WSW Newsletter | August 8
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Bookmarks Book Festival 
WSW Booth Open Saturday, September 10| 10:00a-4:00p
Get ready for the twelfth annual Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors, the largest book festival in the Carolinas! Mingle with thousands of authors and readers joining this literary feast!  It will feature some 40 authors representing a wide genre of writing.    

WSW host a booth at the festival to inform the public about our organization and invite interested writers to become members. Just released, our literary magazine Flying South 2016 will be available for purchase for $10. Exhibiting member author’s will be present for direct sales. Poetry in Plain Sight posters will be available for purchase and many member’s publications will be on display. Please stop by and talk with volunteers to learn more about upcoming events. We would love to see you. 

Other festival events are also planned by Bookmarks on September 8-11. For more information, see:

Free Poetry Workshop
Saturday, September 24 | 1:00p-4:00p
Reynolda Manor Branch of Forsyth County Public Library, 2839 Fairlawn Dr.

What is poetry? How does poetry differ from prose? How does one constructing a poem use similes and metaphors? How do rhyme and paradox affect a poem?

Led by Peter Venable, a published poet and featured Poetry In Plain Sight contributor, this workshop is designed for new and novice poetry lovers although anyone may attend! Perspectives on the craft of poetry shall be presented, and participants shall have opportunity to construct their own poems, emerging from prompts provided in this workshop.

Bring a pad of paper, pens, or laptops. Free parking is available at the library and across the street at Reynolda Manor shopping center. Prior registration is encouraged. Email, or sign up at the Reynolda Branch circulation desk. 

This program is co-sponsored by Winston Salem Writers and Forsyth County Public Library.

Flying South 2016, the literary magazine of Winston-Salem Writers will be available for purchase for $10 at this year's Bookmarks Festival, and two of our August events: Writers Night Out and Poetry In Plain Sight, Live!

It is also available on-line through Amazon by clicking HERE  and on the WSW website.

The winners of this year's Writing Contest are:
Beth Copeland – Best in Category for Non-fiction and President's Favorite Award
Michael Gaspeny – Best in Category for Poetry
Vaughn M. Watson – Best in Category for Fiction

Flying South will also include work by the following authors:
Terry Barr, Judy Caldwell-Midero, Catherine Carter, John Davis Jr., Tige DeCoster, Grace Ellis, Saba Fiazuddin, Brandon Hartman, Mary Hennessy, Sarah Key, Ashley Kunsa, Sam Love, Caroline McGuinn, Marjorie Schratz McNamara, Amanda Noble, Lee Riley, Carol Roan, Edward Robson, Joyce Schmid, Heidi Seaborn, Patricia Slaga, Janet Smith, Robert Sypniewski, Pam Van Dyk, Peter C. Venable, Charles Wheeler, and Kay Windsor

Congratulations to all these talented writers. Special thanks to Barbara Rizza Mellin, member and artist, for providing the cover art.

Poetry In Plain Sight, Live!
Saturday, August 27 | 2:00p-4:00p
Lewisville Branch of the Forsyth County Public Library
6490 Shallowford Rd, Lewisville, NC 27023

Join Winston~Salem Writers for ‘Poetry in Plain Sight, Live! featuring poets from June~August. Poets include John Haugh, Valerie Macon, Deborah Wilson, Pat Berryhill, Paul Jones, Mike James, Cordelia Hanemann, Danielle Robinson, Alice Osborn, Joyce Compton Brown, Rick Richardson and Sam Barbee.

This live reading is free and open to the public. Book and poetry poster sales will be available. Don’t miss this chance to mingle among North Carolina poets from across our state who support our efforts to put ‘Poetry in Plain Sight.’ 

Sponsors: Bookmarks, North Carolina Writers’ Network

Two Online Poetry Classes
Poet Jacinta White, Founder of The Word Project and Co-Editor of Snapdragon: A Journal of Art & Healing will offer two online poetry classes: “Awakening Presence: Poetry as Spiritual Practice” in September, and “Chaos, Creativity & Cubicles” in November.

HERE for a detailed description and registration information. A discount is offered for early registration, so check this out soon!

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, August 17 | 7:00
Come share your writing at our popular Open Mic event. See complete rules on our website, the primary one being: 5-minute maximum. 

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 Spruce St. North


Writers Night Out
Friday August 26 | 6:30-10:00p
Bring a dish to share and join us for a fine night of writing and friendship. 
Contact Coordinator Sheila Englehart ( for this month's location.

The Word Is Out
Tuesday, August 30 | 7:00p
WSW will now be Co-Sponsoring a SECOND Open Mic!
 Held at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium: 3185 Buchanan St. 

Board of Directors Meeting 
Wednesday, September 7 | 7:00p

Milton Rhodes Center Conference Room, 251 Spruce St N.
Board of Directors Meeting will shift to Wednesday, Sept 7th at 7PM due to the Labor Day holiday. The regular “first Monday” monthly schedule will resume in October.
Heads Up! 
President Donna Wallace represented Winston Salem Writers at the William Roscoe Anderson Jr. Community Center Rhythm & Rhyme Youth Poetry Slam on July 28. Staff worked with the children for many weeks to prepare them to recite their original poems before five judges, family and friends. Nearly forty poets age 5-12 competed for prizes. More importantly, this poetry project was designed to help children express their feelings and experiences through the arts. 

To learn more about this event, visit the Winston Salem Parks & Recreation website, click HERE

In Other Words
A New Play by Beverly Johnston, Directed by Angell Caudill. In Other Words is an eloquent and moving play rooted in the harsh environment and endemic culture of West Virginia’s coal mining regions.   Relationships in on mountain family are examined, and the bittersweet realities of life fill the stage like a mountain fog. Humor and history anchor a script woven of poetry and prose in which love and hate create a tapestry, excruciating and hauntingly familiar.

Playwright Beverly Johnston is “of West Virginia” and her work often explores the region’s culture and tragic history.  She has been involved in environmental movements to stop the horrors of mountain top removal mining that has made “tombstones out of mountains and obliterated Appalachia’s verdant past.”   For more information on this criminally destructive process, see New York Time editorial, “How the Coal Industry Flattened the Mountains of Appalachia,” February 16, 2016 or log onto

See In Other Words August 19-21 in Fancy Gap, Virginia at Levering Orchard’s Cherry Orchard Theatre.  Show is at 7PM.  Tickets $10 at the gate.

Just Released
Member Robert McOuat has just published a novel entitled Shallow Brooks are Noisy. Doug Zwerling, is a terminally single Economics professor who stumbles into a campus scandal. The prestigious Vardaman University is being threatened by a sinister force: Wall Street. It’s up to one man to stop the further corporatization of the American university.  This dark satire about modern academia borrows elements from Greek mythology to concoct a wickedly funny rumination on the roles of gods and men. Check it out HERE

Time to Renew!
ALL members renew in September. Annual dues are still $36 (student rate $24). 
Please renew by September 1. 
To be included in the online Directory, you MUST renew no later than Sept. 15

We know that life can get busy, and even important things, such as renewing your membership, can slip your mind.  But, we don’t want you to miss any of your membership benefits. Remember only members can participate in...
  • Critique groups for a variety of genres
  • Book showcases on and at Bookmarks (Sept. 10, 2016)
  •  Opportunities to promote your own books and writing throughout the year
  • Writers’ Night Out, a fun potluck gathering of members talking about writing and life.
  • Discounts on contests and special program fees.

In addition, as a member, you have the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting a community where writing is valued and encouraged. Become part of the team that brings us: 
  • Poetry in Plain Sight, placing well-crafted poems to public places including storefronts and public buses
  • Newsletters for members and non-members full of writing-related information and resources
  • Regular programs, craft workshops, and author talks
  • Monthly Open Mic Nights
  • Writing Contests: 10-Minute Play and Flying South, literary magazine of essays, prose, and poetry* (Renew by Sept. 15 and you will receive a special member’s discount on the new 2016 issue of Flying South, the literary magazine sponsored by WSWriters. $10 list price / $8 discount price.)

This is a gentle reminder that NOW is the time to renew online at OR send your check for $36 (student rate $24) to:
Rob McOuat, Treasurer
3830 Whitehaven Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27106

Please do it today! Questions?

Barbara Mellin, VP for Membership

Represent Winston Salem Writers at any of these upcoming events in our community. It’s a great way to be involved in the local arts scene and hang out with your writing buddies!
Contact for more information.
  • Poetry In Plain Sight, Live! on August 27th
  • Bookmarks, September 8-11
  • FIESTA 2016, September 24
  • Writers Night Out: host hungry writers at our 4th Friday of the month potluck social
  • WSW Newsletter Editor
  • WSW Program Coordinator

10-Minute LGBT Play Festival
Deadline: August 15
PFLAG-Rocky Mount will present a 10-Minute Play Festival for its annual scholarship fundraiser. Now accepting 10-minute script submissions (comedy or drama) with LGBT theme. The 10-minute play can be a drama or comedy with characters or themes related to the LGBT community. We encourage scripts that celebrate diversity of race and ethnicity, religion, orientation, culture, age, gender, and/or social-economic status. Must be easy to stage on a black box stage with limited single set and minimal props. No more than four characters and no more than 10 pages of script. Script(s) may have been previously produced, but may not be published.

PFLAG Rocky Mount
P.O. Box 7141
Rocky Mount, NC 27804

Science Fiction Poetry
Deadline: August 31
Fee: $2
Speculative-genre (science fiction, fantasy, horror) poems only. Judged by Wisconsin poet Michael Kriesel. Three divisions: Dwarf, Short, and Long. Click
HERE for more information. 

Lesson Learned Short Story Contest 
Deadline: August 31
Award: $1,000 and publication
School may be out for the summer, but The Writer is still looking to learn a thing or two. Our latest short story contest is about education in all forms: life lessons, coming-of- age lessons, lessons learned the hard way. Whether your character is steeped in academia or getting educated at the School of Hard Knocks, we want to see them at the brink of change – and about to learn a lesson they’ll never forget. Word count: 2,000 or less. Click HERE for more information. 

Prairie Wolf Press Review Call for Submissions
Deadline: September 1
Prairie Wolf Press Review is open for submissions for our 10th issue. We are an annual online anthology, publishing the works of emerging and established literary and visual artists. Please submit up to three poems and/or prose of 1,000 or fewer words for consideration. Visual artists should send at least three samples of their work as jpeg. Click HERE for more information. 
Bottlecap Press
Bottlecap Press is always looking for fresh new material, and is actively seeking manuscript submissions for chapbooks and full length works, as well as poetry and fiction submissions for our blog! We are seeking submissions of all types with minimum length of 26 pages (30+ preferred.) We primarily publish chapbooks, but do take on larger projects occasionally, generally up to novella-sized. Blog submissions must be previously unpublished and may include 1-3 poems, or short stories under about 1,000 words (or some combination of poems and short stories.) We also accept multimedia blog submissions, so long as the content can be described as literary (including, but not limited to: visual arts, film, and comics.)  Click HERE for more information. 

Lee and Low Books
Lee and Low Books is a quality children's book publisher that specializes in multicultural themes. Our goal is to meet the need for books that address children of color by providing books that all children can enjoy and which promote a greater understanding of one another. We publish multicultural literature that is relevant to young readers. Our focus is on fiction and nonfiction featuring children/people of color, for readers ages 5 to 12. Of special interest are realistic fiction, historical fiction, and nonfiction with a distinct voice or unique approach. We do not publish folklore and animal stories. Lee and Low Books is dedicated to publishing culturally authentic literature. We make a special effort to work with writers and artists of color and to encourage new voices. We consider unsolicited manuscripts and art samples from writers and artists at all levels of experience. Picture book manuscripts should be no longer than 1,500 words for fiction and 3000 words for nonfiction. Lee & Low Books, publisher of award-winning diverse children’s books, is interested in receiving manuscripts for picture books with themes that incorporate non-traditional family structures (e.g. same gender parents) or gender identity (e.g. LGBTQ experiences), or that feature a person with a disability. We are looking for creative, well-written, authentic stories with an imaginative approach to storytelling that will appeal to young readers. Submissions may be fiction or nonfiction and should have a strong storyline and main characters who are humans (i.e. no animal stories). The family structure, gender identity, or disability should be an integral part of the story, not the main point of or the sole reason for the story. Click HERE for more information. 

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