The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition is now open for submissions. The deadline is January 15, 2022.

This prize awards $1,000 and possible publication in Ecotone to a piece of unconventional journalism not to exceed 2,000 words. Second and Third-Place winners will receive $300 and $200 respectively.

Josina Guess will judge.

Josina Guess is a writer, mother, farmer, and editor. She is a senior writer for The Bitter Southerner where she served as assistant and managing editor. She's an MFA student in the narrative nonfiction program at the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her work is published in Ecotone, Fourth Genre, About Place Journal, and more. She contributed to Wisdom of Communities Volume 4: Sustainability in Community: Resources and Stories about Creating Eco-Resilience in Intentional Community (2018), Fight Evil with Poetry Anthology Volume 1 (2018), Rally: Communal Prayers for The Lovers of Jesus and Justice (2020), and the forthcoming Bigger Than Bravery: Black Resilience and Reclamation in a Time of Pandemic (Lookout Books, Fall 2022). She was born in Alabama, raised in Washington, D.C., studied art at Earlham College, and lived in Philadelphia for over a decade before putting down roots in rural Georgia.

Subjects for essays submitted to the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism.

This competition is facilitated by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Department of Creative Writing, which runs a small press, Lookout Books, and a sister literary magazine, Ecotone.

Ecotone’s mission is to publish and promote the best place-based work being written today. Founded at the University of North Carolina Wilmington in 2005, the award-winning magazine features writing and art that reimagine place, and our authors interpret this charge expansively. An ecotone is a transition zone between two adjacent ecological communities, containing the characteristic species of each. It is therefore a place of danger or opportunity, a testing ground. The magazine explores the ecotones between landscapes, literary genres, scientific and artistic disciplines, modes of thought.

Recent contributors include Destiny O. BirdsongBrock Clarke, Kenji C. LiuMesha Maren, and Jennifer Tseng.

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 NC 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.

The winner of the 2021 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition was Heather Bell Adams of Raleigh, for her essay "Show Me."

The full competition guidelines are listed below and can be found at

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 15.
  • 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, and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
  • Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • 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 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.)
  • 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 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.
  • When you submit online at, Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($15 NCWN members / $25 non-members). (If submitting online, do not include a cover sheet with your document; Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information. For more information about Submittable, click here.)
    • To submit as a Member of NCWN ($10), click here.
    • To submit as a Non-Member of NCWN ($12), click here.
  • If submitting by mail, send submission to:
North Carolina Writers' Network
ATTN: Rose Post
PO Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120


DURHAM—When the North Carolina Writers' Network opened registration for our 2021 Fall Conference, in early September, we were careful to use conditional language. We hoped we'd be able to host the conference in-person with online options, but there was no way to be sure such a plan would be feasible by late November.

We're too superstitious to change our conditional language now, so close to seeing so many of our friends again face-to-face—or mask to mask—after two years apart. But there's nothing conditional about this: Registration for the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference, which runs November 19-21 in Durham/RTP, closes Friday, November 12, and we are not offering on-site registration this year.

Attendees must register by phone or mail by 4:00 pm EST; online registrants have until midnight on Friday, November 12. Register here.

All conference participants—attendees, staff, faculty, exhibitors, media, and more—are required to provide proof of vaccination prior to entering the conference. Masks will be required. We'll do our best to safely and amiably socially distance ourselves.

This will allow us to enjoy terrific programming, such as a Keynote Address by North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, sponsored by NC Humanities; a "Communitiy Journlaism" luncheon panel sponsored by PEN America; an "Agents & Editors" panel sponsored by The Piedmont Laureate Program; faculty readings; open mics; and an exhibit hall featuring literary organizations from across the state

Whether you're trying to find your writing groove again after some time away—or for the first time—or you're putting the finishing touches on a manuscript you hope will be published soon, the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference has sessisons to help. But most of all, we look forward to offering a space for writers to gather again in community. Truly, it's been far too long.

Still not ready to be around people? That's okay! There are some online options available, and all general sessions will be livestreamed for online registrants.

To register, click here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


DURHAM--The North Carolina Writers' Network 2021 Fall Conference runs November 19-21 at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham/RTP. Registration is open through November 12; there will be no on-site registration this year.

We are grateful for the support of our conference sponsors. We'd like to take a moment to highlight each individual and organization. Thank you for showing them your support. 

In keeping with our reverse-alphabetical approach to introductions this year, we'll go Z-A:


Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Established in 1922, UNC Press was the first university press in the South and one of the first in the nation. Their regional publishing program—aimed at general readers and offering engaging, authoritative work on all aspects of the region’s history and culture, its natural and built environment, its music, food, literature, geography, plant and animal life—has been widely adopted in other parts of the country. Today, the imprint of UNC Press is recognized worldwide as a mark of publishing excellence.

UNC Press is the sponsor of the sessions "The Art of the Interview" with Georgann Eubanks and Donna Campbell, whose new book is Saving the Wild South The Fight for Native Plants on the Brink of Extinction (UNC Press, 2021), and "Nerd Cool 101: Making Your Book Shine Online" with UNC Press staffer Ellen C. Bush and Phillip Loken.


Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
The Redbud Writing Project is the Research Triangle’s only adult education writing school. The Redbud Writing Project offers six-week courses online, at bookstores and community spaces around the Triangle, and at their headquarters. They want their workshops to feel open and inviting—places where students feel supported and excited to write, share, and revise. They are guided by the principles of empathy, compassion and candor: they seek to approach each story with an open mind and an eye toward understanding the writer’s intentions, ultimately helping the author write the story they want to tell.

The Redbud Writing Project will host the Pre-Conference Tailgate on Friday, November 19, at 12:00 pm at 719 N. Person St. in Raleigh. This event is free and led by Redbud co-founder Arshia Simkin.


Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
The Piedmont Laureate program is co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County. Its primary goal is to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Each year, a Piedmont Laureate is appointed for a one-year term and conducts the following activities in Durham, Orange and Wake counties. The current Piedmont Laureate is Kelly Starling Lyons, who will lead the session, "So You Want to Write a Children's Book" at the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference.

The Piedmont Laureate Program is the sponsor of the Brilliant at Breakfast Panel Discussion: "Agents and Editors" on Sunday, November 21, at 8:00 am.


Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Formed in 1922, PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Their PEN Across America initiative, launched in 2018, responds to mounting threats to free expression with opportunities for Members and their allies to mobilize locally through public programming, campaigns, literary events, workshops, civic forums, and other projects that expand engagement with PEN America’s mission. PEN America welcomes and celebrates emerging writers whose voices are adding to the literary experience. PEN America’s more than 7,500 Members live in every state. NCWN Membership Coordinator Deonna Kelli Sayed is the PEN America NC Piedmont representative (Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh).

PEN America is the sponsor of Saturday’s luncheon “Community Journalism” panel discussion featuring Kyle Villemain of The Assembly, Cierra Brown Hinton of Scalawag, and Sara Pequeno of The News & Observer in Raleigh.


Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
Alice Osborn’s past educational and work experience is unusually varied, and it now feeds her work as an author, book editor, and musician. In the past 15 years, Alice has coached and edited writers at all levels and genres both locally and around the world. Searching for Paradise is her most recent CD featuring crowd-pleasing originals about history, heroes, and hope, and Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. A Pushcart Prize nominee, her previous poetry collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is the recipient of a United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County 2019 Professional Development Grant; she is the President of the NC Songwriters’ Co-op, and has served for eight years on the NC Writers’ Network’s Board of Trustees. She’s currently working on a novel and CD about the ill-fated Donner Party of 1846-1847.

Alice is the sponsor of the "Opening Reception" on Friday, November 19, at 7:00 pm.


Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
North Carolina Humanities connects North Carolinians with cultural experiences that spur dialogue, deepen human connections, and inspire community. They are the sponsor of the annual John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities, which honors distinguished individuals who have strengthened the educational, cultural, and civic life of North Carolinians through their life’s work. NC Humanities grants are designed to solicit and respond to local needs and interests. Programs include Veterans Reading Groups, Route 1 Reads, Watershed Moments, and more.

NC Humanities is the sponsor of the Keynote Address by Jaki Shelton Green on Friday, November 19, at 8:00 pm.


Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
For more than half a century, the North Carolina Arts Council has provided resources for arts programming, education, and leadership across the state. The North Carolina Arts Council delivers resources to arts organizations and artists to support projects and programs of public value that revitalize downtowns, educate and empower North Carolina youths, and fuel a thriving non-profit creative sector that generates over $2 billion annually.

The North Carolina Arts Council is a program sponsor of the North Carolina Writers' Network.


Facebook | Twitter 
Freedom is the app and website blocker for Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, and Chrome, used by over 2,000,000 people to reclaim focus and productivity. software can:

  • Block websites and apps or the entire internet if you want to. With your distractions blocked, you can get into your workflow and stay on task.
  • Helps break the habit of checking whatever digital source is beckoning. The more you experience Freedom time, the more you’ll find it indispensable.
  • Treat your email like a mailbox (the mail comes and goes once a day) and enjoy your social media proactively on your time (not in respond mode.)

Freedom is the spnonsor of Heather Bell Adams' session "Getting Back into the Writing Groove" on Saturday, November 20.


Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
lair is a nonprofit, independent press that publishes diverse books, including literary fiction, poetry, and nonfiction about the American South and beyond. New titles include Fight Songs: A Story of Love and Sports in a Complicated South by NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern; The Baddest Girl on the Planet by By Heather Frese; and What Makes You Think You're Awake?: Stories by Maegan Poland. Blair accepts nonfiction book proposals year-round; they accept fiction and memoir through their three annual contests.

Blair is the spnosor of the "Happy Hour" on Saturday, November 20, at 6:00 pm.


Fall Conference attracts hundreds of writers from around the country and provides a weekend full of activities that include lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents.

To register, click here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit


Joomla Templates: by JoomlaShack