Linda Flowers Literary Award

9 April 2018

Linda Flowers Literary Award Description

Deadline: July 18, 2018

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the Linda Flowers Literary Award.

With the annual award, the Council seeks to celebrate excellence in the humanities achieved by people, like Linda Flowers, who not only identify with North Carolina, but who explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, the meanings, and the many cultures of North Carolina.

The winner of the 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina. The winner will be announced at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Fall Conference in November 2018.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entries should detail examinations of intimate, provocative, and inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures, bringing to light real men and women having to make their way in the face of change, loss, triumph, and disappointments.
  • Entries must be deeply engaged with North Carolina by drawing on particular North Carolina connections and/or memories.
  • Entries should celebrate excellence in the humanities.
  • Entries must be from authors who are at least 18 years of age and currently live in North Carolina
  • Entries, regardless of genre, should be original, unpublished works of no more than 10 pages. Entries that fall outside these length stipulations will be disqualified.
  • Entries should be typed in a standard 12 point font. The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the work.
    • Prose should be double-spaced.
    • Poetry, whether a suite of poems or one long poem, should be single spaced.
    • If you submit an excerpt from a larger work, you must include a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole within the 10-page maximum.
  • Only one entry per writer will be accepted.

Submission Instructions

Entries will only be accepted electronically through the Council’s Foundant Application Portal. Submissions sent through email will be disqualified. Incomplete submissions and entries that fall outside the stated submission guidelines and instructions will be disqualified.

  1. Please review the submission guidelines (above) before completing your entry
  2. Review the application instructions and FAQs then watch this video tutorial on the application process.
  3. Get started on your entry by creating an account in our Foundant Application Portal. 
  4. Once you have created your account and are logged in to your Applicant Dashboard, click “Apply” in the upper left-hand corner to view an alphabetical list of all open Council opportunities.
  5. Scroll down and select “2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award” and complete your entry.

Contact the Program and Grants Manager, Caitlin Patton, if you have any questions.

Submission Timeline

  • Submission accepted beginning: April 9, 2018
  • Submission deadline: July 13, 2018 
  • Winner notified by the Council:  by October 15, 2018
  • Winner announced: November 2-4 2018 at the North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference

Selection Process

  • A panel of judges will select the Linda Flowers Literary Award winner.

Award Prize

  • The winner of The Linda Flowers Literary Award will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

History of the Linda Flowers Literary Award

The North Carolina Humanities Council was privileged to have Linda Flowers as one of its trustees from 1992 to1998. During the years we shared with Linda, she exemplified, above all else, what it means to live by one’s belief that “the humanistic apprehension is as necessary for living fully as anything else. Education in the humanities,” she wrote, “is equipment for living.”

In addition to honoring Linda Flowers (1944–2000) with an award named for her, the North Carolina Humanities Council wishes to celebrate excellence in the humanities achieved by people like her, those who not only identify with our state, but who explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, the meanings, in lives that have been shaped by North Carolina and its many cultures.

Linda Flowers was somewhat surprised by the strong connections readers made to her book Throwed Away: Failures of Progress in Eastern North Carolina in 1990. She believed they were responses to “the book’s humanistic dimension: the focus on real men and women having to make their way in the face of a changing, onrushing and typically uncaring world.” This is true to the portraits in Throwed Away; it is just as true of “I Have Come Home,” the essay Linda wrote about her experience with cancer for NC Crossroads (May 1999). Both are superb examinations of intimate, provocative, inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures. The Linda Flowers Literary Award is intended for a literary work that demonstrates these powers of recognition.

Visit the website: http://www.nchumanities.org/content/2018-linda-flowers-award-details-and-guidelines

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