19 October, 2016

A Carolina Christmas by The Pamlico Writers Book Tour!




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)


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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

2015 Pamlico Writers Group Competition

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.

Connect with the Group here: 


Pam grew up in the mountains of New Hampshire and spent much time on the rugged coast of Maine. After retiring from a small New England college, she lost interest in shoveling snow. She now lives in New Bern, NC, with her husband, Max. She has been published in the anthology Art Inspires Poetry, the blog Polly’s Tea Kettle, and a magazine for dog lovers, Sniff & Barkens. She is a member of the North Carolina Writers Network, the Pamlico Writers Group, and is a founding member of the Neuse River Writers’Group.  Find her work at: https://www.facebook.com/pamdesloges


Deborah has lived in lots of different places but now calls North Carolina home. She has a BA from the University of Colorado, an MA from George Washington University, an MFA from San Diego State University, and now teaches at Coastal Carolina Community College.   Two chapbooks, No Crazy Notions and That Echo, have won the Mary Belle Campbell and Long Leaf Press Award, respectively.  She has had more than 350 poems published in literary magazines, with some most recently having appeared or will soon appear in Atlanta Review, Bear Creek Haiku, Edge, Oberon, Pinyon, Seems and TAB: The Journal of Poetry and Poetics.  An avid print-maker, she has put together a small collection of hand-made limited edition book art. Married to a retired Marine, she has a son and a daughter and three grandchildren.   When not teaching or writing, she volunteers as a Wildlife Rehabilitator.  She and her husband currently share their house with four cats and a backyard full of birds.
Follow Deborah on Facebook at www.facebook.com/deborah.doolittle




Diane writes poetry, short stories, and creative non-fiction. She has won awards in competitions sponsored by Christopher Newport University's 30th Annual Writers' Conference, the North Carolina Writers’ Workshop in Asheville, and the Pamlico Writers Group. Diane lives in New Bern, NC, with her husband and basset hound. Diane can be found on Facebook.com/diane.deecheandia or follow her blog http://theskinnypoetryjournel.wordpress.com






Polly grew up in New Jersey and graduated from Duke University. She won a prize in the first writing contest she entered for her personal essay “The Small ‘c’.” Several careers, including nonprofit executive director and business owner, inform her writing. During 2014-2015 she wrote a weekly blog, Polly’s Tea Kettle, and her work has appeared in the anthology Art Inspires Poetry. She belongs to the Neuse River Writers’ Group, the Pamlico Writers Group, and the North Carolina Writers Network. She lives with her husband in eastern North Carolina, where they enjoy a vibrant arts community. www.facebook.com/pollyfrank67




Sarah Haglund
My name is Sarah Haglund. I love Jesus, music, running and writing poetry, short story's and music :)
Facebook.com/Sarah.haglund.549
Twitter @lifewithgreens






Ted’s work has been published by the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Main Street Rag Publishing and what he calls “some very small magazines”. After more than thirty years in television news as producer, anchor and correspondent, he considerers himself semi-retired.  He has been a bookseller, public affairs director and worked on a telephone hotline.






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