A CAROLINA CHRISTMAS by The Pamlico Writers

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.


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


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

(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


Deborah H.

Doolittle: My Mother’s Rocky Road to Dublin (#1), Here

I am Laughing with Bears 
(#2), Elizabeth Bishop Attends to the

(#3)--(2016 Adult Poetry Competion~ First Place)

Diane de

Echeandia: Christmas Cards-Bah Humbug! (poem), Spring

(2015 Adult Poetry Competition~First Place)  

Polly Frank: My

Christmas Tree

Sarah Haglund: Pray

For Her 
(2016 High School Competition~ First Place Poetry)

Ted Harrison: In The

Same Country (recreation of Biblical story)


Lupton-Hollister: Lexie and Ethel, Season of Hope, and Three


Jeanne Julian: Allison’s

Adventures on Christmas Eve, Holiday Flotillia 

 James Keen: Christmas

Stocking Conversation
 (creative non-fiction)

Richard Knowles: Long,

Cold Road 
(2016 Adult Competion First Place Non-Fiction)

James Lupton: Christmas

 (creative non-fiction)


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


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


 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


2015 Pamlico

Writers Group Competition


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: 

Richard began writing after retiring, about six years ago. Since

then he has been a winner in a number of writing contests. He is a two-time

winner in both the Pamlico Writing Contest, and the Carteret Writers Contest.

This year he was also a winner in the Porter Fleming Literary Competition,

sponsored by the Morris Museum of Art in Augusta, Georgia. Richard’s favorite

genres are nonfiction and fiction. He currently resides and writes on Harkers

Island, with his wife Jill and Labradoodle Rosie.

Michaela has been

homeschooled from K-12, and has always loved writing. She is also voracious

reader, and has made her way through a list of "100 Books From Classic

Literature to Read Before You Die.”

In High School, Michaela

enjoyed volunteering and then working at her local children’s library. Other

activities include performing with Smiles and Frowns Children’s Theater, taking

her award winning research on Honey Bees to the North Carolina Science and

Engineering Fair, singing in church choir, and learning sign language with her

friends. She is currently pursuing a degree in Speech Therapy at BYU

Doris was born in

Rosenburg, Texas, but moved all over the United States and Canada as a child.

She moved to North Carolina in 1971 where she has spent most of her adult life.

She taught Theatre Arts at William Carey University in Hattiesburg,

Mississippi, and at North Carolina Central University in Durham. She has

written numerous articles for professional journals, a theatre textbook (The

Art and Craft of Stage Management
), and two novels (Borrowed Things and By

Way of Wate
r). She is currently working on another novel, The

Little Drummer Girl
, and a collection of short stories. Doris is an

artist/owner of the Lemonade Art Gallery in Washington, where she displays her

masks and jewelry.


Rock my

Words dorisschneider252.com


of the Pamlico Writers Conference Steering Committee.

Doris Schneider has been

the driving force behind the Pamlico Writers Conference since its inception.

She is an amazing, talented person and I'd like to share her story.

Me:  You have had

an interesting life from traveling as a child to your years in academia.

Juggling your life, work and leadership of the Pamlico Writers Conference; how

has your experience influenced your art? Your writing? Your leadership? How did

the conference come to be?

Doris Schneider:

My writing and my life seem to have “grow’d like Topsy”. I paused in this

writing to look that idiom up. It refers to a fictional character from Uncle

Tom’s Cabin 
by Harriet Beecher Stowe, and means something that grows

in spurts without design or intention.

That describes my first novel—something

that began as a real experience and then grew in plot and characters as it went

along, often without direction or control. It also describes my life which has

meandered across this continent, through the arts, and through relationships. The

only thing stable has been my love of family and of teaching.

After thirty-three years

as a professor of theatre in higher education, I retired and moved to

Washington with I ½ unedited novels on my computer. Writing had been my bridge

over the empty chasm I felt without teaching in my life. So the first thing I

did was join a journaling class to hone my writing skills, to make sense of my

past, and to meet other writers. I soon found myself writing longer pieces that

were often fiction rather than journal entries limited to my own experiences.

Somehow, a brochure about a literary symposium in New Bern found its way to my

mailbox. The event included a writing competition. So I rewrote two of my

favorite stories, one fiction and one non-fiction, and sent them in.

In the meantime, my

husband had knee replacement surgery with many medical mishaps that kept him in

bed for a month while I ran up and down the stairs, seeing to his every need. I

received a phone call that I was a winner in the competition, but they would

not tell me what place I had won or for which genre. My protective negative

side said, “probably honorable mention”.

I found someone to sit

with my husband while I attended the awards ceremony with a friend. It was held

at the Bank of the Arts and was a lovely affair. The spokesperson called the

names of the winners, beginning with poetry, then non-fiction, then fiction.

For each genre, the honorable mention, then third, then second, and finally

first place was called. When she started on non-fiction, I was ready to step

forward for my honorable mention. But my name was not called. With each level,

I was ready to step forward. Then she began with fiction and the same thing

occurred. My foot was raised and ready with the calling of each name. Finally, the

only category left was first place fiction. My friend and I looked at each

other in disbelief and for a moment I wondered if I had been phoned about being

a winner by mistake. Then my name was called.

I have heard my name

called before, and I have received awards before, but this was different. After

a month of nursing my husband, in a town where we were still new with few

friends, still recovering from the trauma of retirement, I needed this moment

of confidence-building in the new art form that had become my passion.

Encouraged, I joined the

Pamlico Writers Group (PWG) where I could focus on fiction and meet more

serious writers. After another year, the New Bern conference and competition

ended. Knowing how important that event had been to me, I wanted it to be an

accessible opportunity for other writers in eastern North Carolina. So I asked

Jim Keen, the leader of the PWG, about holding a conference in Washington. He

liked the idea, and I offered to talk to Joey Toler, the head of the Beaufort

County Arts Council, about helping us sponsor it. The Pamlico Writers

Conference and Competition was born.

As hosts of the event,

we could not participate in the competition, but we could recreate each year

that wonderful moment I had experienced and give to other writers the

encouragement and confidence to persevere and grow (like Topsy).

Behind the Curtain

(article in June PWG Newsletter by: SL Hollister & Doris Schneider)


Merry holds a BA and an

MA in English from Southern Methodist University. For fifteen years, she taught

at both the high school and university level. Then she discovered more people

wanted houses than grammar and switched to a career in real estate.

After retiring, she

returned to her love of words and began writing. She’s sold over a dozen short

stories to most of the major science fiction and fantasy magazines as Meredith

Simmons and currently has four historical romances available writing as Hannah


Merry lives in Wilson,

NC with her husband of nearly fifty years, Bob.

Sherri has been writing and dreaming since she was a young child. After they

raised six sons, her husband asked her what she was waiting for! With the help

of her friend, library supervisor Robina Norman, Sherri attended a couple of

Romantic Times Conventions. After winning the Ann Peach Scholarship for new

writers, she joined Romance Writers of America, Heart of Carolina, and Pamlico

Writers Group and began pursuing a career as a writer. Sherri writes romantic

suspense with southern grit and charm, set on the coast of North Carolina.

Facebook.com/sherri.hollister http://sherrilhollister.wordpress.com

Twitter @Jeanelia1964

Member of the Pamlico

Writers Conference Steering Committee

Manages the Facebook and

Twitter accounts for PWG

Present Pamlico Writers


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