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 Wiley Cash, The New York Times bestselling author of A Land More Kind than Home, This Dark Road to Mercy, and The Last Ballad, has been selected to receive the 2020 Conroy Legacy Award from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Created in honor of the example set by the beloved Southern author Pat Conroy, the Conroy Legacy Award recognizes writers who have achieved a lasting impact on their literary community, demonstrated support for independent bookstores both in their own communities and in general, created written work that focuses significantly on their home place, and supported other writers, especially new and emerging writers.


Hats Off! to James J. Hatfield whose short story "Paper Scissors" was published as the featured Sunday Story for Vol. 1 Brooklyn. Also, his short story "Soviet Muffin" was published by Chaleur Press and was the subject for an episode of The Close Read podcast. Finally, his very violent short story "Lugnut" was published in Barely South Review Volume 10.2, which features poetry from Kaveh Akbar.


Hats Off! to Tom Wood who has three pieces in Words on Water, a collection of water-themed short fiction and poetry, from the Harpeth River Writers. One remembers "A Night at the Beach"; another, about someone trying to find water, is titled "Drink in the Desert"; and a third, "Remembrances," features a poem from his uncle, Dr. William Wood, about time he spent with Tom's father (Tom Sr.) at the family farm near Elkin in the 1930s. Also, the nine HRW members combined their talents when each wrote a different character for a chain story called "The Many Names of Jillyn," about a murder at the 25th high school reunion (Franklin High School). Finally, Tom has a recent piece in The Nashville Ledger on cold-case private investigator Sheila Wysocki, one of "the most fascinating people (he's) ever interviewed."


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