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Hats Off!

Good news from our members!

The North Carolina Writers' Network is happy to announce good news from our members. If you have had a piece published, won a prize in a competition, or received an award or honor for your writing, let us know and we'll post the news here. "Hats Off" announcements are available to members only. To post your item on the website, please click here.

Hats Off! to Catherine Carter whose poetry chapbook was selected as the winner in this year's Jacar Press competition. Joseph Millar was the Final Judge. "She has good diction and tone, a real subject and a great eye for the image, for the things of this world," Millar said. Carter teaches at Western Carolina University and has published two full-length poetry collections with LSU Press.


Hats Off! to Peggy Payne who shares her thoughts on Monica Lewinsky, the Immaculate Conception, and more in the Op-Ed, "A New Kind of Virginity," in The Washington Post. Payne is the author of three novels, including Cobalt Blue.


Hats Off! to Jim Tobalski whose story, “Musky-in-Law,” is featured in Not Your Mother’s Book…on Family, now out from Publishing Syndicate, containing sixty funny stories that confirm families aren’t always perfect. “Musky-in-law” details a fishing incident gone wrong during a leisurely boat trip across a lagoon with his late mother-in-law. While rowing on Lost Land Lake near Hayward, WI, a twilight bonding experience turned into a battle between fish, man, and mother-in-law. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tobalski worked thirty-seven years in healthcare communications and now lives retired in Charlotte. He also publishes a blog at where he parodies his relationship skills as a husband.


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