Piedmont Laureate Program Issues Call for Novelists

News posted Jul. 27, 2017 - 3:13 pm

The Piedmont Laureate program is accepting applications from novelists for 2018. Authors must be residents of Wake, Durham, or Orange counties. The deadline to apply is Sept. 22, 2017 by 5 p.m.

The primary goal of the Piedmont Laureate program is "to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts throughout the Piedmont region." The program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing, enriching the lives of all our citizens.

The program focuses each year on a different literary form. The 2017 Piedmont Laureate is poet Mimi Herman; the 2016 Piedmont Laureate was mystery fiction author Katy Munger.

The 2018 Piedmont Laureate will be selected by a committee appointed by the sponsoring agencies. The Laureate will receive a stipend of $6,000 and serve for one year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018). Laureate activities will include presenting readings and workshops, encouraging creative writing, and promoting literature at public events.

The Piedmont Laureate 2018 program sponsors are the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County.

Additional information on the Piedmont Laureate program, including guidelines and the application form, is available at or on the websites of the sponsoring agencies.

The Office of Raleigh Arts supports and promotes the arts in Raleigh by administering the programs of the City of Raleigh Arts Commission and the City’s Public Art and Design Board, and supporting the Pullen and Sertoma arts centers. The Office of Raleigh Arts is part of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department.

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