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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 Bill Griffin of Elkin and Paul Jones of Chapel Hill who were two of the four winners of the 2020 Prime 53 Poem Summer Challenge. In the spring of 2019, Press 53 poetry editor Christopher Forrest and publisher Kevin Morgan Watson invented a new poetry form, the Prime 53 poem, which has a total of 53 syllables: three stanzas of three lines each with a syllable count of 7/5/3 and a final two line stanza with a syllable count of 5/3, for a total of 53 syllables. The stanzas must adhere to a rhyme pattern of a/b/a; c/d/c; e/f/e; g/g. Bill's poem is "Family Prime." Paul's poem is "One Red Maple."


Hats Off! to Cindy BrookshireKathy Ewers Bundy, and Sylvia Freeman, who received honorable mentions in the "Poetry" category of the Carolina Prize for Writing sponsored by the Franklin County Arts Council. Also, Cindy Brookshire won an honorable mention in the "Prose" category for her piece, "Sheet Cake." NCWN Trustee and Board Secretary Alice Osborn served as the final judge in poetry. The winning short stories, poems, and photographs will be featured in the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers’ Guild’s annual County Lines: A Literary Journal


Hats Off! to David J. Halperin who will be interviewed on WUNC 91.5 FM The State of Things with Frank Stasio on Tuesday, September 29, during the final segment of the hour (12:40-1:00 pm). David's new book is Intimate Alien: The Hidden Story of the UFO (Stanford University Press, 2020) explores how the power and fascination of the UFO has nothing to do with space travel or life on other planets. It's about us, our longings and terrors, and especially the greatest terror of all: the end of our existence.


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