Judges for North Carolina Statewide Literary Contest Announced

Submissions for the Linda Flowers Literary Award Accepted through July 13

CHARLOTTE, NC (May 17, 2018) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has announced its 2018 panel of judges for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Judges were selected based on previous judging experience and level of literary involvement in the state of North Carolina.

Judges will be responsible for reviewing all contest submissions to select the 2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award recipient. The winner will be announced at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Fall Conference in Charlotte, November 2-4, and will receive a cash prize of $1,500 and a stipend for a writer’s residency at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines, North Carolina.

Submissions of original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry will be accepted through July 13, 2018. For a full list of guidelines or to apply, visit http://www.nchumanities.org/content/2018-linda-flowers-award-details-and-guidelines


2018 Linda Flowers Literary Award Judges:

Hannah Dela Cruz Abrams


Hannah Abrams currently teaches in the Department of English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Dela Cruz Abrams was awarded the Whiting Writers Award for her novella The Man Who Danced with Dolls and her memoir-in-progress The Following Sea. She has also received a Rona Jaffe National Literary Award and a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship. Her work has most recently appeared in the Oxford American, StoryQuarterly, Mayday Magazine, The Southern Humanities Review, among others. Abrams currently teaches in the Department of English at the University of North Carolina Wilmington.


Luke Hankins


Luke Hankins is the author of a collection of poems, Weak Devotions, and a collection of essays, The Work of Creation: Selected Prose. He is the editor of Poems of Devotion: An Anthology of Recent Poets, and a collection of his translations from the French of Stella Vinitchi Radulescu, A Cry in the Snow & Other Poems, is forthcoming from Seagull Books. Hankins is the founder and editor of Orison Books, a non-profit literary press focused on the life of the spirit from a broad and inclusive range of perspectives. He also serves as Senior Editor at Asheville Poetry Review.


Alice Osborn


In the past decade, Alice Osborn has taught writing workshops to thousands of aspiring fiction, poetry, and memoir authors of nearly all ages from 9 to 90 both around the corner and across continents. Heroes without Capes is her most recent collection of poetry. Previous collections are After the Steaming Stops and Unfinished Projects. Alice is also the editor of the anthologies Tattoos and Creatures of Habitat, both from Main Street Rag. A North Carolina Writers’ Network, North Carolina Poetry Society, and North Carolina Songwriters Co-op board member and a Pushcart Prize nominee, her work has appeared in the News and Observer, The Broad River Review, The Pedestal Magazine, Soundings Review and in numerous journals and anthologies. Alice is the musician-in-residence for the Western Wake Farmers' Market. She is also an Irish dancer who plays Celtic fiddle and bluegrass banjo.


The North Carolina Humanities Council is a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Through its public humanities programs and grants, the Council facilitates the exploration and celebration of North Carolina’s many cultures and heritage. Since 1972, the Council has served as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about our shared human experience. To learn more visit http://nchumanities.org.



Melanie Moore

North Carolina Humanities Council

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