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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 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."


Hats Off! to Maren O. Mitchell who has had poems accepted by the following publications: Comstock Review published "Appalachian Come Home" (Spring/Summer, 2019); Tar River Poetry will publish "Church of the Moment" in their fall issue; Poetry East took "R" for Poetry East 97 (Fall, 2019); and Chiron Review will publish "W" in a future issue.


Hats Off! to Andrew K. Clark whose essay "A Church for All" was recently published by The Wrath Bearing Tree. The piece is about a tiny church his grandfather built near Weaverville, North Carolina, in the 1980s. "He would often talk to me about the church, and how he built it for sinners. 'Drunks and whores' are welcome to the church, he’d say, and 'no one can judge them or look down their long noses at them.' He was proud they could come to the church anytime they wanted, as the church was open twenty-four hours a day. The lights inside and outside of the church were always on, and my grandmother, Christina Clark, decorated the church with a nativity scene each Christmas."


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