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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.


Hats Off to Hilary Covil!

Hilary Covil's poem "In the Wilderness" was published in Oprelle Publications' Matter II Volume II.

Hats Off to Lori D. Johnson!

Lori D. Johnson's essay “Hattie Mae’s Harvest” is featured in the current issue of midnight & indigo, an online journal that celebrates Black women writers. “Hattie Mae’s Harvest” was also one of the non-fiction finalists in Charlotte Lit’s 2022 Lit/South Awards contest.

Hats Off to Sienna L.M.!

Sienna's first narrative essay, “Color Girl: Miss-Guided Blackness” is featured in the current issue (September 29) of midnight & indigo, a small publisher and literary journal that provides a space for Black women writers to share their narratives with the world. Her essay is a recollection of the things that have helped her to survive with bold emotions in a world where Black femininity is eye-catching in the wrong way.

As a Literary Artist, Sienna L. M., was recently named the winner of Sims Library of Poetry's first ever Bookmark Design Contest 2022.

Hats Off to Mary Alice Dixon!

Mary Alice Dixon's new poem '"Woman Transformed to Bird, Flower, and Song," appears in The Clayjar Review, Issue 2, 'Wise and Gentle,' a journal of writing devoted to crafting fresh "bridges" to the Divine.

Hats Off to Bob Slentz-Kesler!

Bob Slentz-Kesler's short story "Vintage 31" has been published by All About Jazz.

Hats Off to Barbara Johnson!

Barbara Johnson has published her memoir A Head of Cabbage. She was the winner of the Jacobs/Jones African American Literary Prize in 2019 with "The Last Straw." an excerpt from her memoir.

Hats Off to Jeanne Julian!

Jeanne Julian did not win a prize--but she was one of 23 poets who reached the finalist stage out of 5,187 contestants in the 2022 Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Contest offered by Winning Writers. (Their 2023 contest is open for submissions now.) Learn more on Jeanne at her Facebook page and website.

Hats Off to Lee Stockdale!

Lee Stockdale was the 28 August guest of WordPlay, Asheville FM 103.3, interviewed by Lockie Hunter, Jeff Davis, and Jacqui Castle, reading from and speaking about his debut collection, Gorilla, from Main Street Rag Publishing Company. You can listen to the archived show here.

Hats Off to Michael Brantley!

Museum of Americana published his essay "Homeplace" which is a chapter from his forthcoming book (Feb 2023), A Southern Season: Rural Stories. Learn more about Michael here.