New Bern Writers excel in Carteret Writers’ Competition

Stanley Trice and Suzannah Cockerille

Stanley Trice of New Bern, president of Carteret Writers, Inc., presents Suzannah Cockerille, of New Bern, with award at a recent event recognizing this year’s winners of the group’s annual writing contest.

Sixteen Cash Prizes Awarded from Nearly 100 Entries

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. –  Carteret Writers, a regional organization supporting writing and writers, named 16 contest winners at an awards dinner May 8.  The event took place at Southern Salt Seafood Co. and Waterfront Restaurant in Morehead City.

Professional writers serve as judges in the annual contest, and authorship of the entries is kept confidential throughout the process.

Stanley Trice of New Bern, president of Carteret Writers, said that the contest drew close to 100 entries in five categories this year.

“This year all our winners happened to be from North Carolina, though we often have entries and winners from other states,” Trice said.

Linda Burke and Stanley Trice

Stanley Trice of New Bern, president of Carteret Writers, Inc., presents Linda Burke of New Bern, with award at a recent event recognizing this year’s winners of the group’s annual writing contest.

New Bern writers were among the winners this year. Jennifer Ragan Gillenwater was awarded first place in the Fiction category. Linda Burke placed second in the Writing for Children category and third in the nonfiction category.  Suzannah Cockerille, a founding member of Nexus Poets of New Bern, won a third-place award in Poetry.

The 2019 winners and categories are as follows:

POETRY

1st Place       Meganne Smith                      Cedar Point, NC

2nd Place     Paloma Capanna                    Beaufort, NC

3rd Place      Suzannah Cockerille               New Bern, NC

HM               Sue Won                                 Williston, NC

FICTION

1st Place     Jennifer Ragan Gillenwater     New Bern, NC

2nd Place     Paloma Capanna                   Beaufort, NC

3rd Place     Deborah Doolittle                    Jacksonville, NC

HM              Judith H. Armento                    Cape Carteret, NC

NON-FICTION

1st Place       Alison Amorello Seibold        Maysville, NC

2nd Place     Carol Hartsoe                         Hubert, NC

3rd Place      Linda G. Burke                       New Bern, NC

HM               Joseph Mobley                       Swansboro, NC

FLASH FICTION

1st Place     Jo Ann Hoffman                     Beaufort, NC

*The judge declined to name a second and third place.

HM              Sharon Louise Howard          Boone, NC

WRITING FOR CHILDREN

1st Place     Veronica Krug                        Emerald Isle, NC

2nd Place    Linda G. Burke                       New Bern, NC

*The judge declined to name a third place or honorable mention.

Judges for the 2019 contest were Anna Lena Phillips, Castle Hayne, NC, Poetry; Anne Kaylor, Harrisburg, NC, Fiction; Randy Foster, New Bern, NC, Non-Fiction; Ron Jackson, Durham, NC, Flash Fiction; and Joan Y. Edwards, Pineville, NC, Writing for Children.  All judges have significant publications in their respective fields, and many are literary prize winners and finalists, as well as teachers and/or editors of journals, anthologies or journalism.

Chartered in 1983, Carteret Writers is a non-profit organization that seeks to promote  the art of writing, cultivate camaraderie among writers, and collaborate with other organizations to foster an  understanding and appreciation of writing and writers.  Membership is $30 per year and is open to both practicing writers and anyone interested in the art of writing.  To learn more about the organization and the contest, visit CarteretWriters.org or follow Carteret Writers on Facebook.

Submitted by: Jeanne Julian

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