Linda Flowers Award Guidelines and Submission Instructions

Linda Flowers Literary Award Description

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. 

The award is given to exceptional North Carolina authors whose work celebrates the North Carolina experience and conveys excellence in writing. The Linda Flowers Literary Award was inaugurated in 2001 in memory of former Council Trustee Linda Flowers (1944-2000) who believed that the humanities are “equipment for living.”

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. The winner will be announced at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Fall Conference in November.

Submission Guidelines

  • Entries should detail examinations of intimate, provocative, and inspiring portraiture of North Carolina, its people and cultures.

  • Entries should be deeply engaged with North Carolina by drawing on particular North Carolina connections and/or memories.
  • Entries should demonstrate excellence in the humanities.

  • Entries, regardless of genre, should be original, unpublished works. 

  • Entries must not include the author’s name anywhere on the work, including in the submission title.

  • Entries must be from authors who are at least 18 years of age and currently live in North Carolina

  • Only one entry per writer will be accepted.
  • Required Submission Format
    • Entries must not exceed 10 pages (standard 1 inch margin).
    • Entries must be typed in Times New Roman 12 point font.
    • 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.
    • Prose and works of nonfiction should be double-spaced.
    • Poetry, whether a suite of poems or one long poem, should be single spaced.

Submission Instructions

Entries will only be accepted electronically through the Council’s Online Application Portal. Submissions sent through email will be disqualified. Incomplete submissions and entries that fall outside the stated Submission Guidelines and instructions above will be disqualified.

  1. Please review the submission guidelines (above) before completing your entry
  2. Review the application instructions and FAQs and watch this video tutorial on the application process.
  3. Get started on your entry by creating an account in our Online Application Portal. 
  4. Register your account as an individual entering "NA" for EIN and when asked "Are you the executive officer" indicate yes
  5. 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. Please note, we strongly recommend bookmarking the Applicant Dashboard login page for easy access.
  6. Scroll down and select "2019 Linda Flowers Literary Award" and complete your entry.

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

Submission Timeline

  • Submission accepted beginning: April 12, 2019
  • Submission deadline: June 28, 2019
  • Winner notified by the Council:  by September 23, 2019
  • Winner announced: November 8-10 2019 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 North Carolina Humanities Council will award the winner of the Linda Flowers Literary Award 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 (1944–2000) serve as one of its Board Trustees from 1992 to 1998. Linda deeply believed that "the humanistic apprehension is as necessary for living fully as anything else.” “Education in the humanities,” she said, “is equipment for living.”

Linda Flowers wrote Throwed Away: Failures of Progress in Eastern North Carolina in 1990. She believed audiences were taken with "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." The book is an examination of intimate, provocative, and 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.

As a way to celebrate her legacy, the Council established the Linda Flowers Literary Award in 2001; a year after her passing. With the annual award, the Council seeks to celebrate excellence in the humanities achieved by people, like Linda Flowers, who identify with and explore the promises, the problems, the experiences, and the many cultures of North Carolina.