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CARY—The North Carolina Writers’ Network will award a second Sally Buckner Emerging Writers' Fellowship, this year to a writer of fiction.

Created in memory of the late Sally Buckner, one of North Carolina’s most beloved poets, editors, and educators, the Buckner Fellowship supports an emerging North Carolina writer, between the ages 21-35, whose work shows promise of excellence and of commitment to a literary career.

The deadline is June 30

NCWN members submit here. Non-members, submit here

Applicants must be in the early stages of their careers and will not yet have achieved major recognition for their work. No specific academic background is required or preferred, but students enrolled in degree-granting programs are not eligible to apply.

The final judges are Michele T. Berger, Chris Tonelli, and former NC Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti.

Fellowship recipients will use the $500 award to allay the costs associated with the business of writing: paper, printing, writing supplies, submission fees, research expenses, travel, conference registration fees, etc. In addition to the cash award, recipients will receive a complimentary one-year membership in the NCWN, as well as scholarship aid to attend the Network’s annual Fall Conference.

The fellowship winner will be announced and introduced at the Network’s Fall Conference, held this year in Asheville, November 8-10.

To honor and carry on the lifelong generosity displayed by its namesake, the Buckner Fellowship will invite each recipient, during their award year, to help at least one other writer—by mentoring a less-experienced writer, by critiquing another’s work, by writing references or editing applications, or in whatever other way the recipient sees fit.

Applications will be accepted through from May 1 to June 30. Application is free for current NCWN members; for nonmembers, the application fee is $10. A committee appointed by NCWN will review all applications, and invite finalists for interviews with committee members.

Poet Zachary Lunn of Hoke County won the inaugural Buckner Fellowship. Lunn, originally from Las Vegas, served two tours in Iraq as a medic with the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment. After the Army, he graduated from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and then earned his MFA in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University, where he was awarded an Academy of American Poets Prize. His writing appears or is forthcoming in Oxford American, Carve, CONSEQUENCE, Pedestal Magazine, and other literary journals.

For more information about the Sally Buckner Emerging Writers’ Fellowship and NCWN, visit, or contact Charles Fiore, NCWN Communications Director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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