Eastern NC Writing Contest Winners Announced

RJ McCarthy at the 2016 reading and launch event. Source: Donna Campbell Smith.
RJ McCarthy at the 2016 reading and launch event. Source: Donna Campbell Smith.

By Donna Campbell Smith, Franklin County Arts Council

Winners of the 2016 Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers Guild “Carolina Prize for Writing” were announced Thursday night, December 8, 2016, at the guild’s launch party for their fourth issue of County Lines: A Literary Journal.

County Lines: A Literary Journal 2016.
County Lines: A Literary Journal 2016.

RJ “Bob” McCarthy was named winner for prose and read his short story “Honor.” McCarthy is a member of the Franklin County Arts Council. He lives in Henderson with his wife Susan and is author of three published novels.

Linda Riggins won the poetry division of the contest with her poem “A Past Present.” Linda lives in downtown Raleigh with her husband and their three children.

The judge, Ian Wolf, who is an English instructor at Louisburg College, also selected five Honorable Mention winners:

  • Joyce Compton Brown’s poem “My Cousin Gives Me a Wall Shelf”
  • Alice Osborn’s poem “Put some WD-40 on that Bad Boy”
  • Jeanne Julian’s poem “Elegy for Memory”
  • Sandi Fleming’s creative non-fiction story “Somewhere up North”
  • Jacques Cobb’s short story, “Breed- Reacquainted”

This year’s edition of County Lines: A Literary Journal has submissions from writers living in North Carolina, and from Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia. Copies are available for purchase at FCAC’s UpFront Gallery, 22 S Main Street, Franklinton NC. They can also be ordered from Amazon.com.

For more information about Franklin County Arts Council’s Writer’s Guild, email.

 

Linda Riggins. Source: Donna Campbell Smith.
Linda Riggins. Source: Donna Campbell Smith.

 

About Donna Campbell Smith 61 Articles
Donna Campbell Smith, an author based in Franklinton NC, worked in the horse industry for over thirty years as an instructor, trainer, breeder, and writer. She has an AAS Degree in Equine Technology from Martin Community College and is a certified riding instructor. Smith has written four non-fiction books on equine management: The Book of Donkeys, (The Lyons Press 2016) The Book of Miniature Horses (The Lyons Press 2005), The Book of Draft Horses (The Lyons Press 2007), and The Book of Mules (The Lyons Press 2009. All her books are available at Amazon.com or ask for them at a bookstore near you. Donna is a member of Franklin County Arts Council. Visit her website at www.donnacampbellsmith.com.