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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 those NCWN members who claimed First Prize in the 2018 Adult Contests sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society. NCWN Vice President of the Board Paul Jones of Chapel Hill won two contests: the Joanna Catherine Scott Award for his poem "Start the Game" and the Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage Award for his poem "Where I Come From." Ralph Earle of Apex also won two First Prizes: the Poetry of Courage Award for his poem "My Father Walks Out" and the Poetry of Witness Award for his poem "Bring Me Back the Change." Other winners include Lee Ann Gillen of Chattanooga, TN, whose poem "Birth to Death" won the Caldwell Nixon Jr. Award; Sharon Howard of Boone whose poem "Hatchback Love" won the Katherine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award; and to the many NCWN members whose poems were finalists...congratulations all!


Hats Off! to Anthony S. Abbott: the mayor of Davidson declared Sunday, April 8, "Anthony S. Abbott Day." The community celebrated at Main Street Books with the help of Charlotte Writers' Club - North. Tony read from several of his works, and was offered tributes from, among others, Diana Pinckney, Dede Wilson, and Irene Blair Honeycutt. Tony is the author of seven books of poetry, two novels, and four books of literary criticism. He is currently the Charles A. Dana Professor of English Emeritus at Davidson College. In 2015, he won the North Carolina Award for Literature, the highest civilian honor given by the state in recognition of his significant contributions in literature and public service.


Hats Off! to Darlene Cah of Polk County whose short story "Jesus in the Window" won the 2018 Hub City/Emrys Prize in Fiction. "The author of 'Jesus in the Window' builds a vivid and living world detail by closely observed detail and word by precisely chosen word," said final judge Tom McConnel. "We come to know not only a family but a community with a distinct culture and universal dreams. This story deserves to be read and enjoyed and remembered." The winner of the Hub City/Emrys Upstate Writing Prize receives a full scholarship to Hub City’s Writing in Place Conference, held annually at Wofford College. The contest, sponsored by the Hub City Writers Project and the Emrys Foundation, is open to adults in Greenville and Spartanburg counties, in South Carolina, and Polk County, NC. This is the first year that writers from Polk County have been eligible to enter.


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