Originally created 07/04/99

Arts council seeks original literary works



CALLING ALL SCRIBES -- The Greater Augusta Arts Council is seeking entries for the Sixth Annual Porter Fleming Writing Competition, which offers $5,600 in prizes in four categories.

Entries must be original unpublished works of nonfiction, poetry, drama or fiction.

The competition is open to writers in Georgia, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. The submission deadline is Aug. 2. There is a $10 entry fee.

Winners will be invited to participate in a literary program during the 1999 Arts in the Heart of Augusta festival Sept. 17-19.

For entry forms and guidelines, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the Greater Augusta Arts Council, Attention: Porter Fleming Writing Competition, P.O. Box 1776, Augusta, GA 30903. Call 826-4702.

FESTIVAL RANKED -- Speaking of Arts in the Heart, the multifaceted cultural festival sponsored by the Greater Augusta Arts Council has been designated one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society.

The Southeastern Tourism Society is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting, developing and marketing tourism in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina and South Carolina.

This year's festival will focus on the culture of Ireland, and the Irish American Heritage Society is the festival's featured ethnic organization.

CULTURAL SERIES SET -- The University of South Carolina Aiken has announced its 1999-2000 Cultural Series, which runs October through February at the university's Etherredge Center.

The Polish Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Oct. 29; the Jerusalem Trio Nov. 12; the Scholars of London Dec. 10; the Moscow Chamber Orchestra Jan. 15; the Martha Graham Dance Company Feb. 5; and the Hoagy Carmichael Centennial Celebration, honoring the musician who wrote Georgia On My Mind and Lazy River, on Feb. 17.

"These performances offer entertainment that is usually only offered in larger cities," said Marti Constantino, director of the Cultural Series. "The combination of the grand entertainment and cultural education is hard to find in small cities. All of the groups that will perform have an international reputation for excellent quality."

Season tickets, which cost $85 to $600, are available at the Etherredge Center box office. Call (803) 641-3305.

Kent Kimes covers arts and entertainment for The Augusta Chronicle. He can be reached at (706) 823-3626 or feature@augustachronicle.com.