BACKBONE PRESS
www.backbonepress.org
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Backbone Press has been publishing diversely since 2012. They debut and support writers who are considered marginalized voices and whose work may not be published elsewhere. They publish chapbooks and collections of haiku, including Corner Shrine by Chloe Martinez; The Riddle of Longing by Faisal Mohyuddin; and Sea Island Blues by Tyree Daye (who’s leading the Master Class in Poetry at the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference). They sponsor the annual Backbone Press Chapbook Competition and the annual Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize. A small press with a big vision, Backbone Press offers itself as a venue for ethnic poets, including African America, Latina/o, Asian, and more. They love publishing poetry that is “political, invocative, social, gritty, [and] personal and poignant.”

cq_logoTHE CAROLINA QUARTERLY
www.thecarolinaquarterly.com
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The Carolina Quarterly has been publishing poetry, fiction, essays, reviews, and artwork four times a year since 1965. Recent issues have featured the works of Lauri Anderson, Megan Mayhew Bergman, Aaron Gwyn, Matthew Volmer, and more. Pieces published in The Carolina Quarterly have appeared in New Stories from the South, Best of the South, Poetry Daily, O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prizes, and Best American Short Stories. Today, The Carolina Quarterly publishes two print issues each year and two online issues, along with offering exclusive online-only content. This magazine is a proudly student-run journal, with a robust staff of both graduate and undergraduate editors, interns, and assistants, housed in the Department of English and Comparative Literature at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Carolina Quarterly facilitates the annual Jacobs/Jones African-American Literary Prize (open through January 2, 2022).

JAKI SHELTON GREEN
www.jakisheltongreen.com
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Jaki Shelton Green is the first African-American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate. When he appointed her in 2018, Governor Cooper stated that “Jaki Shelton Green brings a deep appreciation of our state’s diverse communities to her role as an ambassador of North Carolina literature. Jaki’s appointment is a wonderful new chapter in North Carolina’s rich literary history.” In 2020, she released her first album, The River Speaks of Thirst, produced by Soul City Sounds. This vinyl poetry album contains 11 spoken poems.

THE GREENSBORO REVIEW
www.greensbororeview.org
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The Greensboro Review, a literary magazine published by The MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been willfully and defiantly “old school” since its founding in 1966. Back then, it appeared more or less exactly as it does today, offering readers a simple cover, no distracting graphics, and a complete and total focus on the quality of the text. Recent authors include Jim Whiteside, as well as Casey Guering, whose short story “What Consumes You,” won the Robert Watson Literary Prize in Fiction. Past contributors include Dan Albergotti, NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee and former NC Poet Laureate Fred Chapell, Philip Gerard–recipient of the 2019 NC Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor–and Emilia Phillips. The Greensboro Review facilitates the annual Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition (open January 15, 2022).

HORSE AND BUGGY PRESS
www.horseandbuggypress.com
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An award-winning graphic design, letterpress printing, and book production studio celebrating their 25 year anniversary, Horse & Buggy Press is located in Durham at 1116 Broad Street where they also curate a 500 square-foot fine craft and art gallery appropriately called Horse & Buggy Press and Friends. The gallery features work by dozens of established artists and craftspersons from across the Southeast. They host a diverse range of salon events including literary readings; artist and historian talks; musical performances; and variety, fashion, and trunk shows with special guests. Horse & Buggy Press takes on a wide range of print projects from bookmarks to 300 page book editions printed in the thousands, to environmental signage. Their online bookshop includes Trace: 25th Anniversary Fine Press Chapbook by Son Volt; The Moonshiner Popcorn Sutton by Neal Hutcheson; and City of Midnight Skies: Poems. Prose. Drawings by Stephen Gibson.

LIGHT MESSAGES PUBLISHING / TORCHFLAME BOOKS
www.lightmessages.com
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Light Messages Publishing / Torchflame Books was founded by a family of authors who believed that there had to be a better model than predatory vanity presses or self-publishing for emerging authors. They’ve since published more than 200 titles for emerging, award-winning, and bestselling authors. New titles include Lies That Bind by Amanda Lamb, Unforgiving Savage by Dave Edlund, and The Next to Last Mistake by Amalie Jahn. Light Messages Publishing provides three different publishing models: Light Messages Traditional Publishing, Torchflame Hybrid Publishing, and Author Publishing. For submission information, click here.

MEMOIR MAGAZINE
www.memoirmag.com
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Memoir magazine’s mission is to be a witness to both factual and emotional truths that resonate with the human heart by supporting writers and artists in sharing their stories—whether personal, social or political– through publication, education, and advocacy. Their goal is to cultivate our collective and individual capacity to recognize truth, while creating greater diversity and empathy, by flooding the world with stories that need to be told. The Annual Memoir Prize awards Memoir and Creative Nonfiction book-length works of exceptional merit in the categories of traditional, self-published, and previously unpublished prose. Deeadline: November 30. Memoir Magazine accepts nonfiction submissions under 3,000 words.

NORTH CAROLINA ARTS COUNCIL
www.ncarts.org
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For more than half a century, the NCAC has provided resources for arts programming, education, and leadership across the state. The North Carolina Arts Council delivers resources to arts organizations and artists to support projects and programs of public value that revitalize downtowns, educate and empower North Carolina youths, and fuel a thriving non-profit creative sector that generates over $2 billion annually.

NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY MAP
www.library.uncg.edu/dp/nclitmap
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Connecting the lives and creative work of authors to real (and imaginary) geographic locations. The mission of the North Carolina Literary Map is to highlight the literary heritage of the state by connecting the lives and creative work of authors to real (and imaginary) geographic locations. Through the development of a searchable and browseable data-driven online map, users are able to access a database, learning tools, and cultural resources, to deepen their understanding of specific authors as well as the cultural space that shaped these literary works. The NC Literary Map also offers apps for literary walking tours. For exaple, there are two literary walking tours for Greensboro, one for O. Henry and one for Randall Jarrell–inductees of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, both.

NORTH CAROLINA LITERARY REVIEW
www.nclr.ecu.edu
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Submissions open for the Doris Betts Fiction Prize (final judge: Monique Truong)! Published since 1992 by East Carolina University and the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association, the North Carolina Literary Review facilitates the annual Doris Betts Fiction Prize, which awards $250 and publication in NCLR to a short story under 6,000 words. The deadline is October 31. The theme of the fall, 2021 issue is “Writing Toward Healing,” featuring the winner and finalists of the 2020 James Applewhite Poetry Prize.

NORTH CAROLINA POETRY SOCIETY
www.ncpoetrysociety.org
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With more than 375 members from North Carolina and beyond, the Poetry Society holds regular meetings four times a year in Southern Pines at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities. In addition, NCPS sponsors annual contests for adults and students, which offer cash prizes and award certificates; the annual Poet Laureate Award, judged by the state’s poet laureate; the annual Brockman-Campbell Book Award, recognizing the best book published by a North Carolina poet; and the annual Lena M. Shull Book Award, selecting for publication the best full-length unpublished poetry manuscript by a poet living in North Carolina, where the wining manuscript is published by St. Andrews University Press, and the winning poet leads a workshop and gives a reading at Poetry Day Hickory in April. In 2003, the NCPS Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, where three distinguished North Carolina poets are selected annually to mentor student poets in the eastern, central, and western regions of the state.

PEN AMERICA
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PEN America is the sponsor of Saturday’s luncheon “Community Journalism” panel discussion. Formed in 1922, PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world. Their PEN Across America initiative, launched in 2018, responds to mounting threats to free expression with opportunities for Members and their allies to mobilize locally through public programming, campaigns, literary events, workshops, civic forums, and other projects that expand engagement with PEN America’s mission. PEN America welcomes and celebrates emerging writers whose voices are adding to the literary experience. PEN America’s more than 7,500 Members live in every state. NCWN Membership Coordinator Deonna Kelli Sayed is the PEN America NC Piedmont representative (Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh).

PRESS 53
https://www.press53.com
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Press 53 has been finding and sharing remarkable voices in poetry and short fiction since October, 2005, having published more than 200 titles that have earned more than seventy awards. Press 53 has published poetry and short fiction collections by authors from thirty-five states, including six state poets laureate. In 2011, Press 53 established Prime Number Magazine, a free online journal of distinctive poetry and short fiction. The 2022 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction is open for entries through December 31, 2021, awarded annually to an outstanding, unpublished short story collection. New titles include Dark Side of North by the late NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Anthony S. Abbott; Tales the Devil Told Me by Jen Fawkes, winner of the 2020 Press 53 Award for Short Fiction; and the anthology Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 and Its Aftermath.

REGAL HOUSE PUBLISHING
https://www.regalhousepublishing.com
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Founded in 2014, Regal House Publishing supports two imprints: Fitzroy Books, which publishes MG, YA, and children’s literature, and Pact Press, which publishes full-length fiction, memoirs, essay collections, anthologies, and creative nonfiction that offers social impact. Their mandate is to seek, support, encourage, and disseminate literary talent that might otherwise remain unread for lack of publishing opportunity. Upcoming titles in their “Sour Mash” Southern fiction series include McMullen Circle by Heather Newton, Indigo Field by Marjorie Hudson, and The Kudzu Queen by Mimi Herman, who will lead the session “Poetry Nap: Relax Your Way to Great” at the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference.

ROFHIWA BOOK CAFE
https://rofhiwabooks.com
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Rofhiwa is the official bookseller of the NCWN 2021 Fall Conference. A black-owned independent Bookcafé in Durham, Rofhiwa strives to reflect the expansiveness of the black imagination and values books as repositories for collective knowledge. Rofhiwa’s exhibit table is where you’ll find most books by NCWN 2021 Fall Conference faculty.

TIME TREASURES BOOKS
https://timetreasuresbooks.com
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Time Treasures Books is a young and innovative publishing company. Founded by Daniel Hill Zafren, retired Director of Legal Research at the Law Library of Congress, it seeks new quality works by contemporary authors, both fiction and nonfiction. It has also launched a reprint series of classic children’s literature, which reflects the true meaning of the publisher’s motto: “Books Treasured for All Time.” New titles include A Storm Within by Zafren and A Treasury of Classic Stories for Young Folks, which collects more than 500 pages of the most endearing and lasting of stories for children.

UNICORN PRESS
www.unicorn-press.org
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Unicorn Press was founded in 1966 in Santa Barbara, CA, and in 1973 it moved to Greensboro. Unicorn Press seeks to publish excellent works of poetry that are unlikely to find a home elsewhere. Recent titles include Valley of Want by Ross White; Nowhere Buelah by Nicole Stockburger; and The Tyranny of Questions by Michael Gaspeny. Believing that readers should spend at least as much time reading a poem as the poet did writing it, Unicorn has produced poetry in every form: post cards to books: poems as individuals. Today, the press focuses on handbound chapbooks and smaller cohesive sheaves of poetry.