2020 Piedmont Laureate Application

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County announce the opening of the application process for the position of Piedmont Laureate for 2020. Applications for the position are due October 7, 2019, by midnight.

The Piedmont Laureate program, co-sponsored by the City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, has as its primary goal “to promote awareness and heighten appreciation for excellence in the literary arts in 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 Piedmont Laureate will be appointed for one year and will offer the following activities in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties:

  • Present readings at designated public sites (libraries, arts centers, schools, universities, and other community gathering places);
  • Encourage creative writing for all age groups (by offering workshops or other types of outreach);
  • Promote literature at select public events;
  • Bring attention to literature in less traditional settings; and
  • Propose original activities to expand appreciation of the literary arts.

The Piedmont Laureate will be selected by a committee appointed by the sponsoring agencies. Each year the program will be open to writers creating work in a selected literary genre (poetry, novels, plays, etc.). For the 2020 cycle, applications will be accepted from writers of plays, musicals and screenplays (for film, television and video games).

The application process will be open to all writers residing in Wake, Durham, or Orange counties who meet the guideline criteria. Upon review of all applications, the finalist(s) will be invited to meet with the committee. Applicants will be notified in December. Announcement of the candidate selected will be made in January, 2020, and the Piedmont Laureate appointment will run from January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020.

The Piedmont Laureate must be 18 years of age or older and have been a resident of Wake, Durham, or Orange counties for at least one year. Candidates should plan on maintaining residency in Wake, Durham, or Orange counties for the duration of their appointment as Laureate.

Candidates will demonstrate:

  • Exemplary writing skill;
  • Significant body of published work or performed work;
  • Comfort with public presentation and interaction; and
  • Availability and willingness to travel in Wake, Durham, and Orange counties for scheduled readings,workshops, and other public events.

The Piedmont Laureate will receive an honorarium of $6,000 (distributed in two payments). Additionally, the Laureate will be recognized at various area events and receive media coverage related to the Laureate program.

Specific outreach activities for the Piedmont Laureate program, planned in conjunction with the sponsoring agencies, will reflect the program’s stated goals, including:

  • Public readings and other creative writing activities;
  • Participation at select public functions;
  • Media appearances (not to exceed 6); and
  • Creation of at least one (1) original activity to expand appreciation of literature.

Additionally, the Piedmont Laureate will be encouraged to offer suggestions for future projects that will inspire public engagement and support of the literary arts.

The following materials must be digitally submitted by midnight on the deadline date of October 7, 2019.

Completed application materials should be saved as a single PDF file and submitted via e-mail to Belva Parker at Belva.parker@raleighnc.gov

Single PDF should contain (in the following order):

  • Completed  2020 application form;
  • Letter of interest (1-2 pages) detailing how you would contribute as Piedmont Laureate based on the position description and the goals of the program;
  • Synopsis of submitted work, with character and scene breakdowns;
  • Text or photocopies of a twenty (20) page work sample from one (1) completed play or script professionally performed, publicly released as a digital work, film or video, and/or released as a published work, sized at 8.5 x 11 and clearly LEGIBLE. Work submitted must have been completed in the last five (5) years;
  • Resume;
  • Two (2) letters of support; and
  • Authors may submit (optional) up to 2 critical reviews of work.

The selection committee reserves the right to ask for additional information as needed.