Call for Submission: 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award - Deadline July 15

Call for Submission: 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award - Deadline July 15

The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the 2014 Linda Flowers Literary Award. The postmark deadline for submissions is July 15, 2014. There is no entry fee.

The Linda Flowers Literary Award is given annually by the Humanities Council for previously unpublished writing that portrays North Carolina, its people, and cultures.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 Council will award the author of the winning entry a cash prize of $500 and support towards a weeklong writer’s residency at Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.

About Linda Flowers

The Linda Flowers Literary Award honors former Council trustee Linda Flowers. Flowers was a humanist, professor, and writer who achieved the extraordinary despite extraordinary odds. In 2000, a colleague eulogized that Linda Flowers was a “woman who loved the felicitously written word." Another colleague at her 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.

The award recognizes writers now who care, as Flowers did, about writing truthfully and well.


Entries should be no longer than 2,500 words and five copies of an entry should be submitted. Entries should be mailed to the North Carolina Humanities Council, Attention: Program Officer, 122 N. Elm Street, Suite 601, Greensboro, NC, 27401. Electronic submissions will not be accepted.

For more information and full submission guidelines for the Linda Flowers Literary Award, go here or contact