Local Writers, Poets Gathered for the “County Lines: A Literary Journal” Launch Party

A section of the FCAC Writers Guild and other writers in the audience during the author readings portion of the County Lines: A Literary Journal sixth edition launch party. Photo: Kay Whatley
A section of the FCAC Writers Guild and other writers in the audience during the author readings portion of the County Lines: A Literary Journal sixth edition launch party. Photo: Kay Whatley

By Donna Campbell Smith

Members of the Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Writers Guild, along with contributing writers from surrounding areas, gathered at Vance Granville Community College the evening of Thursday, November 29, 2018, to celebrate the publication of their sixth edition of County Lines: A Literary Journal.

Writers and artists from across North Carolina, as well as South Carolina and Virginia, contributed writing and images for publication in the journal, many who have won awards for their works. The gathering took place at the Vance Granville Community College campus at 8100 NC 56 Hwy, Louisburg, North Carolina.

Ellen Queen, FCAC executive director, presented awards to the winners of the FCAC “Carolina Prize for Writing” to Sylvia Freeman, who lives in Durham, for the poetry division and to Judy Reed of Wake Forest for the prose division. Each winner received a check for $100. Winner of the cover art contest and a $25 honorarium was Patricia Joynes of Boone NC.

Contributors read one of their entries from the book. The program was followed by refreshments and a social hour. Kim Beall, who was book designer and a member of the editorial team, commented that she really enjoyed hearing the authors’ work being read in their own voices. It adds a whole new dimension. Those present to read were: Judy Reed, Kim Beall, Sylvia Freeman, Joyce Brown, T.C. Carter, Jackie Dove-Miller, Cindy Brookshire, Wendy Harder, Kim Hogan, and Donna Campbell Smith.

The editorial team included Kim, Jackie Dove-Miller, Kathy Bundy, Kay Whatley, and Donna Campbell Smith.

Judges for the writing contest were Beth Copeland for poetry and Sherry Torgent for prose. Ms. Torgent was present and commented that judging the prose entries was difficult because all of the entries were really good.

Copies of County Lines may be purchased at FCAC’s Main Street Gallery in Louisburg or one can order copies from Amazon at www.amazon.com/County-Lines-Literary-Journal-Vol-6/dp/1727390083.

Anyone wishing to join FCAC writers’ guild may email donnacampbellsmith@gmail.com. In addition to publishing County Lines, the group hosts an annual writers retreat, sponsors the FCAC Carolina Prize for Writing, and holds writer-oriented events year-round.

 

Ellen Queen of FCAC awarded the Carolina Prize for Writing to Poetry Winner Sylvia Freeman for her "Fontevraud Abbey" poem. Source: Franklin County Arts Council
Ellen Queen of FCAC awarded the Carolina Prize for Writing to Poetry Winner Sylvia Freeman for her “Fontevraud Abbey” poem. Source: Franklin County Arts Council

 

Ellen Queen of FCAC awarded the Carolina Prize for Writing to Prose Winner Judy Reed for her "June Magic" short story. Source: Franklin County Arts Council
Ellen Queen of FCAC awarded the Carolina Prize for Writing to Prose Winner Judy Reed for her “June Magic” short story. Source: Franklin County Arts Council

 

As the event began, writers and poets with entries in the Sixth Edition of County Lines: A Literary Journal, gathered to see the printed journal for the first time. Shown below, Donna Campbell Smith, TC Carter, and Sylvia Freeman check out all six editions at the FCAC sales table.

FCAC offered all editions of County Lines: A Literary Journal for sale during the sixth-edition launch party. Photo: Kay Whatley
FCAC offered all editions of County Lines: A Literary Journal for sale during the sixth-edition launch party. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

Refreshments and networking as attendees arrive for the launch party. Photo: Kay Whatley
Refreshments and networking as attendees arrive for the launch party. Photo: Kay Whatley

For some of the journal contributors, this was their first chance to meet face-to-face, with several (TC Carter, Cindy Brookshire, and a few others) traveling over an hour to take part in the Launch Party.

Jackie Dove-Miller and TC Carter discuss writing at the launch party. Photo: Kay Whatley
Jackie Dove-Miller and TC Carter discuss writing at the launch party. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

Part of the crowd at the launch party. Photo: Kay Whatley
Part of the crowd at the launch party. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

TC Carter, Cindy Brookshire, and Jackie Dove-Miller, converse while attendees network at the launch party. Photo: Kay Whatley
TC Carter, Cindy Brookshire, and Jackie Dove-Miller, converse while attendees network at the launch party. Photo: Kay Whatley

 

Journal copies sold during the event. Photo: Kay Whatley
Journal copies sold during the event. Photo: Kay Whatley

The full list of Carolina Prize for Writing contest winners are:

  • Poetry Winner: Sylvia Freeman’s “Fontevraud Abbey”.
  • Poetry Honorable Mentions:
    “Jazz Man” Becky Suzik
    “Miranda at the Rail” Cindy Brookshire
    “Running to Warm” Joyce Compton Brown
    “What the Tax Man Told About the Old Man in the Parking Lot” Joyce Compton Brown
    “Women in Black”  Kathryn Ewers Bundy
  • Prose Winner: Judy Reed’s “June Magic”
  • Prose Honorable Mentions:
    “Dead on Tuesday” TC Carter
    “The Crossing” Norah Moore
  • Winner of cover art contest: Patricia Joynes.

 

Source: Franklin County Arts Council

About Donna Campbell Smith 60 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.