Image Above: Previous Piedmont Laureates Jaki Shelton Green (2009), Zelda Lockhart (2010), Scott Huler (2011), Ian Finley (2012), John Bemis (2013), Carrie Knowles (2014), James Maxey (2015), Katy Munger (2016), Mimi Herman (2017), Nancy Peacock (2018), David Merconi (2019), Tamara Kissane (2020), and Kelly Starling Lyons (2021)
The Piedmont Laureate program is accepting applications from writers of fiction. Authors must be residents of Wake, Durham, or Orange counties. The deadline to apply is August 25, 2021, by midnight.
In the past, the fiction genre has been separated by application year for speculative, mystery, and “classic” fiction literature. This year, the program hopes to elevate explorations of fiction writing across all subgenres and welcomes writers of novels, short stories, and flash fiction to apply. The fiction writing should be created for an adult audience and emphasize the written form. The program is not accepting submissions for playwriting, screenwriting, poetry, and creative nonfiction for 2022 but these genres may be accepted in future years.
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 2021 Piedmont Laureate is children’s literature writer Kelly Starling Lyons, the 2020 Piedmont Laureate was dramatist and audio fiction writer Tamara Kissane.
The 2022 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, 2022). Laureate activities will include presenting readings and workshops, encouraging creative writing, and promoting literature in virtual and/or live environments.
The 2022 Piedmont Laureate program is sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County.
About City of Raleigh Arts Commission
The Arts Commission serves as the official advisory body and advocates for the arts to the City Council. The commission's goal is to connect Raleigh citizens to the arts and continually build the creative community for both residents and visitors.
About Durham Arts Council
Durham Arts Council, Inc. is a catalyst in the cultural development of Durham - it leads, inspires, and promotes excellence in and access to the creation, experience and active support of the arts for all the people of our community.
About Orange County Arts Commission
The Orange County Arts Commission, located in Hillsborough, is an agency of Orange County government. They work to develop the arts in Orange County, North Carolina, which includes the townships of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, & Hillsborough.
About United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County
The United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County provide various programs and services in addition to partnering with businesses, individuals, foundations and the government to raise funds and distribute grants to schools, arts organizations and local artists.