It takes courage to put your thoughts on paper. It takes more courage to submit those thoughts for public viewing. Congratulations to all who entered the Carrie McCray Memorial Literary Awards competition. The deadline for 2012 coincided with The Petigru Review deadline (March 1 – April 30) and the SCWW website was also given a major facelift around the same time. My apologies for anything left unsaid on the new website that may have caused confusion. Congratulations to the 2012 winners!
The 1st place winners receive a full scholarship to the October Conference (basic package, Friday night banquet included) and publication in The Petigu Review; 2nd place winners receive a free 30-page critique from a Conference faculty member, the Friday night banquet and publication in The Petigru Review.
Novel First Chapter: Mary Beth Gibson,1st place for Aroon, and James D. McAllister, 2nd place for Fellow Traveler
Short Fiction: Beth Browne, 1st place for “Seeking Level” and Kim Cantanzarite, 2nd place for “Her Daughter My Sister”
Non Fiction: Helen Aitken, 1st Place for “Wolf Man Howls into Manhood” and Vickie Dailey, 2nd place for “Fairy Tales of a Fragile Mind”
Carrie Allen McCray was an African-American writer born in Lynchburg, Virginia and was only seven years old when she and her family moved north during the black exodus out of the South. Her mom, Mary Rice Hayes Allen, was an early leader in the fight against segregation so Carrie grew up surrounded by the founders and leaders of the NAACP, writers and poets of the Harlem Renaissance and people like W.B. DuBois, Sterling Brown and Walter White. Carrie earned her Bachelors of Arts from Talladega College and a Masters in Social Work from New York University. She lived her later years in Columbia, South Carolina and was one of the founders and first board members of the South Carolina Writers Workshop. Her published works include Ajös Means Goodbye (1966), The Black Woman and Family Roles (1980), and her first-person memoir, Freedom’s Child: The Life of a Confederate General’s Black Daughter (1998) while about her mom, it is also Carrie’s story. Her poetry has appeared in such magazines as Ms. and The River Styx. She died on July 25, 2008, aged 94.
The following quote by Carrie was taken from a newspaper article and is always appropriate: “. . . write for the joy of writing. Don’t be anxious about publishing, that will come. Accept constructive criticism from seasoned authors. It helped me develop my writing. Don’t let anyone discourage you.”