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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 Candi Lavender who won First Prize for "The Cure" in Gemini Magazine's Short Story Contest. Candi won $1,000, and her story is printed in the September, 2020 issue.


Hats Off! to the Carolina African-American Writers' Collective whose anthology All the Songs We Sing was featured in Our State magazine by NC Poet Laureate and NC Literary Hall of Fame inductee Jaki Shelton Green. Also, the anthology was featured in Cultural Front. "All the Songs We Sing expands the translations of Black traditions and conditions for a broad public audience," says Jaki. "The featured poets, novelists, and essayists in the anthology are not restricted to the borders of North Carolina or any rural South. However, the fertile Carolina spit and sweat, soil, tobacco fields, coastal breezes, myth, and lore inform, define, orchestrate, and texturize syntax for many of these writers who claim North Carolina as home or ancestral 'homeplace.'"


It was a good day for the Ledger newspapers in Nashville, Knoxville, and Chattanooga at the 2020 State Press Awards sponsored by the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Press Association. Hats Off! to Tom Wood who won "Best Single Feature" for The Nashville Ledger and "Investigative Reporting" for the Hamilton County Herald in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and was among the team that won "Community Lifestyles" for The Tennessee Ledger in Knoxville, along with Nancy Henderson and Jim Meyers. The Ledger papers in Knoxville and Chattanooga papers won their divisions for general excellence.


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