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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 Paul Jones!

“Talking in the Dark” appears in both January issues Walter (Raleigh) and in PineStraw (Southern Pines) with a different illustration in each magazine. Collect them all!
“Hell” is featured in the January issue of the The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Who knew that Dead Mules had their own School? Click here for previous Walter poems.

Hats Off to Maren O. Mitchell!

Maren O. Mitchell recently had poems featured in Tar River Poetry, Vol. 62, No. 1, Fall 2022, "I have no earth-shaking news, my friend Janice" and in POEM, November 2022 issue, "Black Is Not the Lack of Light" and "We are all stray cats." Her work was also featured in Twelve Mile Review, Vol. 2, No. 2, Fall/Winter 2022, "Hickory Tree."

The Lake, an online UK journal, January 2023 issue, "Quantum Beats" and "To My Husband in the Time of Covid-19."

Hats Off to Valerie Nieman!

Valerie Nieman’s latest novel, In the Lonely Backwater (Regal House 2022) received the 2022 Sir Walter Raleigh Award, the highest award for fiction by a North Carolina writer. She joins luminaries such as Reynolds Price, Lee Smith, Charles Frazier, and last year’s honoree, National Book Award winner Jason Mott. The presentation has been made annually since 1953 by the Historical Book Club, through the book awards program administered by the Office of Archives and History within the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Her book also won the Mystery/Suspense category of the American Writing Awards.

In the Lonely Backwater was also selected as an Official Pick of the International Pulpwood Queens and Timber Guys Book Club. It will be featured in July with an online book club on Tuesday and postings throughout the week.

Learn more about Val here.

Hats Off to Carole Boston Weatherford!

Her new Children's Picture Book, Birmingham, 1963 (out 1/23/2023) was listed in Essence magazine in December as 15 Books by Black Authors to Read This Winter. The book is "a poetic tribute to the victims of the racially motivated church bombing that served as a seminal event in the struggle for civil rights." Learn more about Carole's work here.

Hats Off to Stacy Wentworth!

Stacy Wentworth's essay, "Pink Crocs," was the non-fiction prize winner in Evocations fall contest. Addressing the contest theme of reproductive freedom, Stacy described her experience as an oncologist balancing cancer treatment in a newly pregnant breast cancer patient. 

Stacy first fiction submission, “New River Gorge”, is published in the January 2023 issue of DarkWinter Literary.

Hats Off to Robert Cramblitt!

Robert Cramblitt's short story, "Long Live Lenny Leftover" was published in Issue 10 of the Waxing and Waning Literary Journal. His book Probably Lives in Tahiti has earned 4.76 stars on Goodreads. Cramblitt's newest novel is scheduled for January 2023 release.

Hats Off to A.E. Hines!

Poet A.E. Hines had a poem "The Night The Lights Went Out In Moore County, North Carolina" on December 18 in Rattler. He wrote the poem in response to the December events in Moore County where a deliberate attack on a substation left residents without power for several days.

Hats Off to Brenda Kay Ledford!

Brenda Kay Ledford's poem, "Snow Cream," appeared on Written Tales website on Sunday, December 25. Her story, "Special Fashion Show," appears in the January/February, 2023 issue of Good Old Days Magazine.

Hats Off to Sienna Morgan!

Sienna Morgan is a 2022-2023 Artist Support Grantee made possible by The North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency through the Pitt County Arts Council at Emerge, spawning the authorship of her to-be-named, and to-be-released, debut prose-poetry chapbook collection.

Hats Off to Ken Chamlee!

Ken Chamlee's poem “Random Hours I Look at the Clock” was a finalist for the Rash Award in Poetry from Broad River Review and “A Pinch of Gray Fluff” was a semifinalist in the James Applewhite Poetry Prize from the North Carolina Literary Review. “What Falls Out” appeared in the 2022 Kakalak and “Dark Edge” appeared in the 2022 Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel. Tar River Poetry nominated “Counting My Daughter’s Boyfriends on One Hand” for the Pushcart Prize. Ken continues in 2023 as the western region Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for the North Carolina Poetry Society.