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Anne Clinard BarnhillNORTH CAROLINA--The North Carolina Writers’ Network is still accepting submissions for its annual Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition and its annual Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. Deadlines are January 16 and January 30, respectively.

The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Southern Cultures magazine. This contest is administered by the creative writing program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. This prize is administered by poet Anthony S. Abbott, the Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of English at Davidson College in Davidson, NC.

Josephine HumphreysAnne Clinard Barnhill (What You Long For) will serve as final judge for the Rose Post Nonfiction Competition. Josephine Humphreys (Dreams of Sleep) will judge the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize.

For more information, including submission guidelines, to the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, click here. For more information on the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, click here.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit



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Josephine HumphreysNORTH CAROLINA—The North Carolina Writers' Network is now accepting submissions for the 2012 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. This annual award is administered by poet Anthony S. Abbott, the Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of English at Davidson College in Davidson, NC.

The Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. The postmark deadline is January 30, 2012.

Acclaimed author Josephine Humphreys will serve as the final judge. Humphreys is a recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of Dreams of Sleep (winner of the 1985 Ernest Hemingway Award for first fiction), Rich in Love, The Fireman's Fair, and Nowhere Else on Earth. She lives with her husband on Sullivan's Island, near Charleston, South Carolina.

The 2012 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize
Postmark deadline: January 30 (annual)
Submissions accepted: December 1 – January 30

Eligibility and Guidelines:


  • The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication.
  • Submit two copies of an unpublished fiction manuscript not to exceed 12 double-spaced pages (1" margins, 12-pt. font).
  • Author's name should not appear on manuscripts. Instead, include a separate cover sheet with name, address, phone number, e-mail address, word count, and manuscript title.
  • An entry fee must accompany the manuscript: $15 for NCWN members, $25 for nonmembers. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network.
  • You may pay the member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
  • Entries will not be returned.
  • The winner is announced each April.


Send submission to:

Professor Anthony S. Abbott
PO Box 7096
Davidson College
Davidson, NC 28035

2011 saw the highest number of submissions in the history of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. Winner Kristin Fitzpatrick of Alameda, California, took home the $1,000 purse.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit

Hats Off! to Paul W. Valentine. Kirkus Reviews says of his book The Road to Goshen Shoals: ". . . [T]he characters are well-rounded, and Valentine is wonderfully committed to the language and landscape of the South."

Hats Off! to Gordon Ball who won First Prize in Flash Fiction in the annual San Antonio Writers’ Guild contest for his short story “The Breaking."

Hats Off! to Nancy Peacock whose novel, The Life & Times of Persimmon Wilson, has been named Winner of the Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book of 2013.

Hats Off! to Sally Stewart Mohney whose poetry chapbook, A Piece of Calm, will be published in March, 2014, by Finishing Line Press.

Hats Off! to The Sea Quills, NCWN regional representatives for the Cape Fear Coast, whose chapbook interlude was published by Southern Salon Press in November, 2013. It is available at Pomegranate Books, Two Sisters Bookery, and Old Books on Front Street.

Hats Off! to Henry Tonn who received a Pushcart Prize nomination for his essay "My History of Racism," published by the Apeiron Review.

Hats Off! to Lucia Robinson whose two poems, written under the pen name Ellae Lawton, appeared in the November issue of Wild Goose Poetry Review.

Hats Off! to Jeanmarie Meadowcroft whose excerpt from her novel in progress, In That Quiet Earth, was published in the Summer 2013 issue of Cedars literary magazine.

Hats Off! to Joan Leotta who performed stories for El Dia De Los Muertos (original adaptations of folktales) at the Myrtle Beach Art Museum. Joan was also a featured seminar presenter/performer for the North Carolina School Media Association in Winston-Salem, and her poem "Stages of Grief" was published by When Women Waken.

Hats Off! to Mary Kaye Hester who received an Honorable Mention in the WHQR Homemade Holiday Shorts 2013 Story Contest for her memoir "Oh! Christmas Tree."

Hats Off! to Jeanne Gore whose devotional “All Saints Day” appeared in The Upper Room November/December issue. The Upper Room is translated into thirty-five languages and is distributed internationally to over 100 countries.

Hats Off! to Edith Edwards whose story "The Shortest Match" was selected as a finalist in the WHQR Homemade Holiday Shorts 2013 Story Contest. Also, she was interviewed by ATMC television and Ben Steelman for her new novella, Spy of Brunswick Town.

Hats Off! to Mebane Boyd whose essay "Kurisumasu" was selected for this year's WHQR Homemade Holiday Shorts Story Contest.

Hats Off! to Elly Bookman whose poem "Las Vegas, 1981" was published in the Valparaiso Poetry Review.

Hats Off! to Sheila Boneham whose novel Drop Dead on Recall (Animals in Focus Mystery #1, Midnight Ink, 2012) has been selected as a fiction finalist in the annual writing competition of the Dog Writers Association of America. Three of Sheila's nonfiction books have won DWAA best book awards in their categories in the past (Breed Rescue (1998) and The Complete Idiot's Guide to Getting and Owning a Dog (1992) for General Interest books, and The Simple Guide to Labrador Retrievers for Single Breed Books), and three other books and a short story have been finalists in past years. The winners will be announced in February during the Westminster dog show weekend. Sheila's book The Money Bird (Animals in Focus Mystery #2) was released by Midnight Ink in September 2013.

Hats Off! to Erika Hoffman whose story "Valentine Resolution" will appear in the February issue of Screamin' Mamas.

Hats Off! to Sands Hetherington, author of the Night Buddies Adventures series of chapter books for kids, who placed as Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards in the category of Children's Fiction for his second book titled Night Buddies, Impostors, and One Far-Out Flying Machine. To date, the Night Buddies books have garnered four notable awards.

Hats Off! to Erika Hoffman, whose essay “What’s So Funny, Anyway?” will be published in the March edition of The Writer magazine. It will appear in the “Writing Essentials” department.

Hats Off! to Ross White whose poem "Creation" appears in Issue 10 of The Economy Magazine.

Hats Off! to Scott Owens and Ed Southern, both of whom contributed to The Shoe Burnin': Stories of Southern Soul (River's Edge Media). Ron Rash, author of Serena, among others, says, "This wonderful collection of stories, poems, and essays brilliantly confirms editor Joe Formichella’s belief that 'Any pair of shoes has a story to tell.' The Shoe Burnin’ is an absolute delight."

Hats Off! to Heather Bell Adams of Raleigh. Her story “New Moon” was the runner-up in the 2013 Fountainhead Bookstore Short Story Contest; her story “Becoming Jackie” won second place in the 2013 NC State Bar Fiction Contest; and her story “Green River Gorge” was a finalist for the 2013 NCSU Short Fiction Prize.

Hats Off! to Allan Gurganus whose new collection of novellas, Local Souls, was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2013 by the New York Times Book Review.

Hats Off! to Carol Roan whose short story "The Last of the Warners" won Second Place in the 10th Annual Literary Competition sponsored by the Arts Council of York County (Short Story).

. . . to Pat Riviere-Seel.  The Serial Killer's Daughter by Pat Riviere-Seel is the winner of the 2009 Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry. The poems arise from the life and execution of Velma Barfield, but are works of imagination that explore events primarily from the point of view of Velma's grown daughter. The award was presented on Nov. 14 in New Bern at the joint meeting of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Society and the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies.

OFinishing Line Press released Kermit Turner's  Sandy Ridge: Portrait of a Depression Family, a series of narrative poems depicting the struggles of a rural family in the NC Piedmont during The Great Depression.  The book may be purchased online at and on  Note:  An author photo and a photo of the book cover can be taken from the publisher's website:
Photos are also available from the author.

The News & Observer, North Raleigh News, printed this interview about Maureen Wartski recently. Here's the link:


to Anthony Abbott, whose recent collection, New & Selected Poems 1989 – 2009 , received recognition from the Oscar Arnold Young Award of the North Carolina Poetry Council and the Brockman-Campbell Award of the North Carolina Poetry Society.  New & Selected Poems 1989 - 2009 is available at bookstores everywhere and from Lorimer Press:


Hats Off! to Jason Mott, whose forthcoming debut novel, The Returned, is being developed as a TV drama series, to be produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, for ABC.


Hats Off! to Marianna Crane whose essay "Invisible" appears in the Examined Life Journal, Fall 2012 edition.


Hats Off! to Edith Pearlman, who has won Hadassah magazine's Harold U. Ribalow Prize, which honors an author who has created "an outstanding work of fiction on a Jewish theme," for Binocular Vision: New & Selected Stories (Lookout Books).

The panel of judges, who included Elie Wiesel, N. Scott Momaday, and Jonathan Freedman, praised Binocular Vision, which they said contains "thirty-four short stories that take place around the world and across time. Among the worlds she creates are those of tsarist Russia and modern Boston, London during the blitz and a post-World War II refugee camp, the humid interior of Central America and the coast of Maine."


Hats Off! to Patricia Smith, who poem, "Before Orphan Unearthed the Mirror," was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her poem was published in the most recent issue of The Asheville Poetry Review.


Hats Off! to Susan Seawolf Hayes, chosen as Adult Poet to be mentored by 2012 Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Ann Deagon. Serendipity: Susan's home, a tiny log cabin in the wilds surrounding Pleasant Garden, was built by Ann in the '80s as her writing studio.

Lynn Hawks won the fall Orlando Short Fiction Prize with A Room of Her Own Foundation. "The Flat and 
Weightless Tang-Filled Future."

Many thanks to NCWN for always being there for NC writers!

Sheila Boneham's book , The Multiple Cat Family, (TFH, 2009) has been awarded the Muse Medallion for Best Health and General Care book of the year by the Cat Writers' Association. The book also won a CWA Award of Excellence in this highly competitive category of the annual writing competition. Sheila's other two books about cats (2005 & 2008) have also won Awards of Excellence; the 2005 book also won a Muse, and the other was a finalist.

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