Hats Off! to those NCWN members who claimed First Prize in the 2018 Adult Contests sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society. NCWN Vice President of the Board Paul Jones of Chapel Hill won two contests: the Joanna Catherine Scott Award for his poem "Start the Game" and the Mary Ruffin Poole American Heritage Award for his poem "Where I Come From." Ralph Earle of Apex also won two First Prizes: the Poetry of Courage Award for his poem "My Father Walks Out" and the Poetry of Witness Award for his poem "Bring Me Back the Change." Other winners include Lee Ann Gillen of Chattanooga, TN, whose poem "Birth to Death" won the Caldwell Nixon Jr. Award; Sharon Howard of Boone whose poem "Hatchback Love" won the Katherine Kennedy McIntyre Light Verse Award; and to the many NCWN members whose poems were finalists...congratulations all!