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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 Patricia A. Schoch who was featured on WDIY 88.1 FM, an NPR affiliate in the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. Patricia's new book is The Prettiest House on the Block: A Revealing Story of Domestic Partner Abuse (Blue Heron Book Works, Allentown, PA). October is Domestic Partner Abuse Awareness Month.


Hats Off! to Ken Wetherington whose collection Santa Abella and Other Stories has been awarded the B.R.A.G Medallion from the Book Readers Appreciation Group. The stories tend to be introspective. Some have traditional endings, while others end with possibility rather than closure. A few highlights: a man searches for meaning in a remote Latin American village; a young girl spends a weekend with her movie star idol; college friends in 1970 agonize over the approaching military draft; two pals seek an unusual adventure in Las Vegas; a young couple’s household is upset by the unexpected appearance of an old college friend; a struggling guitar player finds himself in a relationship with a famous writer; a vulnerable widow is targeted by a mysterious cult.


Hats Off! to the many NCWN members who were honored in the Western NC Regional Poetry Competition sponsored by the Caldwell Arts Council. NCWN Regional Rep for Jackson County, Catherine Carter of Cullowhee, won First Place and $500 for her poem “When you tell me I’m being racist." NCWN Regional Rep for Swain County, Benjamin Cutler of Whittier, won Third Place and $150 for his poem “The River at World’s End.” Joyce Compton Brown of Troutman won Fifth Place and $75 for her poem "Figs." Honorable mentions included “Nocturnal Howl Before Compline” by Jenny Bates of Germanton; “Old Barn” by Les Brown of Troutman; “Prayer for a New Trail” by Bill Griffin of Elkin; and “Bluegills Take Part in the Creation of the World” by Carter and “September Sunset” by Cutler. Honorable mentions win $25. The final judge was Kari Gunter-Seymour, Poet Laureate of Ohio. The winners will read their works during a live Zoom presentation on Thursday, October 22 at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Email the Caldwell Arts Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the link to the zoom event.


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