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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 NCWN Board President Margaret Dardess, author of the thriller Brutal Silence, who appeared on Who's Talking with D.G. Martin on 97.9 WCHL in Chapel Hill. "A page-turning thriller, Brutal Silence is filled with mystery, intrigue, and family secrets," says Michael Morris, author of Man in the Blue Moon. "With a plot that twists and turns, Margaret Dardess manages to entertain while also shining a spotlight on a growing plague in society: human trafficking." Proceeds from Brutal Silence benefit organizations that work heroically to combat human trafficking.


Hats Off! to Maria Elena Alonso-Sierra whose short-story collection The Fish Tank: and Other Short Stories received a great editorial review from NY Literary Magazine. "The Fish Tank is a gracefully-written, varied collection of entertaining, touching, suspenseful, and thought-provoking short stories. Maria Elena skillfully paints rich scenes and crafts interesting characters. Her prose is vivid and distinct. You will not want to miss this collection!"


Hats Off! to Suzanne Cottrell whose poem "Night Flash" appears in issue 259 ofThe Weekly Avocet (November 26, 2017).

Her poem "Frozen Discoveries" appears in the North Carolina's Best Emerging Poets Anthology, forthcoming from Z Publishing House. "In North Carolina's Best Emerging Poets, ninety up-and-coming poets have the chance to share their words, vision, and inspiration. Covering a wide array of topics ranging from love and heartbreak, family and friendship, the inherent beauty of nature, and so much more, these young talents will amaze you. Containing one poem per poet, this anthology is a compelling introduction to the great wordsmiths of tomorrow. This product is a paperback (softcover) book. Estimated arrival date for pre-orders is late December to early January."

Also, her poem "Not Enough Time" was published in the December issue of the online journal The MOON. The theme of the December issue was "Forgiveness/No irredeemable people."


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