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GREENSBORO—Thanks to a generous but anonymous donor, the North Carolina Writers’ Network will offer two More Seats Scholarships to allow writers from underserved communities to attend the on-site NCWN 2022 Spring Conference.
Each More Seat scholarship (as in, “More Seats at the Table”) will cover the full cost of Spring Conference registration, as well as one year of Network membership—a total value of more than $200.
The NCWN 2022 Spring Conference will be Saturday, April 23, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Spring Conference faculty includes Carole Boston Weatherford, Derek Palacio, Belle Boggs, Ron Stacker Thompson, and many more,
The More Seats Scholarships are in addition to the usual scholarship aid available to writers in need. The goal of the More Seats Scholarships is to encourage beginning writers from underserved communities, who may not have found a place at the proverbial literary table.
“The donor wants to celebrate and amplify new North Carolina voices,” Southern said. “They especially encourage writers from rural counties, writers of color, and LGBTQ+ writers to apply.”
Selection criteria will focus on commitment to writing, rather than degrees or publications.
To apply, send a current CV—with contact information and a list of any work, education, publications, or other relevant literary experiences or achievements—and a Statement of Writing Intent of no more than 1,000 words to
The deadline to apply is midnight on April 1.
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GREENSBORO—For the first time, the North Carolina Writers' Network will offer the Elliott Bowles Screenwriters Scholarship to attend its Spring Conference, allowing up to four aspiring screenwriters to take advantage of a full day of readings, classes, and community.
“The Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship was created in remembrance of our son’s screenwriting passion and generous nature,” Beverly Nipper Bowles, Elliott’s mother, said. “This scholarship seeks to lend support to aspiring young screenwriters as they continue to learn and refine their craft, develop connections with industry advisors and production companies, and pursue their dreams in the love of film.”
This scholarship will pay for full Spring Conference registration. Recipients also will receive a one-year complimentary membership in the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
Any North Carolina resident who has written an unproduced/unoptioned screenplay may apply for the Elliott Bowles Screenwriting Scholarship. Applicants will submit a twenty-page sample of their screenplay, along with their resume or CV, and a cover letter describing their habits and goals as a screenwriter. Applicants will submit these materials to
The NCWN 2022 Spring Conference will be Saturday, April 23, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The conference will offer sessions for writers for screen or stage, including “Creating Characters Round and Flat for the Screen" with Mary M. Dalton and "Is This Idea a Screenplay?" with Joy Goodwin.
Full details and registration for the 2022 Spring Conference are available here.
“The inspiration for this scholarship sprang to mind during my darkest day,” Beverly Nipper Bowles said. “I was planning the memorial service. The initial thought was a dim but emerging ray of sun, mixed with the tiniest sparkle of joy. When I heard myself share the idea with my husband and saw his face, it was suddenly obvious that this was the path we were intended to take as a way to preserve the memory and share the dream of our beloved Elliott.”
Others can donate to support the Bowles Scholarship, either with a check made out to “NCWN-Bowles Scholarship” and mailed to P. O. Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC, 27120; or with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover at www.ncwriters.org.
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 www.ncwriters.org.
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GREENSBORO—The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, which honors a single poem, is now open for submissions.
The contest, sponsored by NCWN and administered by the MFA in Creative Writing at UNC-Greensboro, is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Submissions should be one poem only (40-line limit), original, and previously unpublished (including on any website, blog, or social media).
The deadline is March 1, 2022. The winner will receive $200 and possible publication of their winning entry in storySouth.
The final judge of the 2022 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition will be Maria Hummel.
Maria Hummel is a novelist and poet. Her books include Lesson in Red, a follow-up to Still Lives, a Reese Witherspoon x Hello Sunshine pick, a Book of the Month Club pick, and BBC Culture Best Book of 2018; Motherland, a San Francisco Chronicle Book of the Year; and House and Fire, winner of the APR/Honickman Poetry Prize.
The winner of a Stegner Fellowship, Bread Loaf Fellowship, and Pushcart Prize, her other awards include a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Prize, the Penelope Niven Creative Nonfiction Award, and fellowships to Squaw Valley Writers’ Conference and Vermont Studio Center. She also taught creative writing at Stanford University for close to a decade and is now an associate professor at the University of Vermont. She lives in Vermont with her husband and sons.
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions and honors poet poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly 18 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.
The competition is administered by Terry L. Kennedy, 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."
The winner of the 2021 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition was S.L. Cockerille of New Bern, for her poem "Aproned Literacy."
The full competition guidelines are listed below and can be found at www.ncwriters.org.
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 March 1
- Entries can be submitted one of two ways:
- 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.
- Submit an electronic copy online at http://ncwriters.submittable.com, and pay by VISA or MasterCard.
- To submit as a Member of NCWN ($10), click here.
- To submit as a Non-Member of NCWN ($15), click here.
Terry L. Kennedy
MFA Writing Program
3302 MHRA Building
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170