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 NCWN trustee Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle whose debut novel, Even As We Breathe (University of Kentucky Press, 2020), received a starred review in Publisher's Weekly. "Both an astonishing addition to WWII and Native American literature, this novel sings on every level."


Hats Off! to Joan Leotta whose poem "A New Decameron" appears in New Verse News (March, 2020). Also, her poems appear in Verse Virtual and The Ekphrastic Review (March, 2020), and The Strand Magazine published an essay on translator (of A. Camilleri) Stephen Sartarelli. Two additional poeems were accepted by When Women Write, with another published by the Ashmoleaon Museum in Oxford England.

Washington Independent Review of Books published two of Joan's book reviews. Gnashing Teeth ran "Mockingbird Morning," and Spillwords published “wound too tight," both flash fiction. A third piece of flash fiction, "Funeral Lunch," was accepted by Fly on the Wall.

Silver Birch published Joan's poems "Mask" and "Doorway," while Young Ravens accepted two poems about food.

Joan's story, "Books Transport Yu," won Second Prize in the April contest sponsored by Saturday Writers. Her essay "Dad’s Work Gloves" ran in June issue of Sasee; her mini-chapbook "Morning by Morning" was accepted by Origami Poems; and Verse Visual accepted one of her poems in June.

Saddlebag Dispatch reprinted her story, "Cottonwood Grove," in their July issue.

Hats Off! to Tom Wood who was interviewed, along with his writing partner, Michael J. Tucker, on Late Last Night Books hosted by Terra Ziporyn. Tom and Mike are both members of Harpeth River Writers. Their short story, "A Night on the Town," about two strangers whose paths cross on a fateful rideshare encounter, is their first collaboration. They previously worked together with seven other authors on the chain story, "The Many Names of Jillyn" that appears in the recent HRW anthology, Words on Water.


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