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July 23, 2015

The Lost Colony of Manteo North Carolina

In 1587, a small group of English men, women, and children came to what is now known as Manteo, North Carolina, to begin a new colony.  Three years later, when supply ships returned from England, the colonists had vanished without a trace.  The mystery of what happened was never truly solved.

Every summer since 1937, an outdoor play based on these events occurs nightly in Manteo.  For more information or if interested in attending the drama, please visit this website.  In addition, many books have been written about The Lost Colony, some of which are in the NC Literary Map.  Virginia Dare, who was born in this colony, has also been discussed in various titles.

July 9, 2015

Upcoming Ashe County Writer's Competition

On the Same Page Literary Festival's annual writer's competition in Ashe County

The annual On the Same Page Literary Festival is scheduled for September 15-19, 2015 in West Jefferson, North Carolina.  New and unpublished authors are encouraged to submit their works.  Winners will be recognized at a luncheon on September 19.  All entries must focus on this year's literary festival theme, "Telling Stories."  For further details, please read the information below.  The Ashe County community looks forward to your fresh literary creativity!

Deadline for Submissions: July 20, 2015
Winners notified by: August 31, 2015
Prose entries limited to 1000 words
Poetry entries up to 50 lines
Entries should focus on the 2015 Festival Theme: "Telling Stories"
Non-refundable entry fee of $10.00 (US) per submission
No limit to number of entries per person
Cash prize award for first and second places in Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry
For more in-depth specifications, please visit the Literary Festival's website:

June 25, 2015

Celebrate July Fourth with the Literary Map!

July Fourth, also known as Independence Day, is the day on which the United States colonists declared freedom from Great Britain in 1776.  To honor "America's Birthday," here are some titles pertaining to the American Revolution, the war surrounding Independence Day, and the United States' fight for freedom:

The Mysterious Rifleman; A Story of the American Revolution

North Carolina in the Revolutionary War

Battles of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1781

The Colonial and Revolutionary Period, 1584-1783

Society in Revolutionary North Carolina

June 17, 2015

Ansel Elkins Interviewed by Oxford American

Oxford American just published a new interview with poet and UNCG alumna Ansel Elkins.  In it, Elkins discusses her poetry, her upbringing and family, and what inspires her to write.  You can read the interview here.

June 8, 2015

NC Writers Network Fall Conference

Mark your calendars for the NC Writers Network Fall Conference, November 20-22, in Asheville!  The conference rotates annually and is held every year in a major hotel.  The weekend will be packed with writers from around the country and activities such as lunch and dinner banquets with readings, keynotes, tracks in several genres, open mic sessions, and the opportunity for one-on-one manuscript critiques with editors or agents.  When more information is available, you can find it here!

May 26, 2015

One City, One Book 2015

The One City, One Book selection for this year is Bill Bryson's A Walk in the Woods.  The Greensboro Public Library, along with several community partners, leads a city-wide reading of a selected title every other year.  The readings are followed by discussion, films, theatrical productions, and more to engage the community in the themes of the selected title.  For more information about this year's selection, see One City, One Book 2015.  Happy reading!

May 20, 2015

Gabrielle Freeman of Greenville Wins Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

Gabrielle Freeman of Greenville, NC, is the winner of the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition for her poem, “Failure to Obliterate.”  She will receive $200 and publication in a special supplement of storySouth.  Freeman's poetry has been published or is forthcoming in many journals, including Beecher’s Magazine, Chagrin River Review, Gabby, Hobart, Melancholy Hyperbole, Minetta Review, Shenandoah, and Waxwing.  She has been nominated twice for the Best of the Net, and she was a finalist in 2014. In 2013, she earned her MFA in poetry through Converse College.  

Gabrielle Freeman

The first runner-up was “Testimony,” by Ann Deagon of Greensboro. “Every Field of Paradise,” by Chapel Hill’s Ralph Earle, was second runner-up.  The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly eighteen years.  storySouth is an online literary journal dedicated to showcasing the best poetry (and fiction and creative nonfiction) that writers from the "new south" have to offer.