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NC Literary Hall of Fame



Hats Off! to Heather Bell Adams of Raleigh who placed twice in the 2013 Southern Literary Contest sponsored by the Union County Writers' Club: First Place in the poetry category for her poem entitled "Empty Space;" and Second Place in the short fiction category for her short story entitled "Green River Gorge."


Hats Off! to Katherine Crawford who writes a weekly parenting/outdoors/general life column for The Greenville News in Greenville, SC. It runs every Thursday.


Hats Off! to Joan Howard who had five poems published in The Eclectic Muse: A Poetry Journal, Volume 19, Christmas 2013.


Hats Off! to T.Q. Bernier who recently published her debut novel. Blood & Parcels begins in nineteenth-century France amid the stirrings of World War I and follows five generations of the powerful, somewhat underhanded Dusant family from France into the sultry heat of the Caribbean.


Hats Off! to Laurence Holden who has two poems in winter issue of Written River: Journal of Eco-Poetics.


Hats Off! to Laurence Holden whose poem "Death, at Night" won Second Place (Educator Category) in the Georgia Poetry Society's annual awards. Click here to listen to Laurence read his poem.


Hats Off! to Sheila Webster Boneham whose essay "The 'I' States" appears in the Winter Issue of The Museum of Americana: A Literary Review. Sheila also has blogged about the essay.


Hats Off! to Joan Howard whose poem "Exhaustion" appears in Miller's Pond Winter Edition 2014. She also has four poems in the anthology Red Fox Run published by Ridgeline Alliance.


Hats Off! to Katherine Scott Crawford whose debut historical novel Keowee Valley is the #1 e-Bestseller at Amazon in the categories of western, historical, and historical romance. Keowee Valley is set in the Revolutionary-era Carolinas and in the Cherokee country. Pat Conroy calls it, "A terrific first novel."


Hats Off! to Catherine Carter whose poem "The Wooly Adelgid" won the Still 2013 Poetry Contest award and was published in the Fall 2013 issue.


Hats Off! to Jack J. Prather who earned finalist honors and a $250 prize in the 2013 Pundit Contest at His reflections about the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John Fitzgerald Kennedy was one of 35 articles selected from 66,000 that were eligible for the contest. The judging panel included noted journalist and writer Eleanor Clift.


Hats Off! to Joseph Mills whose poetry chapbook Exit, Pursued by a Bear, was one of two winners in the 2013 November Pad Chapbook Challenge, sponsored by Writer's Digest. In Exit, Pursued By a Bear, Mills uses Shakespeare and stage directions to guide his poems while still trying to incorporate the November prompts.


Hats Off! to Alice Osborn whose poem "The Bear and the Maiden Fair" appears in Quantum Fairy Tales.


Hats Off! to Alice Osborn, whose poem "Southern Ice Storm" appears in GERM magazine.


Hats Off! to Sheila Webster Boneham whose book Drop Dead on Recall (Midnight Ink, 2012) has won the Maxwell Award for Fiction in the Dog Writers Association of America's annual competition. Three of Sheila's nonfiction books have won Maxwell's in the past.

Hats Off! to Tamra Wilson whose essay "Mayo's" will appear in the upcoming issue of The Nassau Review.

Hats Off to Joan Leotta whose short story "Cottonwood Grove" will be published by Western Trail Blazers as a single release with the option to anthologize it in the future.

Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose short story "Red Apron" won $100 in the 2013 Intergeneration Storytelling Contest. Her story "Rings" received a Certificate of Distinction from the same contest, sponsored by the Intergeneration Foundation.

Hats Off! to Erika Hoffman: she needs your vote! Her story "The Bucket List" is one of five finalists in a weekly writing contest sponsored by Midlife Collage. Go to to read and comment on the stories! Then vote for it in the Closing Argument section. It's an extremely close race, and voting ends at noon on Sunday, February 3. So get out the vote! Every vote counts.

 Hats Off! to Joseph Cavano, who is proud to announce that his baby, “The Widows Tale,” has been accepted for publication. It will appear later this year in the Press 53 anthology, Everywhere Stories: Fiction from a Small Planet. Editor Cliff Garstang received over 600 submissions. The author has just completed a new short story collection he hopes to have published sometime in 2014.

 Hats Off! to Kim Church of Raleigh, author of the debut novel Byrd, will be featured at the 20th annual Virginia Festival of the Book, produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. The Festival, which takes place March 19-23, is held in venues throughout Charlottesville and Albemarle County, VA, and is now the largest educational book event in the mid-Atlantic, drawing a cumulative annual attendance of more than 20,000.

Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose poem "Around the Round Oak Table" has been accepted by Fragrance, a British publication. She first heard about the call for submissions through the NCWN website.


. . . to Sandra Ann Winters, whose poem “Death of Alaska” won first prize and 1000 Euros in the Gregory O’Donoghue International Poetry Competition, sponsored by the Munster Literature Centre in Ireland.  The Centre flew her to Cork, Ireland, where she read her winning entry February 16 at the Cork Spring Literature Festival 2011.  Her poem will be published in the Irish poetry journal, Southword.  Announcement of her winning  entry can be found at the festival blog site: .

.... to Linda Rohrbough. Linda  has an iPhone App of her workshop “Pitch Your Book” and her first novel The Prophetess I: At Risk, both coming out in Spring of 2011.

. . . to Suzy Barile, Wake Tech Community College instructor, whose essay titled "Richard Caswell Swain 1837-1872" is included in Shannon, Illinois: 150 Years -- 1860-2010, published for the Illinois town's sesquicentennial celebration. Swain was one of the first physicians in the then-frontier town of Shannon and Barile's great-great uncle. She also is the author of Undaunted Heart: The True Story of a Southern Belle & a Yankee General (Eno 2009).

......David Rigsbee’s new chapbook The Pilot House, winner of the 2009 Black River Chapbook Contest, has just been published by Black Lawrence Press.  More information is available at


Hats Off! to Richard Krawiec, who has been asked to be on the Advisory Panel of Writing for Peace, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating empathy through education and creative writing in order to develop a foundation of compassion on which to build a more peaceful world.


Hats Off! to Gwenyfar Rohler, whose novella is serialized this year in Encore Magazine. Titled "Contract Killer: Memoirs of a Reluctant Reaper," the latest installment is here.


Hats Off! to Malinda Dunlap Fillingim, whose poem "Biscuits" has been selected by the Winston-Salem poetry project, Poetry in Plain Sight, for its March 2013 edition.


Hats Off! to Glenda Barrett, whose poem "Final Wish" was accepted by Barely South. Also, her essay "The French Harp" was accepted for Bread 'n Molasses.


Hats Off! to Valerie Nieman, whose poem "Live With It," published in the ...and Love... anthology edited by Richard Krawiec, has been accepted for the new Virgina Quarterly Review Instapoetry project. She's "jazzed to think of this poem visualized."


Hats off! to Carol Cooley, whose essay was chosen for a second volume anthology, Unruly Catholic Women Writers, Creative Responses to Catholicism. The essay collection will be published by SUNY Press. The release date is slated for November 2013.


Hats Off! to Kathryn Etters Lovatt of Camden, SC, who has been named SC Arts Commission's Prose Writer for 2013. This $5,000 grant is awared every other year.


Hats Off! to new author in town, Irene Menendez. Macaroni Ponytail, her first illustrated children's book, appeared in "New and Notable" by Ben Steelman of the Wilmington Star-News, and her first booksigning was held at Two Sisters Bookery in Wilmington with standing room only.



Hats Off! to LC Fiore and Richard Krawiec, who finished first and second respectively in the Winston-Salem Writers Ten-Minute Play Contest. Fiore's "The Pit" and Krawiec's "Disabilities" will be given a staged reading and a discussion, moderated by Nathan Ross Freeman, in late April.


Hats Off! to Lavonne Adams of Wilmington, whose new poem “Disparity,” appears in the Winter 2012 issue of CALYX: A Journal of Art and Literature by Women.

. . . to Sandra Adams.  Two poems by Sandra Ervin Adams, "Shame," and "Family of Man," appear online in the February 2010, Black History Month edition of The Dead Mule. Lisa Shearin. The next two books in Lisa's Raine Benares fantasy adventure series were sold to Anne Sowards at Ace Books by Kristin Nelson of the Nelson Literary Agency. Edwina Rooker. Her work "It Was All About 'The Circle'" won 2nd place in the nonfiction category of the 2007 Carteret Writers contest. Her poem "Billy Strayhorn" won Honorable Mention in the James Larkin Pearson Contest sponsored by The Poetry Council of North Carolina. Her World War II poem, "Lost Romance," appeared in the "Looking Back" anthology of Old Mountain Press.
..... to Susan Meyers. Her poetry book "Keep and Give Away" from USC Press has won the SIBA (Southern Independent Bookseller Alliance) award. Allan Jefferys, who is now writing a weekly column (Sundays) for the newspaper,The Pilot, which is published Sunday, Wednesday and Friday from Southern Pines, NC. Jefferys has written two novels and is a former New York, NY theatre critic. Katherine S. Crawford. Her historical novel Unto the Hills , won first place in the historical fiction category 2007 Paul Gillette Writing Contest, given by the Pikes Peak Writers' Conference. Crawford was also awarded a writers' residency in October 2007 to the Montana Artists Refuge. Brenda Kay Ledford. She received the 2007 Paul Green Multimedia Award from the North Carolina Society of Historians for her poetry chapbook, SHEW BIRD MOUNTAIN . It was published by Finishing Line Press. For more information, go to: Gerald Smith. His long essay, “The Pilgrim’s Procrastination,” in the current edition (Spring 2007) of The South Carolina Review. It appears in the section Republic of Letters and can be verified via this link Kathy Norcross Watts whose non-fiction short story "Goin’ Fishin’" was named the Linda Flowers Prize winner by the N.C. Humanities Council and was published in its October 2006 edition of NC Crossroads Dody Williams Her story "Baba" will be published in the February issue of Read This Magazine. Read This Magazine is a literary magazine associated with the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. The editor, Claire Askew, wrote the following about Dody's story: "We were very impressed by "Baba"- it was not only skillfully written but very moving-beautifully done, a gread read. I hope you'll continue writing, and maybe submit to us again in the future!" Charles Blackburn, Jr., of Raleigh, NC. a Former Writers' Network board  president, received the 2008 Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award for Literature from St. Andrews Presbyterian College. His band, When Cousins Marry, performed as part of the this reading at the event. The group recently released their debut CD, Shotgun Wedding , featuring 13 original songs. Visit for related details. Susan Barry Blair whose children’s book Adventure on the High Sea! A Family’s Sailing Voyage Across the Atlantic was the featured review in the November issue of MySchoolRocks magazine, which is distributed to all elementary students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg county. She also presented her story at this year’s North Carolina School Library Media Association Convention in Winston-Salem October 5th. Paula Offutt whose debut novel, Butch Girls Can Fix Anything, was released January 10th, 2007. The press release can be found on the publisher's website, Regal Crest Enterprises. Howard A. Goodman, whose short stories, "Husband" and "Déjà Vu" were selected for publication in Catfish Stew, the annual compilation of the South Carolina Writers’ Workshop. Maureen Sherbondy Her Poem "Laundry Rant" won the 2007 Hart Crane Memorial Award from Kent State University. Allison Adelle Hedge Coke. She has been appointed as the Distinguished and Endowed Paul and Clarice Reynolds Chair of English and Associate Professor of Poetry &Writing at the University of Nebraska, Kearney. Ann Barnhill. She currently has a poem online at Poetry Southeast and will have another in the spring, 2007 issue. Another poem has been accepted in the antholgy, Mourning Sickness, and an essay has been accepted for the anthology, A Quite Place. Chris Roerden, who won the internationally recognized Agatha Award for Best Nonfiction Book for Don't Murder Your Mystery It is also one of three finalists for the Macavity Award, given by Mystery Readers International, the largest organization of its kind in the world. Alice Owens Johnson . She is a finalist in the Hidden River Arts 2006 Awards for her short story "Mrs. Peacock Did it in the Conservatory." Eleanora E. Tate, whose eleventh book, Celeste's Harlem Renaissance was released by Little Brown Books for Young Readers and has sparked a well-received "Celeste's Walking Tour" of downtown Raleigh. Her short story, "Root Beer Sit-In" was published by Scholastic Storyworks Magazine earlier this year and her chapter book Front Porch Stories at the One-Room School , was reprinted by Just Us Books, Inc. Publishers in February. Nancy Williams. Her book The Agenda 21 Conspiracy won second place from the Southeastern Writers Association Conference.
... Zach Goodson had a short story, "Christmas Tree," published in Aries, Volume XXIII Winter 2007 - 2008, a publication of Southeastern Community College, Whiteville, NC. the Hawkins family. The Anna Wooten-Hawkings Graduate Award has been established at UNC-Greensboro to support the work of outstanding graduate creative writing students.
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