Newsletter | April 1, 2016
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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!

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


Stage Readings of Three Winning 10-Minute Plays!
April 1 | Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts| 7:30p-9:30p
Cost: $5 members, & $7 non-members

See three winning plays and top the experience with a lively exchange with the scriptwriters, stage directors and the readers. Filled with amazing twists and turns and lots of humor, the evening should be very entertaining! 

Click HERE to purchase your tickets online! 

An Evening With Stephanie Storey
April 7th, 2016 | 7:00p
Cost: Free!
Milton Rhodes Art Center, 209 Spruce St., WS.

Historic Novelist Stephanie Storey’s latest book, Oil and Marble, DaVinci and Michelangelo just received a great review in the New York Times. How much research was involved? How accurate must an historical novel be? Find out the answers to these questions and more! The program is free and open to members and non-members alike.

White Collar Crime: The Psyche of the Scam Artist & the Victim
April 17, 2016 | 2:00-4:00p
Cost: Free!
901 N. Main St. 27262

Mark Mathosian, P.I., is a 30-year veteran investigator of financial fraud in Florida. Crime writers will want to know his analysis of how crooks commit the most popular economic scams, such as stock and advance fee loan swindles, as well as mortgage, bank, and business opportunity frauds. Learn who investigates, how the criminal justice system responds, and the language and methods specific to big-dollar financial fraud.

This program is a very welcome gift offered to us by our Triad neighbors, Winston-Salem Writers, who join us at the High Point Library for this not-to-be-missed presentation. Co-sponsored by Sisters in Crime, Winston-Salem Writers, & High Point Library,

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

Writers Night Out
April 22, 2016 | 6:30-10:00p
Join us for a fine night of writing and friendship. 
Location: the home of Donna and Hugh Wallace
623 Lissara Lodge Dr.

Open Mic Night
Wednesday, April 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 Word Is Out
April 26, 2016 at 7:00p
WSW will now be supporting a SECOND Open Mic!
“The Word is Out!!!”
Held at the Southside Branch of the W-S Library
This will be ongoing on the last Tuesday of every month.

Spring Conference
Saturday, April 23 
The North Carolina Writers’ Network 2016 Spring Conference will be held Saturday, April 23, in the MHRA Building on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  

Pre-registration is open through Sunday, April 17. 
Click HERE to register. 

Write Now! 2016
Saturday, April 30
Cost: $69; $59 for student with valid ID & seniors 65+; $80 at the door
The McKimmon Conference & Training Center
1101 Gorman Street, Raleigh NC, 27606

Keynote Address: Getting Published in Today’s World by Brian Klems, Editor at Writer’s Digest. Brian will also be presenting a session: 15 Tips in How to Write Like the Pros. Brian will be joined by other fantastic presenters such as:
  • Scott Myers on Character Development for Screenwriters
  • Linda Formichelli with Pay the Writer: Making Sure you Get What you Deserve
  • Tom Welch shares Running Your Business: Financial Tips for Writers
  • Don Vaughan on The Seven Pillars of Freelance Success
  • Frank Hyman shares Column Writing for Beginners
  • Laura Poole gives us tips on Self-Editing Made Easy
  • Connie Gentry tells us about Writing for Trade Publications
TAF has worked extremely hard to keep the cost affordable for all writers. Registration includes all conference activities, coffee before the workshops, a catered box lunch, and all beverages. We also will be giving away some EXCITING DOOR PRIZES!

To learn more, or to register via PayPal, please click HERE

We look forward to seeing you there! Have a question? Contact Conference Director Donald Vaughan at or by phone at 919-888-8198. 

William C. Crawford  had his Short Story, "I Hear You Lima Charlie" published in the Macguffin Lit Mag. Five other recent publications of non fiction and memoirs to include "Shedding A Tear For America," a memoir about his visit to the Japanese internment camp at Mazanar, Raleigh News & Observer.

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

Congratulations to members Dan O’Sullivan (DanO),  R. Lee Riley,  C. David Gelly, Joe Morris, and Will Wright (Stanley McFarland) whose poetry or fiction has appeared. 

Click 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
Sandwiched: Voices from the Middle 
Deadline: April 15
Award: $25 per accepted story, plus a contributor's copy
The middle years of life are ones of tremendous joy and unchartered challenges. Often times, these are the years when we are pulled in multiple directions, with the demands of our career, children, aging parents, and friendships all taking a toll on our time and energy. But it can also be a time filled with simple pleasures, deeper connections, and a settling into our own skin. Sandwiched: Voices from the Middle (working title) – co-edited by Christine Organ and Julie Jo Severson – is a forthcoming anthology that will give voice to the various perspectives of those who are living in the full middle years of life. We are looking for a wide range of first-person stories and reflective essays that connect us and rekindle our spirit on various aspects of the middle years of life. Word count: 1,000 to 3,500 words. Compensation: $25 per accepted story, plus a contributor’s copy of the book. Royalty payments (up to $25) may also be available to contributors after initial expenses are recouped. Click HERE for more information. 

John Gassner Memorial Playwriting Award
Deadline: April 15
Award: $1,000 / $500
Fee: $10
The competition is open to all playwrights. Submissions must be new full-length plays. Musicals will not be considered. Sponsored by the New England Theatre Conference, Inc. Click HERE for more information. 

Electric Literature Call for Essays 
Electric Literature is now open to submissions of personal and critical essays, as well as humor, that reflect on the world of reading, writing, literature, and storytelling in all its forms. We’re particularly interested in pieces that examine the intersection of the literary world and other creative disciplines: film, fine art, music, video games, and architecture–you name it. Most essays we publish fall between 1,500-5,000 words. Click HERE for more information. 

Backbone Press Call for Poetry Chapbooks
Deadline: April 30
Fee: $5
Join this stellar list of emerging and established poets: Dariel Suarez, Allison Joseph, Tyree Daye, Tara Betts! Based in Durham, we focus on publishing poets of color and poets writing about culture. Now accepting chapbook manuscripts. Please submit manuscripts between 24-30 pages. Payment is publication and author copies. Click HERE for more information. 

James Applewhite Poetry Prize
Deadline: May 1
Award: $250 and publication
The winning poem will be selected by James Applewhite. The North Carolina Literary Review's poetry editor, Jeffrey Franklin, will select the finalists, who will also be published. Submitters must be an NCLR subscriber to submit to the James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition. You may subscribe to NCLR when you submit. 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.

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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