WSW Newsletter | June 13
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June 24 | 6:00p-9:00p
Winston-Salem Writers are invited to participate in an Ekphrasis Event on June 24 with New Winston Museum and their current exhibit, "Birth of the Cool," featuring the photography of Owens Daniels. Owens' photography features some of the iconic jazz musicians in Winston-Salem.

Writers are asked to stop by New Winston Museum sometime over the next couple of weeks to view the exhibit and write a poem or spoken word piece about one of the photographs.

On June 24 from 6 - 9 p.m. writers will read their work, accompanied by jazz musicians in an exciting Ekphrasis Night at the Museum.

Free, light refreshments will be provided.
For more information, contact Judie Holcomb-Pack at

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



Writers Night Out
Friday June 24 | 6:30-10:00p
Join us for a fine night of writing and friendship. 
Contact Coordinator Sheila Englehart ( for this month's location.
The Word Is Out
Tuesday, June 28 | 7:00p
WSW will now be Co-Sponsoring a SECOND Open Mic!
Held at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium: 3185 Buchanan St. 


Save the Date
Poetry In Plain Sight, Live! 

Our next Poetry In Plain Sight Live! event will be held on the afternoon of August 27th at the Lewisville branch of the Forsyth County Public Library.

Board of Directors Meeting 
Please Take Note

There will be no Board Meeting in July.
See you in August! 

Annual Meeting Report
The following members were elected to the Board of Directors on Sunday, June 5th at the Annual Meeting & Celebration held at the Lake at Lissara Lodge in Lewisville, NC.

Click HERE to learn more about each one:

Donna Wallace, President
Barbara Mellin, VP of Member Services
Angell Caudill, Secretary
Rob McOuat, Treasurer

Patricia Hall, Director-at- large
Mae Lipscomb Rodney, Director-at- large
Judie Holcomb-Pack, Media & Public Relations
Dan O’Sullivan, Director of Event Services
Steve Lindahl, Director of Flying South Literary Journal

Attendees enjoyed a lively lakeside party catered by Alex’s Grill & Ice Cream of Lewisville. Many members were recognized for their literary success this past year. Past president and Cannes Festival Best Actress nominee Carol Roan was also in attendance.

Sam Barbee, Susan Williamson and Steve Mitchell were acknowledged for their years of service as President, VP of Programs and Director, respectively. Sam will continue to serve as Critique Group Coordinator and contemplate his upcoming retirement from the City of Winston Salem in December. Susan plans to focus on writing and contest entries. Steve will keep bookin’ at the amazing Scuppernong Books of Greensboro.

Members who are interested in serving on the Board of Directors or other volunteer capacities, please contact Donna Wallace at We have some new and interesting initiatives coming soon!


Congratulations to the following members who recently won awards in two senior writing competitions:
Piedmont Plus Silver Arts:
  • Judie Holcomb-Pack, gold medal for her poem, "The Love Affair" and gold medal for her essay, "The Difference Between Coffee and Tea"
  • Peter Venable, silver medal for his poem, "Awakening"
  • Bill Pfefferkorn, silver medal for his favorite memory, "Our Final Exam"
Second Spring Arts Festival:
  • Janet Joyner, Superior Literary Achievement for her poem, "Fire & Ice" and silver award for Outstanding Narrative for "Ultimate Unction at First Methodist"
  • Judie Holcomb-Pack, silver medal for her poem, "The Love Affair"

Summer Reading Program
Bonnie J. Doerr has been selected as one of Bookmarks Summer Reading program authors. Two of her novels, Island Sting and Stakeout, appear on the fourth and fifth grade list and are also included on the middle school list. You can learn more about Bookmarks Summer Reading, its activities and prizes here: schools/summer-reading

Bonnie is also excited to be a featured festival author this year where she will discuss her new book, Tangled Lines (Leap Books, August 2016). The 2016 Bookmarks Festival will be held September 8-10.

You can learn about Bonnie’s writing at

Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading
On June 9th, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill invited Sam Barbee to read from his new poetry collection, That Rain We Needed (Press 53), for the monthly Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Reading. Poet Sara Claytor joined him and read from her new collection, Waiting on Unknown Roads.

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
Suburban Diaspora Call for Fiction
Deadline: June 15
Suburban Diaspora is now reading fiction submissions for its second issue. Suburban Diaspora is an independent online literary journal of fiction. We publish two issues of prose a year online with a focus on placeless writing: fiction without strong ties to place or setting. To take advantage of our digital home, we are interested in fiction of any length, including excerpts from novels, flash fiction, and anything or everything in between. We publish both emerging and established writers, and our tastes are on the side of the surreal and strange, but we’d love for you to send your best work our way no matter what its aesthetic. Send one story or novella, or we will also look at up to three shorts of less than 1,000 words in length. Click HERE for more information. 

Two of Cups Press Annual Chapbook Contest
Deadline: June 15
Award: $25 / 10 contributor copies and publication
One winning manuscript will be chosen by the 2015 winner, Raegen Pietrucha. Winner will be announced August 1. Style and theme are open. Submit 15-25 pages of poetry (or thereabouts, just try to keep it close). We will not be reading blind this year, so no need to stress over identifying info. Click HERE for more information. 

Bakwin Award for Writing by a Woman
Deadline: June 15
Award: $1,000 and publication
Fee: $20
The Bakwin Award honors full-length prose work (novel, short story collection, or memoir) by an author who is a woman. The winner will receive a $1,000 honorarium, and the winning book will be published by Carolina Wren Press. The work should not have been previously published or self-published in print or online, though portions of the manuscript, (i.e., stories or chapters) may have been previously published. We are excited to announce that our final judge for the this year’s Bakwin Award is Tayari Jones. Click HERE for more information. 

Curt Johnson Prose Awards
Deadline: June 15
Award: $1,500 / $500 and publication
Fee: $20
December invites submissions of excellent fiction and creative nonfiction for its award honoring our longtime editor. 8,000-word maximum. Fiction judge: Anthony Mara. Nonfiction judge: Eula Biss. Click HERE for more information. 

Script Tease of Short Plays
Deadline: July 1
Award: $250 / $150 / $100
Seeking short 10-minute or one-act plays (30 pages max). Scripts are judged anonymously. Please note: do not submit your script(s) unless you are able to attend the public reading in San Diego in Fall 2016. If your play wins, you MUST attend in order to accept your prize. (Sorry, no exceptions.) Click HERE for more information. 

Up The Staircase Quarterly
Deadline: July 1
Up the Staircase Quarterly is seeking submissions of poetry on the theme of 90s pop culture. Submit one to six themed poems. 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. 
"Short Story: A Process of Revision" by Antonya Nelson
Carol Roan, recommends a blog post written by Vicky Lettmann, Carol’s co-editor for their When Last on the Mountain anthology. The content is freshly different from the usual writing advice, and discusses the creative process for short story. If sitting down to write a short story feels like staring at a rock wall, this blog post may help you clip into the harness of your own narrative and scale new heights.

Click HERE to enjoy! 

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