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 Brenda Kay Ledford who won two gold medals, one for her essay and one for her short story, in the 2020 Cherokee / Clay County Senior Games & Silver Arts Literary Contest. The Cherokee/Clay County Senior Games & SilverArts organization was launched in 2007. Participants can compete in over forty athletic events and in more than thirty-five artistic categories.


Hats Off! to Peter Venable whose poem “Crab Nebula” won the Gold Medal in the Poetry category of the Piedmont Plus Senior Games/Silver Arts sponsored by the city of Winston-Salem. Also, his short story “Black Ankle Road” took home the Silver Medal in the Short Story category. Medals were awarded on June 25 with a drive-through ceremony at the Black Phillips Smith Government Center, where committee members and Recreation & Parks staff held congratulatory signs and took photos. All entries will be compiled into an anthology, available for $5 at the Black Phillips Smith Government Center.


Hats Off! to Betty Jammerson Reed whose book Soldiers in Petticoats (Westbow Press, 2019) received high marks from Kirkus Reviews. In this detailed account of the lives of three Christian educators and their impact on Appalachia, Reed "takes the time to detail the barriers that these outsider women faced and uses their stories to examine the hardships and often violent struggles in the communities they served, which included members of the Cherokee Nation, emancipated Black communities across the Reconstruction-era South, and the isolated, often illiterate white highlanders."


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