Newsletter | December 17, 2015
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Exercise Your Signature Voice
By Nathan Ross 
Location: Authoring Action, 630 W. Sixth St., Winston-Salem, NC
- Sat. Jan.16, 2016 from 9 am to 5 pm and presentation from 7 pm to 9 pm
- Sun. Jan. 17, 2016 from 1 to 4 pm 
Fees: $175 WSW members; $200 non-members

Go to to register. 
Registration Deadline Jan 8.
Workshop must meet minimum attendance (8) to be held.

10-Minute Play Contest 
Deadline: The 2016 contest closes January 5, 2016  
Winston-Salem Writers’ 6th annual 10-Minute Play Contest is open to North Carolina residents only, including full-time students in a North Carolina school.

Three winning plays will be chosen and stage read on the evening of Friday, April 1, 2016 at the Hanesbrand Theater in Winston Salem. More information and complete rules can be found on our website under the "CONTESTS" tab or by clicking HERE. 

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, January 20 at 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 Creative Experience
Thursday, February 25 from 7-9pm
Cost: $30 members/$35 non-members

Creativity arises from our own experience. By deepening our attention, we expand our experience and enhance our creativity. In this workshop we’ll use exercises and prompts to explore our senses and memory as a way of focusing creative energy. Opening ourselves to our own creative experience changes the world, one person at a time. Workshop will be lead by Steve Mitchell and Carol Roan.

Register at
Registration deadline February 20

Seersucker Live
Writer's Workshop: February 3-7, 2016 
Seersucker Live in Savannah, GA is hosting its first ever Writer's Workshop February 3-7. Application deadline is Dec 15. For more information go to

Writers Night Out
Returns in January 
Thank you for a great year of fine writing and friendship. 
WNO will return again in January of 2016. 
Location to be announced. 
There has been a generous response to our
Annual Fundraising Campaign and we are over HALF WAY to our goal! 

On behalf of the Winston-Salem Writers, let me extend a heartfelt
to all of our members and friends who have responded with a donation. The campaign will continue through December 31st and your gift is tax deductible.

Sam Barbee, President

Also, members who have not yet renewed their 2016 dues, please do so and you will be included in our New 2016 Membership Directory. Click HERE to renew.
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Hourglass Literary Magazine Writing Contest
Deadline: December 31
Award: $1000
Fee: $8

Hourglass Literary Magazine with the cooperation, support and patronage of Krajina klass, BLC (Banjaluka College) and software company Literature and Latte, announces its maiden competition for Best Short Story, Best Essay, and Best Poem. The competition is international and is open to all authors writing in English or any of the BCMS languages (comprising Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian, Montenegrin). There are no theme or genre limitations and boundaries. Work must be original and unpublished. Text for a short story should not exceed 7,000 words or be less than 700 words. For poems there are no strict limits, provided that poems should not have more than 3,500 words. Author, writer competing in the category for the best poem can submit up to three works. Essays should not exceed 9,000 words or be less than 1,000 words. Click HERE for more information. 

Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction
Deadline: December 31 
Award: $1000 and publication
Fee: $10

The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction is open for submissions. Stories may be previously published or unpublished, and simultaneous submissions are accepted. The winner receives $1,000 and publication in The Lascaux Review. The winner and all finalists will be published in The 2016 Lascaux Prize Anthology. Length should not exceed 10,000 words. All genres and styles are welcome. Click HERE for more information. 

Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Deadline: December 31
Award: $1,000, ad in P&W, and publication
Fee: $30

Awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. by mail from September 1–December 31, 2015. Press 53 founder and editor-in-chief Kevin Morgan Watson will serve as the final judge. Winner and finalists announced no later than May 1, 016; advance review copies sent to major reviewers and outlets; publication in October 2016. Click HERE for more information. 

NCPS Adult Contests
Deadline: January 8
Award: Varies
Fee: Varies

The North Carolina Poetry Society is open for submissions for their adult poetry contests for individual poems. There are several contests and categories of poems accepted, from poems about love, to sestinas, and more --and they now also proudly include a new category, Poetry of Protest.  Judges will be distinguished poets residing outside North Carolina. Winning poems (including honorable mentions, but excluding finalists in the Poet Laureate contest) will be published in the NCPS poetry contest anthology Pinesong. Click HERE for more information. 

The Rost Post Creative Nonfiction Competition
Deadline: January 15
The Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition encourages the creation of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism. The first-, second-, and third-place winners will receive $1,000, $300, and $200 respectively. The winning entry will be considered for publication by Ecotone. Click HERE for more information. 

A Bottle of Wine Rectifies a Bad Review
Shared by Mike Baron 
Author Richard Brittain, 28, pleaded guilty in a Glasgow, Scotland Court in November for his 2014 assault which followed the unfavorable book revue an 18-year-old supermarket worker posted online.
In his blog, Brittain acknowledged some of the criticisms of his book “The World Rose," but he also wrote that others compare him to Dickens, Shakespeare and Rowling.
The author admitted to the court that when he read the teenager's review, he searched online and was able to find her place of employment. Then he traveled 500 miles to the supermarket where she worked, and he struck her head with a bottle of wine which knocked her out.    

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