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Hats Off!

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 Tina Barr who won the 2017 Barrow Street Book Prize for her forthcoming poetry collection, Green Target. The book focuses on the self as target, on the way in which we target the Other, and on the Earth as target. It opens outward in concentric circles, to other cultures and histories. It includes a sequence of ekphrastic poems on the target paintings of Jasper Johns. The contest judge was Patricia Spears Jones.


Hats Off! to the winners of the 2017 Faulkner-Wisdom Competition, including Heather Bell Adams for The Disappearance of Audrey Thorpe (Semi-Finalist, Novel-in-Progress); Wim Coleman and Pat Perrin for Thing of Darkness (Semi-Finalist, Novel-in-Progress); Mark Havlik for "Camelot Redux" and "Testament" (Semi-Finalists, Short Story); Leslie Tall Manning for Feral Maril and Her Little Brother Carol (Semi-Finalist, Novel) and The Sunny Side of the Street (Semi-Finalist, Novel-in-Progress); and NCWN trustee Brian Ward Zimmerman for Parting (Finalist, Novel) and "Losing My Religion" (Semi-Finalist, Short Story).


Hats Off! to Joan Leotta who won Third Place in the Dancing Poetry Contest for her poem "Carolina Jessamine." She also took First Place in Brunswick County for her poem "Quilt" in the Senior Olympics and received the Bronze Medal at the state level. Joan was Runner-Up in the Lawyerist Magazine Short Story Contest for "Fish out of Water," and Betty Fedora wil publish another mystery short story by Joan, "The Dying Season." Another mystery short, "Who is Bringing the Ravioli?", appears in Mystery Tribune. Many of her poems appear or are forthcoming in Brass Bell, Snapdragon, and Ekphrastic Press. She was also selected to be a featured performer at the North Carolina Storytelling Festival in Mt. Airy on November 3 and 4.


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