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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 Katie Winkler whose essay appears in Unbroken Circle: Stories of Cultural Diversity in the South (Bottom Dog Press), edited by Julia Watts and Larry Smith. "We are a people as varied as the Southern landscape, from the mountainsof Appalachia to the deltas of Mississippi to the skyscrapers of Atlanta," says Watts in the introduction. "We are urban and rural, old and young, poor and rich, and all points in between. We are all these things, plus more that don’t fit into neat categories. The voices in this collection represent some of the diverse voices of our region."


Hats Off! to Heather Bell Adams whose essay "Topaz" won Third Prize in the annual Carolina Woman Writing Contest. Heather wins a one-year membership with the North Carolina Writers' Network!


Hats Off! to Wim Coleman's new play The Shackles of Liberty will be performed by the University of Jacksonville Department of Drama on May 19 and 20. This workshop production and a $1,000 prize are the rewards of winning last year’s Southern Playwrights Competition, which was open to writers in thirteen states. The play was also a semifinalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s 2017 New Playwrights Conference; one of two finalists of 2015 Maxim Mazumdar New Play Competition; and a semifinalist for the 2016 Ashland New Plays Festival. The Shackles of Liberty is a fictionalized account of Thomas Jefferson’s last day in Paris. It focuses on his relationships with three women—his European lover Maria Cosway, his older daughter Martha (“Patsy”), and his young slave mistress Sally Hemings.


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