Hats Off! to Lee Zacharias who won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction for her 2018 novel Across the Great Lake. This is the second time she's won the award; she won in 1982 for her novel, Lessons. Awarded since 1953, The Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction recognizes the most significant work of original fiction writing published over the course of the last year by a North Carolina author. A replica of the statuette of Sir Walter Raleigh that crowns the master cup is usually given each year to the author or authors.