Newsletter | May 12, 2016
View this email in your browser
Super Sharing Submission Symposium
Today, May 12 | 7:00p
Open To All Members
Milton Rhodes Arts Center

Attention WSW Members:
Do you have stories, poems, and articles languishing in your documents folder?  Let them fly free! Come to our Super Sharing Submission Symposium on Thursday, May 12 at 7 PM at the Milton Rhodes Arts Center and find places to submit your work.  Bring your laptop and submission veterans will help you with the where and how of submitting.

Bring your ideas of places to submit and share with others. This is a WSW networking event for all members. (You can join that evening if you are not already among the chosen).
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

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.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, May 18 | 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


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
3175 Buchanan St. 


Works In Progress
Friday, May 20 | Doors open at 7:00, readings begin at 7:30 
New Winston Museum: 713 Marshall Street SW

Have you been wondering what the Winston-Salem Writers Script Group has been up to? You have a chance to find out on Friday, May 20. Script writers Grace Ellis, Ed Robson, David Ratcliffe, and others, as well two playwrights from the Greensboro Playwrights Forum, will be presenting an informal evening of lightly rehearsed scenes and short plays at the New Winston Museum, 713 Marshall Street, SW. Doors open at 7, and the readings begin at 7:30. The event is free. Join us for an entertaining evening.

Writers Night Out
Friday May 27 | 6:30-10:00p
Join us for a fine night of writing and friendship. 
Location: TBD

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 29th 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.


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
Member and Secretary Angell Caudill recommends this essay posted on the National Endowment for the Arts website titled “What Is Poetry?” by Dan Rifenburgh.
HERE to view this essay. 

New Critique Group
Winston-Salem Writers will add a Children’s Book critique group for writers of Picture Books and Early Chapter Books!

Use your imagination and create a new children’s book to share. If you are interested in helping form this group, contact

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
Lorian Hemingway Short Story Competition
Deadline: May 15 Award: $1500 and publication
Fee: $15
Stories must be original unpublished fiction, typed and double-spaced, and may not exceed 3,500 words in length. There are no theme or genre restrictions. The literary competition is open to all U.S. and international writers whose fiction has not appeared in a nationally distributed publication with a circulation of 5,000 or more. Writers who have been published by an online magazine or who have self-published will be considered on an individual basis. Click HERE for more information. 

Elizabeth Simpson Smith Contest
Deadline: May 17
Award: $250 / $150 ? $50

Fee: $15
Work must be an original and unpublished fiction story between 1,500-4,000 words. Prizes will be awarded in September at the CWC general meeting. This is the Charlotte Writers Club most prestigious award! Click HERE for more information. 

Hard Times Essay Contest
Deadline: May 30
Award: Choice of Package

Fee: $20 (members) / $25 (non-members)
Write about a difficult experience in your life, how you overcame this obstacle, and how you were changed by it. Winning stories will be chosen for originality and creative writing style. Essays should be previously unpublished, and should not exceed 5,000 words (double-spaced, 12 point font). Click HERE for more information. 

Deadline: May 31
Peregrine, the literary journal of Amherst Writers & Artists, is accepting online submissions of poetry and short prose March 31—May 31, 2016, for publication in Volume 31. Click HERE for more information.


CT Poetry Award
Deadline: May 31 Award: $400/$100/$50
Fee: $15
Winning poems will be published in the Connecticut River Review. Send up to three unpublished poems, any form, 80 line limit. Click HERE for more information. 

Guy Owen Poetry Prize
Deadline: May 31
Award: $1000 and publication

Fee: $20 (includes 1-yr subscription)
Submit 3-5 poems (10 pages maximum). Sponsored by Southern Poetry Review. Click HERE for more information. 

Adirondack Shakespeare Dramatic Writing Competition 
Deadline: June 1 Award: $1000 (full-length) / $500 (one-act) and a staged reading
Fee: $10
ADK Shakespeare is excited to sponsor its first Dramatic Writing Competition in 2016. The Competition features two categories: Full-Length works as well as Shorts/One-Acts. For that reason, we would like all plays should deal, in some way, with the subject of mental illness. Entrants need not think of this subject matter as limiting: we regard this subject as being quite broad, encompassing a wide spectrum that would include both the Prince of Denmark and Willy Loman, but would stretch well beyond either of those highly functional characters. Full-length: 60-120 minutes. One-act: 10-30 minutes. 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. 
:: Invest In Writing ::
Donate Here

The WSW Board Meetings are open to members and held on the first Monday of each month
7 p.m. in the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts first floor conference room.
Copyright © 2016 WS Writers, All rights reserved.

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp