FCAC Writers’ Guild “Launch Party” to Celebrate Annual Literary Journal is Dec. 5 in Franklinton, NC

Launch Party 2022 image. Source: Kim Beall, Writers' Guild, Franklin County Arts Council
Launch Party 2022 image. Source: Kim Beall, Writers' Guild, Franklin County Arts Council

Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers’ Guild invites the public to attend the Launch Party for County Lines: A Literary Journal 2022, Vol. 9th. Celebrate with local writers and listen to readings from Carolina Prize for Writing contest winners and others.

County Lines: A Literary Journal 2022, Vol. 9. Source: Kim Beall, Writers' Guild, FCAC
County Lines: A Literary Journal 2022, Vol. 9. Source: Kim Beall, Writers’ Guild, FCAC

The Launch Party will be held Sunday, December 5, 2021, starting at 1pm, at the Franklinton Lions Club, 205 S Chavis Street, Franklinton, North Carolina (Franklin County).

Depending on the number of author readings, the event may carry on until 3pm or so. All are welcome to attend; membership in FCAC is not required.

There is no fee to enjoy this party. Refreshments (individually wrapped for safety) will be provided by FCAC.

December 5, 2021 will be the first time this “launch” event has been held since the pandemic began. The Writers’ Guild is excited to hold this in-person celebration and gather writers and readers from across the area to read from the newest County Lines: A Literary Journal.

In accordance with CDC guidelines, FCAC respectfully requests that unvaccinated individuals wear a mask while not eating and drinking. Masks may be worn by vaccinated persons, too.

Paperbacks of County Lines: A Literary Journal 2022 Vol. 9, and previous volumes, will be available for purchase during the December 5 event. Journals are also available for $12 at the Franklin County Arts Council’s Gallery on the Hill, located at 99 S Bickett Blvd, Louisburg, NC, and available from Amazon.com. Proceeds from book sales benefit FCAC.

County Lines: A Literary Journal 2022

The literary journal is a compilation of works by writers and artists from across North Carolina and beyond. Its contents are a combination of poetry, prose, and art. Winning entries in the Carolina Prize for Writing are published in the journal alongside selected submissions.

Winners of this year’s Carolina Prize Contest for Writing, sponsored by Franklin County Arts Council, will be recognized during the Launch Party. The contest winners are:

Poetry Contest

Poet Jaki Shelton Green judged poetry entries in this year’s Carolina Prize

Poetry Winner: Deer Crossing — Mark McAllister (p. 15)

Poetry Honorable Mentions:

  • Ariel Silk — Sylvia Freeman (p. 16)
  • A Sunday Morning in January — Leslie Waugh (p. 18)
  • The Final Confession of Sister Rose Patrick — Jane Mary Curran (p. 21)
  • Ruins of Riasc — Jane Mary Currand (p. 19)
  • Reunion Ritual — Joyce Compton Brown (p. 20)

Prose Contest

C. Hope Clark judged Prose entries for this year’s Carolina Prize.

Winner: Melanie Raskin — Frayed Edges (p. 1)

Prose Honorable Mentions:

  • The Mask — Ramona Scarborough (p. 6)
  • The New Garden — K.F. Whatley (p. 11)

Cover Art winner "Chair Facing Mountain" by Patricia Joynes

Cover Art Contest

Clina Polloni judged the Cover Art entries for this year’s Carolina Prize

Winner: Pat Joynes — Chair Facing Mountain (color cover)

 

More Information

For more information about the Franklin County Arts Council, headquartered in Louisburg, North Carolina, visit fcacarts.org. Follow FCAC on Facebook and Twitter for contests and events.

Note: The Writers’ Guild will begin accepting prose and poetry entries for the new year’s Carolina Prize for Writing Contest in January 2022. Entry deadline will be in March 2022.

 

Jackie Dove-Miller reading at the 2019 Launch Party. Source: Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC Writers' Guild
Jackie Dove-Miller reading at the 2019 Launch Party. Source: Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC Writers’ Guild

 

Ellen Queen at the 2019 Launch Party. Source: Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC Writers' Guild
Ellen Queen at the 2019 Launch Party. Source: Donna Campbell Smith, FCAC Writers’ Guild

 

Ed. Note: Article originally published November 15, 2021. Updated November 22.

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