Seeking submissions for 2011 Linda Flowers Literary Award
The North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, invites original entries of fiction, creative nonfiction, or poetry for the 2011 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The postmark deadline for submissions is August 15, 2011. There is no entry fee.
The Linda Flowers Literary Award is given annually by the North Carolina Humanities Council for unpublished writing that portrays North Carolina, its people, and cultures. While authors do not have to be North Carolinians, entries are expected to draw on North Carolina connections and/or memories.
The Humanities Council will award the author of the winning entry a cash prize of $500, publication in the Council’s biannual magazine North Carolina Conversations, and support towards a weeklong writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.
Entries should be no longer than 2,500 words and five copies of the entry should be submitted. For a complete description and full submission guidelines for the Linda Flowers Literary Award, visit the North Carolina Humanities Council website at www.nchumanities.org.
With the Linda Flowers Literary Award, the Council honors a humanist, professor, and writer who achieved the extraordinary despite extraordinary odds. The award recognizes people writing now who care, as Flowers did, about writing truthfully and well.
The Humanities Council was privileged to have Linda Flowers as one of its members from 1992 to 1998. In 2000, a colleague at Flowers’ funeral remembered her “tenacious” commitment to truth-telling, “not being polite, but telling the truth."
Flowers reflected on her experience with cancer in “I Have Come Home,” published in the Humanities Council’s NC Crossroads (May 1999). Flowers’ Throwed Away: Failures of Progress in Eastern North Carolina was published in 1993.