WSW Newsletter | May 26
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Flying South 2016- Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry Contest
Deadline: May 31, 2016 

$2000 in prizes. From March 1 to May 31, Flying South 2016, a publication of Winston Salem Writers, will be accepting entries for prizes in Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. Best in Category winners will be published and receive $500 each. One of the three winners will receive The WSW President's Favorite award and win an additional $500. All entries will be considered for publication. For full details, please visit our

May 31st Deadline | Sift Through Those Stacks
The Annual Winston-Salem Writers Book Drive begins in April. Last year we were able to contribute over 260 books to the Forsyth County Prison and Jail Libraries.

We would love to surpass those donations in 2016, so check your shelves for some dusty books and repurpose them with another reader!  The Prison staff has asked that the books have SOFT COVERS.  Hard back books can cause problems for them for several reasons, but paperbacks are GREAT!!!

Contact any WSW Board Member to arrange pick-up or bring them to any of our numerous sponsored events – Open Mics, Writers Night Out, or any Workshop or event - and we will help them find a new home.

Writers Night Out
Friday May 27 | 6:30-10:00p
Join us for a fine night of writing and friendship. 
Location: home of Barbara Mellin
   1178 Bent Grass Lane
   Winston Salem, NC 

The Word Is Out
Tuesday, May 31 | 7:00p
WSW will now be Co-Sponsoring a SECOND Open Mic!
“The Word is Out!!!”
Held at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium
3185 Buchanan St. 

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, June 15 | 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


Annual Meeting News & Celebration
June 5th | 5:30

The first order of business at the Annual Meeting on June 5th at 5:30PM will be a vote of officers and directors for the 2016-2017 year. The meeting will be held at the Lake at Lissara Lodge On Lissara Lodge Dr, Lewisville. RSVP by May 31st if you wish to join the celebration for out-going Board members Sam Barbee, Susan Williamson and Steve Mitchell.

The nominees are: President: Donna Wallace, VP of Membership: Barbara Mellin, Treasurer: Rob McOuat, Secretary: Angell Caudill, Directors: Judie Holcomb-Pack (Media & Public Relations), Dan O’Sullivan (Open Mic & Event Services), Pat Hall, Steve Lindahl (Flying South), and Dr. Mae Rodney. Nominees for VP of Communications and VP of Programs are still being sought.

RSVP no later than May 31st! 


North Carolina Writers' Network Summer Squire Residency
June 23-26, 2016
Queens University of Charlotte

The Squire Summer Writing Residency offers an intensive course in a chosen genre (fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry), with ten hour-and-a-half sessions over the four days of the program. (That's fifteen hours of workshop time!) Registrants work in-depth on their own manuscript samples, as well as their colleagues’, while also studying the principles of the genre with their instructor. Other features include faculty readings, panel discussions, and open mic sessions for residents. Click HERE for more information. 

Recommended Reading
15 Rules To Write Poetry By: Click HERE to download and read

Keith Flynn ( is the award-winning author of seven books, including five collections of poetry and two works of non-fiction. His most recent titles include  The Lost Sea (2000), The Golden Ratio (2007), Colony Collapse Disorder (Wings Press, 2013), a collection of essays, entitled The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing (Writer's Digest Books, 2007), and the forthcoming collaboration with photographer, Charter Weeks, entitled Prosperity Gospel: Portraits of the Great Recession. Flynn is founder and managing editor of The Asheville Poetry Review. For more info, please

New Collection
Helen Losse’s new poetry collection Every Tender Reed is now available for purchase directly from her. for $17. (checks only)  Of this, $3 is postage and $10 per book will go to Stay the Course, a partnership between Catholic Charities and Forsyth Tech that provides comprehensive support services to low income students who are pregnant or parenting for the first time with the goal of helping them to persist in school and obtain their degrees. To get a book, contact Helen at  All copies will be signed.

Camel City Dispatch
The Camel City Dispatch has partnered with the Winston-Salem Writers to feature our members’ work in the weekend Literary section of the CCD Arts

 HERE to see what your fellow WSW members have been writing!!!

Any current member of WSW is encouraged to submit their work (along with a short bio and a head shot) for consideration at or Please submit all three attachments in one email. You can also submit electronically through the website by clicking HERE
Beth Mood Anthology
Deadline: June 1
Please send one to three poems in response to the photographs of Beth Moon ( for an online anthology, Over the Moon, to be published online by Poemeleon poetry journal. Click HERE for more information. 

Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize
Deadline: June 1
Award: $500 and publication 

Fee: $15
Now accepting original, unpublished poems (up to three). 2016 Judge: Reginald Dwayne Betts.
Sponsored by Backbone Press. Click HERE for more information. 


Call For Submissions By Women
Deadline: June 1
Minerva Rising Literary Journal is seeking work by women. We review short stories, essays, poetry, creative nonfiction, flash fiction, original prints, graphic arts and photographs for our upcoming issue. Our next theme is... Fathers. Father, Daddy, “Pop”, or Dad— the only job title a woman cannot aspire to. We can do all the things that men do except fulfill the role of fatherhood. How does that shape us? Or does it? What influences do our fathers have on us; what memories remain, both painful and joyful, of the man who was first to come first in our lives? And how does our current vision of Fatherhood inform our notions of religion, feminism, self-empowerment, and creativity? We pay writers $50 for fiction or nonfiction prose and $35 for poetry that we select for publication. Click HERE for more information. 

Carolina Writers Against HB2 Anthology
Deadline: June 1
Looking for writers with a strong connection to North Carolina to provide a 5,000 word or less story featuring an LGBTQ character for a fundraising anthology. Reprints accepted. Non-Exclusive print and digital rights requested. All proceeds donated to the NC Human Rights Campaign. Not accepting erotica. No other restrictions on genre. Poetry and nonfiction also accepted. Send submissions or queries to Word Doc, 12 Pt. Standard MSS format. No RTF files.

Motherhood Submissions
Deadline: June 1
Stirring is excited to announce our themed issue this year will focus on motherhood. We are looking for poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction that examines all facets of the realm of motherhood from birth, to bottle, and everything in between. Motherhood is a title obtained through birth and through loss, and we want to hear from all spectrums of those who identify as such. We want to read works that explore the realm of motherhood and how this life-altering event has affected you and your experiences with the world around you. This themed issue will be guest edited by Leigh Anne Hornfeldt, editor of Greensboro-based Two of Cups Press. Click HERE for more information. 

Proud To Be: Writing American Warriors
Deadline: June 1
Award: $250 (each category) and publication
Seeking short fiction, poetry, essays, and more. This series of anthologies preserves and shares military service perspectives of our soldiers and veterans of all conflicts and of their families. Poetry up to three poems; prose up to 5,000 words. Click HERE for more information. 

One-Act Play Competition
Deadline: June 3
Award: $500, production, and more
Fee: $20
Enter your one-act play, win, and watch it unfold on stage at the Boathouse Theatre, overlooking Lake Tahoe. The winning plays—three will be selected—will be directed and performed at the historic Valhalla Boathouse Theatre in South Lake Tahoe. Submit one-acts of no longer than 60 minutes. Submissions must be entered under one of two categories: drama or comedy. Click HERE for more information. 

Pat Schneider Poetry Contest
Deadline: July 1
The Sixth Annual Pat Schneider Poetry Contest will open May 1st – July 1st, 2016. You may submit up to three poems for the submission fee of $18. The winner will receive $1000 and publication in Peregrine. Click HERE for more information. 
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