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Monday, November 12, 2018

WMO-November 17

Writers’ Morning Out meets Saturday, November 17, 1:00 PM at
Greek Kouzina.  Come early and have lunch and discussions with other writers.


Is there a difference between a “multiple submission” and a “simultaneous submission?”
Are “first rights” better than “one-time rights?”
These are contract terms every writer should know.
We will look at these terms and definitions and see why writers need to understand them.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

WMO October 20

Writers’ Morning Out meets Saturday, October 20, 1:00 at Greek Kouzina in Pittsboro.

Our program is a fun one.  We call it Slush-Pile live. What is a Slush-Pile?  It’s that pile of unsolicited manuscripts on the desk of a publisher, who must read all these to determine if any are worth follow-up or should be rejected
We’re going to imitate that procedure.  Submit your work as directed below. Randomly submissions will be read to our panel of judges who are filling the role of publisher.
If the judges find fault they will explain why they voted to reject that submission, or why they think that submission has real promise.

If you want to participate here are the rules.
I page, typed, double-spaced.  Any genre.  No ID on page 1.
Name, of author and title of work on page 2.
FOUR COPIES.  One for the reader and three for the judges.
The reader will randomly select one and read it to the judges.

Writers’ Morning Out is sponsored by the North Carolina Writer’s Network.

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Literary Hall of Fame

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame 2018 Induction Ceremony
will be held at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities on
Sunday October 7, 2018 at 2:00 PM.

The Weymouth Center is at 555 East Connecticut Ave. in Southern Pines.

Free and open to the public.  To RSVP, please call (910)692-6261 or
E-mail to

The North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall 2018 Conference will be held at
Charlotte Hilton University Inn on November 2-4.

Register at: or (336)293.8844 or (919)308.3228.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Writers’ Morning Out

Due to the weather:


Thursday, August 16, 2018

Ultra Flash Fiction

The winning entry in our eight annual Ultra Flash Fiction contest is Pat Shipment.  He entry “Don’t” is published below.

I don’t talk much. They say I should. They say it is rude. They say I am strange, not right like them. They say they get scared when I don’t speak. I do not say mean things. I do not say at all. But if you talk, they learn who you are. The sounds tell them where you are if you talk. The words tell them what you think. Still is safe. Don’t speak. Don’t move. Hide.
Don’t look in their eyes. Eyes are knives. They can pierce your skull to your brain. They can cut out your heart. You can see them, a bit, if you keep your eyes down, but they can’t see you. If they can’t see you, they can’t kill you. Eyes shut. Gone. No one home.
Ears are good. You can hear where they are. But their noise is loud, too loud, too much, too close. I wish I could squish down my ears like a cat, to not hear. When they ask too much, when they are too loud, I put my hands on my ears. They don’t like it, they say. It is rude. It is weird. But if they don’t like my hands up, why are they so loud? Why do they ask and ask? Stop. Be still. Hush.
I hate it most of all when they touch me. I know when they are there, no need to touch. I breathe their warm air and smell their stink. I do not want their skin on my skin, their damp hands on mine, their smell on me.
Do not touch. Do not hold. Do not hug. No arms. Do not force. No, don’t. Let me go. I will hit. I will kick. I will bite. I will scream.
No! Don’t! Stop! Help!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Writer’s Morning Out


Pittsboro/Lee Writer’s Morning Out will meet Saturday, June 16, 1:00 PM at the Greek Kouzina.  Come early and have lunch with other writers. 

Where is the publishing industry headed? 

Lindsey Alexander, of the Reading List, a local editing and book production company, will share her thoughts on this and other questions you have about publishing.

Writer’s Morning Out is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Emerging Writers

CARY—The North Carolina Writers’ Network (NCWN) is proud to announce the creation of the Sally Buckner Emerging Writers’ Fellowship, in memory of one of North Carolina’s most beloved poets, editors, and educators.
This annual $500 fellowship will support an emerging North Carolina writer, between the ages 21-35, whose work shows promise of excellence and of commitment to a literary career. Each year, the fellowship will go to a writer working primarily in a designated genre (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or drama), with the genres rotating on a four-year cycle.
The inaugural 2019 Buckner Fellowship will support an emerging poet.
Applicants must be in the early stages of their careers and will not yet have achieved major recognition for their work. No specific academic background is required or preferred, but students enrolled in degree-granting programs are not eligible to appl
 In addition to the cash award, recipients will receive a complimentary one-year membership in NCWN, as well as scholarship aid to attend the Network’s annual Fall Conference.
To honor and carry on the lifelong generosity displayed by its namesake, the Buckner Fellowship will invite each recipient, during their award year, to help at least one other writer—by mentoring a less-experienced writer, by critiquing another’s work, by writing references or editing applications, or in whatever other way the recipient sees fit.
Applications will be accepted through from May 1 to June 30. Application is free for current NCWN members; for nonmembers, the application fee is $10. A committee appointed by NCWN will review all applications, and invite finalists for interviews with committee members. The fellowship winner will be announced and introduced at the Network’s Fall Conference, held this year in Charlotte, November 2-4.
For more information about the Sally Buckner Emerging Writers’ Fellowship and NCWN,, or contact Charles FioreNCWN Communications Director, at