Linda Flowers Award Judges Announced

CHARLOTTE, NC (June 11, 2019) – The North Carolina Humanities Council has announced its 2019 panel of judges for the Linda Flowers Literary Award. Judges were selected based on level of literary involvement in the state of North Carolina.

Submissions of original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry will be accepted for the award through June 28, 2019. For guidelines or to apply, please click here.

The winner will be announced at the North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Fall Conference in Asheville, November 8-10, 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.

Judges will be responsible for reviewing eligible contest submissions to select the 2019 Linda Flowers Literary Award recipient.

Submissions Accepted through June 28 for the Linda Flowers Literary Award

2019 Linda Flowers Literary Award Judges:

Michele Tracy Berger

Michele Tracy Berger, Ph.D.,is a professor, a writer and a creativity coach. She is associate professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill and former Director of the Faculty Fellows Program at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. Her main love is writing speculative fiction, though she also is known to write poetry and creative nonfiction, too. Her creative writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Chapel Hill News, Glint, 100 word story, Thing Magazine, FIYAH: The Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, Oracle: Fine Arts Review, Flying South, Carolina Woman, Trivia: Voices of Feminism, Ms., The Feminist Wire, and various anthologies. Michele was a ‘My View’ monthly columnist for The Chapel Hill News from 2012-2014. She hosts an award-winning blog called ‘The Practice of Creativity’. Her sci-fi novella “Reenu-You”, about a mysterious virus transmitted through a "natural" hair relaxer, was published in 2017 by Book Smugglers Publishing. She is currently a trustee on the board of the North Carolina Writers’ Network and a committee member of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association.

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, was recently released 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.

Terry L. Kennedy

Terry L. Kennedy is the author of the poetry collection, New River Breakdown, as well as the limited-edition chapbook, Until the Clouds Shatter the Light That Plates Our Lives. His work appears in a variety of journals and magazines and has been anthologized in Hard Lines: Rough South Poetry and The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VII: North Carolina. Among Kennedy’s honors are the 2015 Tandy R. Willis Award for Most Promising Writer from the USC Union Upcountry Literary Festival and a 2016-2017 UNCG College of Arts & Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. He currently serves as the Director of the Graduate Program in Creative Writing at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and as Editor for both The Greensboro Review and the online journal, storySouth.

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