NC Literary Hall of Fame




ASHEVILLE—Tommy Hays has joined the North Carolina Writers' Network Board of Trustees, effective immediately.

Tommy’s first middle grade novel, What I Came to Tell You, was chosen as a Fall 2013 Okra Pick by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) and was selected for the 2014 SIBA Book Award Long List as well as the American Booksellers 2014 ABC Best Books for Children Catalog. His novel The Pleasure Was Mine was a Finalist for the SIBA Fiction Award in 2006, and has been chosen for numerous community reads, including the "One City, One Book" program in Greensboro and the "Amazing Read" in Greenville, SC. The novel was read on National Public Radio’s Radio Reader and South Carolina ETVRadio’s Southern Read. His other adult novels are Sam’s Crossing, which has been recently re-released, and In the Family Way, winner of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award.

He is Executive Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program and Lecturer in the Master of Liberal Arts program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. He teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Murray State University. A member of the National Book Critics Circle, he received his BA in English from Furman University and graduated from the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. He lives in Asheville with his wife, Connie, and their children, Max and Ruth.

The Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC-Asheville administers the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize. The program offers opportunities for writers of all levels to join a supportive learning community in which their skills and talents can be explored, practiced, and forged under the careful eye of professional writers. The program is committed to providing the community with affordable university-level classes led by published writers and experienced teachers. Each course carries academic credit awarded through UNC-Asheville.

The North Carolina Writers' Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state. It provides education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write. The North Carolina Writers’ Network believes that writing is necessary both for self-expression and a healthy community, that well-written words can connect people across time and distance, and that the deeply satisfying experiences of writing and reading should be available to everyone.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit

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