The Pamlico Writers Group is thrilled to announce the upcoming release of our 2016 anthology of short stories and poems written by our members with a section of award winning prose and poetry from our 2015 and 2016 competition winners.
A Carolina Christmas isn’t your traditional holiday feast of tinsel and sugar plums. While there is still a smattering of stars sprinkled through the pages and a little glitter and artificial snow lighting up a few plastic Santas, these stories are filled with more than ornaments and figgy pudding. From broken hearts to hopeful reunions, holiday anxiety to joyful tidings, the truest gift of Christmas is still found to be family, faith and friendship. But these stories are not fairy tales and every holiday is not Peace on Earth.
“Readers are in for a holiday treat with the 2016 Pamlico Writers Anthology with its Christmas theme.” ~Marni Graff, award-winning author of The Nora Tierney English Mysteries and The Trudy Genova Manhattan Mysteries
“A Carolina Christmas establishes itself as a holiday classic, a must read. The journey isn’t your typical holiday adventure.” ~Angela Beach Silverthorne, author of Depression Cookies, two-time silver medalist in Women’s Fiction and Chick Lit for Readers’ Favorite and Cries of Innocence, a five-star Contemporary Christian Fiction.
Author/Poets & Titles
Suzannah Lynn Cockerille: How I Can Be So Sure Santa is Real (creative non-fiction)
Jonathan Clayborne: Winter Finds the Cardinal (poem)
Jerry Cuthrell: Unsolicited (poem), Candles (poem)
Nancy Eure Cordano: Misfits of Christmas Eve
Anne Blyth Davis: Orbit (2015 High School Competition ~ Poetry First Place)
Pam Desloges: Christmas Chaos (poem)
Deborah H. Doolittle: My Mother’s Rocky Road to Dublin (#1), Here I am Laughing with Bears (#2), Elizabeth Bishop Attends to the Amarilli (#3)--(2016 Adult Poetry Competion~ First Place)
Diane de Echeandia: Christmas Cards-Bah Humbug! (poem), Spring Melt (2015 Adult Poetry Competition~First Place)
Polly Frank: My Christmas Tree (prose)
Sarah Haglund: Pray For Her (2016 High School Competition~ First Place Poetry)
Ted Harrison: In The Same Country (recreation of Biblical story)
Sherri Lupton-Hollister: Lexie and Ethel, Season of Hope, and Three Dresses (fiction)
Jeanne Julian: Allison’s Adventures on Christmas Eve, Holiday Flotillia (poem)
James Keen: Christmas Stocking Conversation (creative non-fiction)
Richard Knowles: Long, Cold Road (2016 Adult Competion First Place Non-Fiction)
James Lupton: Christmas Adventures (creative non-fiction)
Michaela Rappleyea: Rolling in Her Grave (2016 High School Competition~First Place Prose)
Doris Schneider: Innocence on Holiday (creative non-fiction), The Gift (creative non-fiction), and Christmas Confession (fiction)
Merry Simmons: The Naming of Things (2016 Adult Competition First Place Fiction)
Millie Johnson Sparks: The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Courtney Staton: A Letter From a Gifted Kid (2015 High School Competition ~ Prose First Place)
Allison Stuart: The Combination (2015 Adult Competition First Place Fiction)
K D Wilson: Forgetful Adjustments (fiction)
Michael Worthington: Ayden Racial Unrest (2015 Adult Competition First Place Non-Fiction)
The Pamlico Writers Group is from the Innerbanks of North Carolina, where the Tar and the Pamlico rivers meet in the town of little Washington. They’re housed just off the river in the old Turnage Theater, the oldest still-standing Burlesque Theater House still standing in North Carolina and home of the Arts of the Pamlico. The Pamlico Writers are a non-profit group and we affiliated with the Arts of the Pamlico.
The Turnage Theater stands on Main Street just one street over from the waterfront. The town of Washington is on the Inner Banks of North Carolina, where the Tar and Pamlico Rivers meet, just down the sound from the Atlantic Ocean. Forestry, watermen, and Military history are abundant in Washington and Beaufort County.
The Pamlico Writers Group hopes to use the funds generated by this anthology to assist in this, our fifth annual Pamlico Writers Conference March 17 and 18, 2017 with Keynote speaker Zelda Lockhart.
Pamlico Writers Group Officers/anthology organizers:
PWG chairperson: Sherri Lupton-Hollister in charge of planning, theme and media
Financial Director: James “Jim” Keen in charge of formatting anthology and setting up Submittable and Drop-Box
Programming Director: Kay Wilson assisted with all aspects of planning and media
Conference Director: Doris Schneider in charge of editing and cover planning
Member: Jeanne Julian assisted with editing
Member: Marni Graff marketing
2016 Pamlico Writers Competition Winners
(L to R) James Kelley, Michaela Rappleyea, Michael Worthington, Merry Simmons, Marty Silverthorne (in front), Richard Knowles, Sarah Swan, Deborah Doolittle, Jack Fay.2016 Winners of the Pamlico Writers Competition photo taken at the back of the Turnage Theater after the 2016 Pamlico Writers Conference. Photo taken by Sherri Lupton-Hollister
Pamlico Writers Competition is an annual juried writing contest featuring adult and student authors. Started in 2013, the current event featured adult contests in Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and student contests in Prose and Poetry. First, Second, and Honorary Mention Cash Prizes were awarded in the Adult competition while a cash student scholarship was awarded in each student contest.
(L to R) Nancy Clark, Alison Stuart, Kayla Wyrick, Courtney Staton, Polly Frank, Diane De Echeandia, Debra Kornegay, Michael Worthington, Anne Blythe Davis.
Heather Bell Adams and Lane Schroeder were not present.
Heather Bell Adams and Lane Schroeder were not present.
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Jeanne’s chapbook, Blossom and Loss, was published by Longleaf Press in 2015. Her poems have appeared in many journals, including Naugatuck River Review, Poetry Quarterly, Kakalak, Earth’s Daughters, and Spank the Carp, and are forthcoming two anthologies: The Well-Versed Reader and The Lascaux Prize 2016 Anthology. Her work also has won awards in competitions sponsored by The Comstock Review, The North Carolina Poetry Society, The Lanier Library, and the Asheville Writers’ Workshop. She was the featured photographer in moonShine review, Summer 2015. A graduate of Allegheny College, she has an MFA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is a member of the Neuse River Writers’ Group. www.jeannejulian.com
Assistant Editor for A Carolina Christmas
Jeanne met her publisher, Longleaf Press at the 2014 Pamlico Writers Conference Pitch to the Publisher event.
A Pamlico Writers Group member since 2008, Jim served as the second PWG Chairman. He wrote two newspaper columns chronicling his sailing adventures: “Nautical Musings,” a weekly column about coastal family adventures; and “In the Loop,” a bi-weekly column about circumnavigating the eastern United States on America’s 6,300-mile Great Loop. Jim’s book Trinidad Express is the story of his 5,300-mile doublehanded South Africa-to-Trinidad Atlantic Ocean sailboat crossing. His ebook, Log of S/V Irish Mist, chronicles his singlehanded 13-month trip on America’s Great Loop. Nautical Musings I and II are ebook anthologies of Jim’s newspaper articles.
Visit his author page at www.pamlicowritersgroup.org
Assistant Director of the Pamlico Writers Conference Steering Committee
Financial Director of the Pamlico Writers Group and Conference
Millie joined the Pamlico Writers Group in 2016. She is a part-time writer and a full-time librarian at Pitt Community College in Winterville, NC.
Kay Wilson wrote simple poetry before her best friend pushed her, kicking and screaming, into a mystery writing class at the local community college. From there she was hooked, learning all she could about the craft. She is an actress and has played numerous roles in community theatre productions (Encore Theatre - Elizabeth City; College of the Albemarle Coast Players - Elizabeth City; and Pamlico Playhouse - Washington), and believes it’s helped her see characters and their stories better. Ms Wilson is a member of two writer's groups (North Carolina Writers' Read - Belhaven and Pamlico Writers Group - Washington) both encourage and challenge her to improve her skills. She writes and manages a blog for the Pamlico Writers Group. She's also written several short stories and two novels which are in different stages of completion. K D Wilson writes Women's Fiction (Domestic & Romantic Suspense) and as yet has not been published.
Kay is the Programming Coordinator for the Pamlico Writers Group, she is also a member of the Pamlico Writers Conference Steering committee, writes the blog “Writing on the Pamlico” pamlicowritersgroup.wordpress.com, Facebook.com/writerkay
Thirty-year veteran of the education system, retired. Elizabeth City State University, North Carolina. Michael now writes full-time with his pug asleep on the footrest of his recliner.
His HI/Lo books are designed for reluctant young adult readers with high interest and low reading difficulty. You can find Michael’s books at Goodreads and Amazon.
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