The North Carolina Humanities Council was privileged to have Linda Flowers as one of its members from 1992 to1998. During the years we shared with her, she taught us many things. Above all, Linda showed us what it means to live by one’s belief that “the humanistic apprehension is as necessary for living fully as anything else… [it must ] be recognize[d] and nurture[d]… to realize more fully the potential of the human spirit.”
In addition to honoring Linda Flowers (1944–2000) with an award named for her, the Humanities Council seeks to draw to the attention of others something special that Linda passed on to us. We want 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.
2017 Award Details and Requirements
The North Carolina Humanities Council invites original, unpublished entries of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry for the award.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, an disappointments.
Authors do not need to be North Carolinians; however, entries must be deeply and palpably engaged with some aspect of North Carolina.
Submissions will be accepted from March 10 – June 16, 2017
The winner will be announced November 3-5, 2017 at the North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference in Wrightsville Beach.