Carnegie Center Winter/Spring 2023 Catalog

KY BLACK WRITERS COLLABORATIVE Black & Lit Book Club ONLINE • FREE January 9, 6– 7 pm: Gerald L. Coleman, On The Black Hand Side March 6, 6– 7 pm: DaMaris Hill, Breath Better Spent May 8, 6– 7 pm: Danni Quintos, Two Brown Dots

Hosted by Claudia Love Mair, Carnegie’s Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative (KBWC) Coordinator on Zoom, Black & Lit Book Club features new books by Black Kentucky writers. We will explore issues related to race and discuss the characters’ relationships, family, home life, dreams, and challenges. We’ll also study aspects of their writing, such as word choice, themes, character, plot, and setting. This book group will be open to KBWC members and anyone who wishes to attend. When possible, we will meet with the author. Each month, the first 25 registrants receive a free copy of the selected book. Sponsored by LexArts, SouthArts, WUKY, and the Kentucky Arts Council. Burn The Mic January 19, February 16, March 13, April 21, May 18 • FREE (no registration required) The KBWC invites poets of all ages and levels of experience to share their poems at this monthly event hosted by Jude C. McPherson, Carnegie’s Building Manager and KBWC Associate. These events are free and open to the public. Sponsored by, LexArts, SouthArts, WUKY, and the Kentucky Arts Council. See page 14 for more information.


General Contest Info: For contests with an entry fee, please use the registration link provided to submit a $10 reading fee per entry. Once you have registered, submit your entries via email to In the email, please include the writer’s name, address, email address, phone number, and date of birth; names and contact information should NOT appear on the manuscript itself. Entries must be received by submission deadlines listed. If you prefer to send your entry via snail mail, send to: [Contest Name], Carnegie Center, 251 West Second St., Lexington, KY 4050 7 . Please include a cover sheet with the required information and ensure postmark by submission deadline. Entries will be judged by qualified panels. Winners and finalists will be invited to read at public events—in-person and/or virtual—on the dates listed below. Harriet A. Rose Legacies Contest ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS: December 5–February 3, 2023 Writers (55 and up) are invited to submit poems, stories, essays, or memoirs drawn from their personal history. Manuscripts should be limited to 1,500 words (about five typed, double-spaced pages, which may include up to five poems). 1st Place–$100; 2nd Place–$50. Refer to general contest info for how to submit. Young Black Voices Writing Contest ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS: February 1–28, 2023 • FREE In recognition of Black History Month, the Carnegie Center is hosting the 3rd annual Young Black Voices Contest. We are accepting submissions from young Black creatives ages 13–19. Eligible entries include visual artwork or an original work of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry inspired by the prompt: Black Joy. The winners of the contest will receive the following: 1st Place–$100 VISA card, books, Carnegie swag; 2nd Place–$50 VISA card, books, Carnegie swag; and 3rd Place–$25 VISA card, books, Carnegie swag. All submissions will be published in an online flipbook. Send submissions to: Next Great Writers Contest ACCEPTING SUBMISSIONS: December 5, 2022–April 30, 2023 Writers are invited to submit manuscripts of fiction or nonfiction prose (up to 2,000 words) or poetry (up to five poems). 1st Place–$150; 2nd Place–$100. Refer to “General Contest Info” to learn how to submit a contest entry. A summer reading (date TBA) will be hosted for winners.


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