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NCWN Members Abound in 2021 Pinesong Awards

Each year, the North Carolina Poetry Society sponsors the Pinesong Awards, awarding publication in the Pinesong anthology to the first place, second place, and honorable mention in each of the many categories. As North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green wrote, “It is both delightful and inspiring to read the breadth of literary genius that […]

Margaret Maron, RIP

“I knew from childhood that I wanted to write,” said Margaret Maron in her acceptance speech to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, in 2016, “and I felt that I had a facility for words, but I also felt that I had nothing to say. It was the mystery form that gave me freedom […]

NC Quarantine Literary Tour – Video Posted!

On Thursday, February 18, the North Carolina Literary Map, NC Literary Review, and the NC Writers’ Network hosted the online NC Quarantine Literary Tour: a mountains-to-sea virtual journey to fictional places created by some of the state’s most accomplished authors. The archived video of that event can be viewed here. The NC Quarantine Literary Tour […]

Triangle Area Freelancers Offering “TAF Talks” in Place of Write Now!

Typically in late spring, the Triangle Area Freelancers hold their annual Write Now! conference in Raleigh. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, TAF will not host an in-person conference. Instead, TAF will offer a series six moderated conversations, via Zoom, with prominent writers, editors, and other industry professionals under the banner “TAF Talks.” The […]

How to Sell Your Books and Support Indies

There’s an old saying that nothing sells books like more books. Meaning, the more books you publish, the more books you sell. When people read one of your books, hopefully they go back and read your earlier books. Here at the Network, it’s our policy to always link a book title to the book’s listing […]

SIBA Announces 2021 Southern Book Prize Winners

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance: ASHEVILLE: The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Southern Book Prize. The Prize, representing southern bookseller favorites from 2020, is awarded to “the best Southern book of the year” as nominated by Southern indie booksellers and voted on by […]

2021 PEN America Literary Award Finalists

Each year, the annual PEN America Literary Awards bestow $350,000 to a variety of books across genres. They’ve announced this year’s finalists. Categories include: PEN / Jean Stein Book Award – book-length work of any genre ($75K) PEN Open Book Award – book-length work of any genre by an author of color ($10K) PEN/Robert W. […]

You May Want to Check on Your Books on Amazon

By Charles Fiore It had been a while, years even, since I checked the status of my books on Amazon. When I finally took a look recently, I saw a lot of strange things. These oddities were easily resolved, but I thought it might be worth sharing what I found—and how I fixed it—in the […]

North Carolina Humanities Announces New Mission

From our friends at North Carolina Humanities: CHARLOTTE—North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit serving North Carolinians for nearly 50 years, today announced completion of a rebranding effort to reflect its dedication to bringing together people of every walk of life and sparking dialogue. The organization has shortened its name to North Carolina Humanities to […]

Poetry as Public Peace Offering in UNC’s Pit

On the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill is a sunken courtyard known affectionately as “The Pit.” A public ampitheatre of sorts, The Pit is used for impromptu performances, speeches, and more. Student organizations post notices on The Cube nearby. “Legend has it that you will see all of Carolina’s 30,000 students pass through The Pit within […]