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Fellowship of Southern Writers Award Winners

Possibly lost in the mayhem of the last two weeks: The Fellowship of Southern Writers has announced their 2020 award winners. North Carolina author Wiley Cash won the Hillsdale Award for Fiction. Cash is The New York Times bestselling author of three novels, including The Last Ballad, winner of the Southern Book Prize for Literary […]

2020 Kathryn Byer Prize in Poetry Winner

This winter, Western Carolina University sponsored the first annual LitFest Creative Writing Competition, awarding prizes in the categories of fiction, literary nonfiction, and poetry. The winner of this year’s Kathryn Byer Prize in Poetry was Rae Hanes for “How to Make Spaghetti.” “The poem is very clever,” said final judge Kevin Boyle, “a very nice […]

Relief Funding Now for the Arts

From our friends at ARTS North Carolina: As the Executive Director of Arts NC, I know this is an overwhelming time, and that there is much to learn and much to do. I implore you to use the information provided and to please do all of the crucial actions listed below as soon as possible. […]

NCWN: Vocationally Quarantined Since 2008

Many of us are now working from home for the “forseeable future,” although, as our Executive Director reminded the Network staff earlier this week, while much of the world was adjusting to the new realities of social isolation and virtual workspaces, for the North Carolina Writers’ Network, which has been a virtual workplace since 2008, […]

The Arts and COVID-19

By Wayne Martin, Executive Director, North Carolina Arts Council Dear Friends and Colleagues: The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging all North Carolinians to alter their lifestyles and radically change habits in order to arrest the spread of the virus. The arts and culture sectors in our state are heavily impacted as more and more artists, organizations, […]

Have You Always Wanted to Buy a Big 5 Publisher?

Now’s your chance! Simon & Schuster, one of the so-called “Big 5” New York publishing houses, has been put up for sale by its parent company, ViacomCBS. According to an article in The New York Times: ViacomCBS, announced (that), after a “strategic review,” the book publisher was no longer essential to its business and that […]

Linda-Marie Barrett Selected as Next SIBA Executive Director

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance: The Search Committee and Board of Directors of the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the selection of Linda-Marie Barrett as SIBA’s incoming Executive Director. She will step into the position on June 16, 2020, when the current Executive Director, Wanda Jewell, retires. “I’m […]

Coronavirus and Spring Conference

By NCWN Executive Director Ed Southern We intend to hold the 2020 Spring Conference as planned—as of right now. We are keeping a close and careful eye on the latest developments, though, and recognize that we may very well have to cancel the conference in the interest of public health. We recognize, too, that the […]

Join NCWN at Saga 2020 this Weekend

Everything we’re about to say is subject to change, so be sure to keep an eye on www.sagaconference.com for the latest. The North Carolina Writers’ Network is looking forward to exhibiting at this weekend’s Saga 2020 Conference, March 6-8, in Charlotte. Vincent Vezza, NCWN’s Cabarrus-Rowan Regional Rep, will be on-site Saturday and Sunday.  (Learn more […]

Accept No Substitutes

By Ed Southern, Execcutive Director, NCWN So an event called the “North Carolina Writing Workshop” is taking place in Charlotte on Saturday, April 18—the same day as our 2020 Spring Conference. Funny thing: this “NC Writing Workshop” was held on the same day as our Spring Conference last year, too. That’s fine. We don’t hold […]