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ASHEVILLE—For the uninitiated, and even for some who've been writing for the vast majority of their lives, the publishing world can seem a labyrinthine and unknowable place, a country from which people return inexplicably changed.

How does a book go from a writer's personal computer to the bookstore shelves? What's it take to attract an editor's eye? What concrete steps can a writer take to reach their goal of publication? 

On Wednesday, February 13, at 7:00 pm, poet and publisher Luke Hankins will lead the online class "Behind the Scenes: Small Press Publishing."

Registration is now open.

This course is capped at forty (40) registrants, first-come, first-served. There is a $30 fee to register.

There is a lot more to publishing a book than many writers realize! Join Orison Books founder and editor Luke Hankins for a discussion of the publication process from the publisher's perspective, from reading submissions and manuscript acquisition, to the editorial process, to book design, to printing and distribution, to marketing—and the author's role in each of these steps. Luke will include recommendations for authors seeking publication or with books already under contract.

Luke Hankins is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and a collection of essays, The Work of Creation. He is also the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets. His latest book is a collection of translations from the French of Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, A Cry in the Snow & Other Poems, recently released in an international edition by Seagull Books. Hankins is the founder and editor of Orison Books, a non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives.

"Behind the Scenes: Small Press Publishing" is the North Carolina Writers' Network's third offering in their 2018-2019 Winter Series of online classes.

"This program is a great way for writers from all over North Carolina to connect without having the hassle of driving somewhere and finding parking," said NCWN communications director Charles Fiore. "Online classes offer top-shelf instruction for a fraction of the cost, and the software itself is very intuitive and easy to use."

The online class "Behind the Scenes: Small Press Publishing" is available to anyone with an internet connection, or who even owns just a telephone. Instructions for accessing the online class on Wednesday, February 13, will be sent to registrants no less than twenty-four hours prior to the start of class.

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, visit www.ncwriters.org.

 

GREENVILLE—The 2019 Doris Betts Fiction Prize is now open for submissions.

The competition is for previously unpublished short stories up to 6,000 words and is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible. 

The winner receives $250 and publication in North Carolina Literary Review. The postmark deadline is February 15.

To submit, click here.

This year's final judge is Ben Fountain.

Fountain was born in Chapel Hill and grew up in the tobacco country of eastern North Carolina. A former practicing attorney, he is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, and the novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. Billy Lynn was adapted into a feature film directed by three-time Oscar winner Ang Lee, and his work has been translated into over twenty languages. His series of essays published in The Guardian on the 2016 U.S. presidential election was subsequently nominated by the editors of The Guardian for the Pulitzer Prize in Commentary. He lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife of thirty-two years, Sharon Fountain.

For over twenty years, East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary & Historical Association have published the North Carolina Literary Review, a journal devoted to showcasing the Tar Heel State’s literary excellence. Described by one critic as “everything you ever wanted out of a literary publication but never dared to demand,” NCLR has won numerous awards and citations.

Doris Betts was the author of three short story collections and six novels. She won three Sir Walter Raleigh awards, the Southern Book Award, the North Carolina Award for Literature, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Medal for the short story, among others. Beloved by her students, she was named the University of North Carolina Alumni Distinguished Professor of English in 1980. She was a 2004 inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

Miriam Herin of Greensboro won the 2018 Doris Betts Fiction Prize for her story "Lucky," which tells the story of "the protagonist Sokha’s epic journey to buy rice and a bottle of cola from a neighborhood store."

Here are the complete 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. North Carolina Literary Review subscribers with North Carolina connections (lives or has lived in NC) are also eligible.
  • The competition is for previously unpublished short stories up to 6,000 words. Multiple entries ok, but each requires a separate entry fee. No novel excerpts. Stories do NOT have to relate to NCLR’s annual special feature topic.
  • The deadline is February 15.
  • Simultaneous submissions ok, but please notify us immediately if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Submit previously unpublished stories online at https://nclr.submittable.com/submit. Submittable will collect your entry fee via credit card ($10 NCWN members or NCLR subscribers / $20 for non-members/non-subscribers).
  • To pay submission fees by check or money order, make payable to the North Carolina Writers Network and mail to: Ed Southern, PO Box 21591, Winston-Salem, NC 27120- 1591
  • Documents must be Microsoft Word or .rtf files. Stories should be double-spaced. Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. (Submittable will collect and record your name and contact information.) If you have any problems submitting electronically, email NCLR's This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • If submitting by mail, mail story manuscript with a cover sheet providing name, address, email address, word count, and manuscript title, to:

NCLR
ECU Mailstop
555 English
Greenville, NC 27858-4353
(but mail payment to the Network as per instructions above)

The winner and finalists will be announced by May 1. The winning story and select finalists will be published in the next year’s issue of the North Carolina Literary Review.

Questions may be directed to Margaret Bauer, Editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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—Today, on #GivingTuesday, we ask you to keep the North Carolina Writers’ Network in mind.

On November 27, please consider donating to the Network to support our mission to connect, promote, educate, and serve the writers of this state (and all others).

This year, we have set a modest fundraising goal of only $1,000.

I like to think that Network is more than just an organization for writers.  I view the Network as one way to build vibrant communities.  I appreciate that the Network brings together writers who otherwise might not be in conversation.

Actually, I like to think that the Network is a community. It isn’t the board, staff, or offices: the Network is you, and your more than 1,300 fellow writers who belong to the Network.

The Network is a community that offers inspiration, encouragement, and opportunity. The Network offers conferences that bring together hundreds of writers, from all over the state and nation. We offer scholarships and fellowships to deserving young writers, online services and resources, and contests and classes for all sorts of writers, wherever you are—geographically, professionally, or artistically. We help writers escape their offices, their attics, their coffee shops, their own minds, and find their tribe.

Since 1985, the Network has supported thousands of writers. As a Network member, you’re part of one of the largest writing organizations in the United States, and one whose heart is right here in North Carolina.

I know many worthy nonprofits will ask for support during #GivingTuesday on November 27, but please spare a thought—and a few dollars—for the NCWN.

Please visit www.ncwriters.org to give online with a VISA, MasterCard, or Discover. You also can call us at 919.308.3228 or 336.293.8844 to make your gift over the phone, or mail your check to the address below.

All we need is for one-third of you to make a small donation, and we'll meet our goal.

If half of you give, in any amount, we'll beat our goal.

If all of you give, then we'll have some Happy Holidays, indeed.

Yours in writing spirit,

Deonna Kelli Sayed

NCWN Membership Coordinator
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

 

 
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