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North Carolina Literary ReviewThe North Carolina Writers' Network is now accepting submissions for three annual competitions. These contests offer members and non-members the chance to put their work in front of industry professionals around the state--fellow authors, publishers, and editors--and gain recognition that will further their career. But the postmark deadlines are fast approaching, so the time to submit is now.

January 17 marks the deadline for the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, which encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction work that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $300, $200, and $100 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Southern Cultures magazine. Award-winning author Anne Clinard Barnhill will be the final judge.

January 30 is the deadline for the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize honoring internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. Acclaimed author Josephine Humphreys will serve as the final judge.

Josephine HumphreysFinally, the Network is accepting submissions for the Doris Betts Fiction Prize. This competition honors acclaimed author and North Carolina native Doris Betts. The prize awards the first-place winner $250 and publication in the North Carolina Literary Review. Finalists will also be considered for publication in NCLR. The postmark deadline is February 15.

The distinguished judges are a large part of what makes these competitions so prestigious. Anne Clinard Barnhill, who will judge the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, has signed a two-book deal with St. Martin's Press. Her debut novel, At the Mercy of the Queen, was published in January, 2012. Her poetry chapbook, Coal, Baby, will also appear in early 2012 from Finishing Line Press. She is the author of two books: What You Long For (Main Street Rag, 2009—short-story collection) and At Home in the Land of Oz: Autism, My Sister, and Me (Jessica Kingsley, 2007—memoir). Her articles and short stories have appeared in a variety of newspapers, literary anthologies, and magazines. Her work has won various awards and grants.

Anne Clinard BarnhillJosephine Humphreys, final judge of the Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, is a recipient of an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. She is the author of Dreams of Sleep (winner of the 1985 Ernest Hemingway Award for first fiction), Rich in Love, The Fireman's Fair, and Nowhere Else on Earth.

The North Carolina Literary Review, which will choose the winner and finalists for the Doris Betts Fiction Prize, is entering its twentieth year of publication and has been called "the state's literary journal of record."

For more information on all three contests, including submission guidelines. visit

Poet and editor Dan Albergotti, the winner of the 2005 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition, will judge this year’s Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition.

Submissions for this year’s Jarrell contest are now open, until the March 1 postmark deadline.

A graduate of the MFA program at UNC Greensboro and former poetry editor of The Greensboro Review, Albergotti currently teaches creative writing and literature courses and edits the online journal Waccamaw ( at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.  He is the author of The Boatloads (BOA Editions, 2008), selected by Edward Hirsch as the winner of the 2007 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize.  His poems have appeared in The Cincinnati Review, Shenandoah, The Southern Review, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Pushcart Prize XXXIII: Best of the Small Presses.

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition honors the work and legacy of the poet and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro for nearly eighteen years.

The contest accepts one-poem submissions.  The winner receives $200, publication in The Crucible literary journal, and an invitation to read his or her poetry at UNC Greensboro’s Founders Day activities.

The competition is administered by Terry L. Kennedy and the graduate program in creative writing at UNCG, and is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.  Questions may be directed to Kennedy at  Full guidelines are below.

Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition
Postmark deadline: March 1 (annual)

Eligibility and Guidelines

  • The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of the NC Writers’ Network.
  • Submissions should be one poem only (40-line limit).
  • Poem must be typed (single-spaced) and stapled in the left-hand corner.
  • Names should not appear on the poem but on a separate cover sheet along with address, phone number, and poem title.
  • Poem will not be returned. Include a self-addressed stamped envelope for a list of winners.
  • An entry fee must accompany the poem. Multiple submissions are accepted, one poem per entry fee: $10 for NCWN members, $15 for nonmembers. You may pay member entry fee if you join the NCWN with your submission. Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

The winner will be announced in May.

Send submissions, indicating name of competition, to:
Terry Kennedy
MFA Writing Program
3302 MHRA Building
UNC Greensboro
Greensboro, NC 27402-6170

Checks should be made payableto the North Carolina Writers’ Network.

Hats Off! to Linda Heuring whose short story "Without Goosebumps" appears in Rosebud, Issue 56.

Hats Off! to Mark J. Havlik whose poem “The Lamb" appears in issue number 68 of Kaleidoscope: Exploring the Experience of Disability through Literature and the Fine Arts. Unique to the field of disability studies, the publication has expressed the experiences of disability from the perspective of individuals, families, friends, caregivers, and healthcare professionals, among others, since 1979.

Hats Off! to Fuquay-Varina's Third Thursday Open Mic, which was featured in the Southwest Wake News. Led by Jan B. Parker, this event gathers professional and novice writers from all over the Triangle at 6:00 pm at the Stars Theater & Arts Center. There is a Featured Reader, and Open Mic participants read for five minutes each.

Hats Off! to Malinda Fillingim whose article "Riding Bikes to Church" has been selected for publication in Carolina Country.

Hats Off! to Jan B. Parker who has a short story in Voices From the Porch, a new anthology from Main Street Rag. She also has a short story in Writing Through Your Divorce: The Blog.

Hats Off! to Terri Kirby Erickson whose award-winning poem, "Angels of Death," from her forthcoming collection, A Lake of Light and Clouds, (which will be published by Press 53 in April), has been set to music by composer and Vice President of Education for the New York Philharmonic, Theodore Wiprud, as part of a cycle for soprano, on varied poems of life, death, and nature. Wiprud refers to the poem as, "a humorous take on mortality that sneaks up on you," from a book of poems that "opens from the everyday onto the profound."

Hats off! to Thomas Wolf, whose short story, “Boundaries,” winner of the 2011 Doris Betts Fiction Prize, was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and received “Special Mention” in the 2014 edition of Pushcart Prize XXXVIII: Best of the Small Presses.

Hats Off! to Margaret A. Harrell who will be having a reading/talk/signing event at the 2014 annual Gonzo Fest in Louisville, Kentucky, for her memoirs (Keep This Quiet! My Relationship with Hunter S. Thompson, Milton Klonsky, and Jan Mensaert AND Keep THIS Quiet Too!). Others presenters include William McKeen (Outlaw Journalist), Anita Thompson (The Gonzo Way), and legendary musician David Amram. Sony Pictures will debut the Ralph Steadman documentary For No Good Reason at the Louisville Palace Theatre during the GonzoFest, weeks before its national release.

Hats Off! to Malinda Fillingim whose story "Bathroom Blessings" has been accepted by Guideposts to be published in May, 2014.

Hats Off! to Charles "LC" Fiore, whose short story "The Trench Garden," was published by Ploughshares as part of their "Solos" series. also chose "The Trench Garden" for their exclusive Kindle Singles series. "The Trench Garden" can be purchased for $0.99 here.

Hats Off to Laurel Ferejohn whose flash memoir piece "Worrisome Thing" has been accepted by Quiddity International Literary Journal.

Hats Off! to Kim Church whose debut novel, Byrd (Dzanc Books, March 2014), has been named one of the top 20 to-read books of the year (David Abrams, The Quivering Pen). Set in North Carolina and points west, Byrd is the fragmented family history of a child given up for adoption.

Hats Off! to Jan B. Parker whose story "A New and Different Summer," an excerpt from her novel-in-progress, will be published by GERM magazine.

Hats Off! to Marilynn Barner Anselmi whose script, Found Objects, has been named a semi-finalist for the 2014 Eugene O'Neill Playwrights Conference. This is the third consecutive year her work has made it to the semi-finalist stage.

Hats Off! to Steve Cushman whose poetry manuscript In Training received an Honorable Mention in the first annual Lena M. Shull Book Contest from the North Carolina Poetry Society.

Hats Off! to Becky Gould Gibson whose manuscript Heading Home won the first annual Lena M. Shull Book Contest. The Lena Shull Book Contest was recently created by an endowment from the North Carolina Poetry Council. Gibson will receive $250 and 50 copies of her book, which will be published by Main Street Rag. The award will be presented to her on Poetry Day at Catawba Valley Community College in April 2014.

Hats Off! to Erika Hoffman who had two stories selected as finalists for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide. One is called “BUSY!,” and the other “Frenzied.” Both stories will be published in the anthology.

Hats Off! to Malinda Fillingim whose story "The Marine and I" was a finalist in the inaugural memoir writing contest sponsored by Salt, a Wilmington-based magazine. Also, her story "Lucy the Lunchroom Lady" was recently accepted for publication in Guideposts.

Hats Off! to Heather Adams, Caryn Sutorus, and Pam Van Dyk who received Honorable Mentions in the 2013 Fiction Contest sponsored by The Writers' Workshop.

Hats Off! to Erika Hoffman whose essay "Real Time" has been accepted by Mature Years. This is the ninth piece of hers they have taken.

Hats Off! to Malinda Fillingim whose story "Easter Bells" has been published in the Spring 2014 edition of Ideals, a publication of Guidepost.

Hats Off! to Tim Swink. The January issue of O.Henry Magazine is going to publish a chapter excerpt from his novel, Curing Time.

.... to Tony Brown. He  will have his short story, "A Once In A Lifetime Thing" published in Down in the Dirt magazine in April, 2011. "The Easter Gift" was published in the September 2010 issue of The Storyteller.

. . . to Jan B. Parker, who earned Second Place in the Methodist University 2011 Emerging Writers Contest as judged by Lorraine Lopez, and will read from her work, "Mayme," at the Southern Writers' Symposium on February 26. Please visit for more detailed information.

Publishers Weekly and BookList wrote favorable reviews of David Halperin's new book, Journal of a UFO Investigator. You can read these on David Halperin's website

Halperin will also be  doing a series of guest blogs for

Rachel Pollock's piece entitled, "Until Morale Improves" was included in the anthology, Confessions: Fact or Fiction?,  edited by Herta Feely.



Hats Off to Lookout Books, the literary imprint of the UNC-Wilmington's creative writing department. The imprint's debut novel, Binocular Vision: New & Selected Short Stories,  by Edith Pearlman, was featured on the cover of the New York Times Book Review's January 16 edition.



An excerpt from K. S. Crawford's historical novel, Keowee, was published in Wilderness House Literary Review, No. 5, Vol. 4 (

NCWN member Mary Lambeth Moore has published her first novel, Sleeping with Patty Hearst (, with Tigress Publishing.  Lee Smith says "I got completely swept up ... Moore is a natural storyteller with a great story to tell in this novel."  Mary, a native of Reidsville, NC who now lives in Raleigh, has been a member of the NCWN since our beginning.

NCWN member Bill Cissna’s second full-length play script, All About Faith, will have a public stage reading on January 28 at Theatre Alliance, Winston-Salem. His short script, Communication Gap, will be one of 10 produced in Evening of Short Plays #24 at the Greensboro Cultural Center, February 10-13.

Rebecca Clay Haynes published her first short story, As She Lay Dying, in the Fall 2010 Edition of The Binnacle, published by the University of Maine. (Unfortunately, the issue is not yet posted online, but the print version is available.)


Hats Off! to Terry L. Kennedy, who has a poem in the latest issue of Heavy Feather Review!


Hats Off! to Ross White, who has three new poems in BODY.


The Hendersonville Times-News reported that Susan Snowden’s new novel made Fountainhead Bookstore’s bestseller list for 2012. Although it came out in August, it captured spot No. 2 on the list. Here’s an excerpt from the Jan. 6 article: “In the No. 2 slot is another local author, Susan Snowden, with her debut novel Southern Fried Lies. Although Snowden has been published in many literary journals, this is her first novel. Through word-of-mouth alone, Southern Fried Lies quickly climbed the bestselling list, even beating out Fifty Shades of Grey." Susan has been a NCWN writer since 1996 when she moved to the mountains from Atlanta.


Hats Off! to William Wortman, Jr., of Statesville, who received an Honorable Mention in the 2012 Memoirs Contest sponsored by the Writers' Workshop.


Hats Off! to Megan M. Cutter, who announced the release of her new book, Ink in the Wheels: Stories to Make Love Roll, which she co-authored with S. Barton. Ink in the Wheels depicts the journey of an inter-ability married couple as they explore the courage and perseverance to thrive in a relationship. A Valentine’s Day Appreciation Event and Pre-Release Party will be held on Friday, February 8, at the Marbles Kid's Museum in Raleigh.


Hats Off! to Ruth Moose, who had a poem in Narrative Arts that was quilted and will hang in the National Institute of Health. She also placed a poem in O'Henry Magazine, Tar River, and a short story in Pine Straw. She has also won a top award in the St. Louis Jung Society competition.


Hats Off! to Malaika King Albrecht, whose poetry collection What the Trapeze Artist Trusts (Press 53) was praised by 2013 Oscar Arnold Young Award Final Judge Robert Lee Brewer. He said, “Albrecht invites the reader to join her on the poetic trapeze act she performs” but “is always there, ready to catch the reader before sending her off again.”


Hats Off! to Linda Heuring, whose short story, "Betty's Branch," was published in the September issue of 42 Magazine. Also, her short story, "One Chair Away," is in the fall issue of Concho River Review, and her story, "Bordering on Sainthood," is due out in Kestrel 29, which will be shipped to readers next week.


Hats Off! to Henry F. Tonn, whose essay-memoir “The French, and Being Odd,” has been accepted by the online lit mag Lowestoft Chronicles, to be published March 1.


Hats Off! to Tom Hooker, winner of the 2012 Fountainhead Bookstore Fiction Contest. He will read his winning story, "The Grand Child," on Saturday, January 19 at 5:00 pm at the Fountainhead Bookstore in Hendersonville. A reception will follow.


Hats Off! to Rosemary Royston, whose poetry appears in the current issue of Flycatcher: A Journal of Native Imagination. This is the inaugural issue of Flycatcher.


Hats Off! to Lookout Books and Edith Pearlman, whose collection, Binocular Vision: New and Selected Stories , was named a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.


Hats Off! to Ross White, who pulled off a Hat Trick in the 2011 Poetry Council of North Carolina Awards. His poem “Babies Hurtling Several Stories” won the Gladys Owings Hughes Heritage Award (free verse); his poem "“Facts about Early America” incorporated rhyming couplets to win the Charles Shull Award (traditional poetry); and his “Address to Monarchs” won the James Larkin Pearson Award (free verse).


Hats Off! to poets Alice Osborn and Jane Shlensky, who were both finalists in two award categories in the 2011 Poetry Council of North Carolina Awards. Alice placed Third in the Charles Shull (traditional poetry) category with her poem "Featured Reader," and received an Honorable Mention in the James Larkin Pearson (free verse) category for her poem, "The Lesbians Next Door." Meanwhile, Jane Shlensky placed Third in the Gladys Owings Hughes Heritage category (free verse) for her poem, "The Museum of Broken Things," and received an Honorable Mention in the Ellen Johnston-Hale category (humorous verse) for her poem, "Patience."


Hats Off! to four NCWN members who were finalists for the 2011 Oscar Arnold Young Award, sponsored by the Poetry Council of North Carolina. Katherine Soniat won for her book, The Swing Girl. Julie Suk was runner-up with her collection, Lie Down with Me. And honorable mentions went to Susan M. Lefler (Rendering the Bones) and Joanna Catherine Scott (An Innocent in the House of the Dead).


Hats Off! to Kim Boykin, whose fiction debut, The Wisdom of Hair, sold to Berkley for publication in the spring of 2013. Her novel tells the story of a young woman who escapes an impoverished background to find her calling "fixing" hair, and along the way discovers what real love is and what it isn't from a quirky community of lovable women.



Hats Off! to Katherine Soniat, who was named the recipient of this year’s Oscar Arnold Young Award for the best book of poetry from North Carolina for her collection entitled The Swing Girl, published by Louisiana State University Press.

. to Linda Beatrice Brown.  Her novel Black Angels has been honored as one of the Best of the Best Books of the Year 2009 by the Chicago Public Library. The notice reads: “The Chicago Public Library selects books that meet high standards of writing and illustration and that have a significant curriculum link. The Best of the Best list is presented in workshops to hundreds of public and school librarians from across Chicago, distributed to bookstores and put into wide release in the Chicago media.”  Brown is the Willa B. Player Distinguished Professor of the Humanities at Bennett College in Greensboro, NC.  Black Angels is published by Penguin Putnam; you can learn more at

Hat's Off to Joey Olschner and his poem, "The Long Horn" which is now online at The Dead Mule. This is his first and only epic which attempts its own Homeric Journey through the Carolina tapestry of time and space. More of his work may be seen and experienced at his blog,

... to Bill Griffin.  Kay Byer has kindly listed him as Poet of the Week with excerpts from  Snake
Den Ridge, a bestiary.  Please take a look  at her kind and generous comments .
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