Franklin County Arts Council Annual Literary Journal Available for Purchase

County Lines: A Literary Journal is available via Amazon and the Franklin County Arts Council.
County Lines: A Literary Journal is available via Amazon and the Franklin County Arts Council.

The holiday season is upon us, which at Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) means the new year’s literary journal is on sale. This collection of prose, poetry, and art represents talented creators from across North Carolina and beyond.

Each Spring, the FCAC Writers Guild issues a call for submission. These works are then reviewed and judged, with the best – including Carolina Prize for Writing winners – included in the annual County Lines: A Literary Journal each December. The now available 2021 journal features short stories and poetry by more than 30 writers, interspersed with selected photographs and art.

While the annual Launch Party will not be held due to the pandemic, video readings are planned to allow County Lines 2021 contributors to showcase the contents of this Eighth Edition.

Winning submission to the Carolina Prize Contest for Writing, sponsored by Franklin County Arts Council, are included in the 2021 journal alongside accepted journal submissions. This year’s contest winning entries:

  • Poetry contest:
    • First Place: “Coyote on Wisconsin Highway 63” by Mark MacAllister
    • Honorable Mention: “Colored” by Cindy Brookshire
    • Honorable Mention: “Good Bones” by Kathy Ewers Bundy
    • Honorable Mention: “Listen” by Sylvia Freeman
    • Honorable Mention: “Sandy Point Beach” by Donna Campbell Smith
    • Honorable Mention: “61 Trees” by Mark McAllister
  • Prose contest:
    • First Place: “Walk With Me in Bennington” by Wendy Harder
    • Honorable Mention:  “The Stars Taste of Cardamom” by Cassandra Chambers Wagner
    • Honorable Mention: “How to Smile” by Kim Beall
    • Honorable Mention: “Her Best Friend Marcus” by Derek Odom
    • Honorable Mention: “Sheet Cake” by Cindy Brookshire
  • Cover art contest:
    • First Place: “Fence Lines” by Patricia Joynes (cover photograph)
    • Honorable Mention: Tammy Winkel (back cover)

The County Lines: A Literary Journal eighth edition paperback is available for purchase – just in time for holiday gift giving — on Amazon at

Starting in late December, copies of the journal will be available at the FCAC Gallery on the Hill, located at 99 S Bickett Blvd, Louisburg, NC, during business hours. Journal sales proceeds benefit FCAC writing+arts activities.

Information on the FCAC Writers Guild and annual contests may be found at


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