2017 Linda Flowers Award Details and Guidelines
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.
The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Submissions 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.
While authors do not have to be North Carolinians, entries must be deeply and palpably engaged with some aspect of North Carolina, must draw on particular North Carolina connections and/or memories, and profoundly celebrate excellence in the humanities.
- Authors must be at least 18 years of age and live in North Carolina
- Entries, regardless of genre, should be original, unpublished works of 3 to 10 pages. Entries that fall outside these length stipulations will be disqualified.
- All entries should be typed in a standard 12 point font.
- 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, include within the 10-page maximum a one-page synopsis of the work as a whole.
- The author’s name should not appear anywhere on the submission.
- Only one entry per writer will be accepted.
- Submissions will only be accepted electronically from March 10, 2017 - June 16, 2017. Submission instructions and link will be provided at the opening of the cycle.
A panel of judges will select the Linda Flowers Literary Award winner.
Submission accepted beginning: March 10, 2017
Submission deadline: June 16, 2017
Winner announced: November 3 – 5, 2017 at the North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference in Wrightsville Beach.
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.