Newsletter | April 28, 2016
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Poetry In Plain Sight, Live!
May 7, 2016 | 3:00-5:00p
Cost: Free!
717 S. Marshall St., WS.
(free parking available on street and in front & rear of building)

Join Winston-Salem Writers for Poetry in Plain Sight, Live! at New Winston Museum featuring poems from our March - May spring display. See and hear from poets including Joe Mills, Adrian and Molly Rice, Sandra Ann Winters, Janet Joyner, Debra Kaufman, Sam Love, Peter Blair, Peter Venable, Toby Bunton and Lee Riley. 

This Live reading is free and open to the public. Book and poetry poster sales will be available. Book sales will be cash or check directly to authors.  Don’t miss this chance to mingle among North Carolina’s emerging and established poets from across our state who support our efforts to put ‘Poetry in Plain Sight.’ 

Sponsors: Forsyth County Public Library, North Carolina Poetry Society, WSNC 90.5 Radio.
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.

Super Sharing Submission Symposium
Thursday, 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).

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


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

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. 

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

Annual Meeting News
The first order of business at the Annual Meeting this June will be a vote of officers and directors for the 2016-2017 year. Specific date and location will be announced in the newsletter in May. The nominees are:

President: Donna Wallace, VP of Membership: Barbara Mellin, Treasurer: Rob McOuat, Secretary: Angell Caudill, Board members: Dan O’Sullivan, Pat Hall, Steve Lindahl, Judie Holcomb-Pack. Nominees for VP of Communications and VP of Programs will be announced in the future and put to a vote in accordance with bylaws.

Janet Joyner will read from her Holland Prize-winning poetry collection, Waterborne, as well as a few selections from her in-progress collection, as part of "Poetry in Plain Sight."Saturday, May 7, 3:00-5:00 pm  New Winston Museum, 713 S. Marshal St., Winston-Salem

Congratulations to Sandra Dreis.  Her book, The EcoWarriors: Book One -Bluffs of Baraboo, has been selected as a 2015 Nautilus Award Winner.  It was a SILVER Award-Winner, in the YA Fiction category.

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
Visual Poetry Walk Seeking Artists & Poets
Deadline: April 30
No submission fee
Be a part of the Gate City’s first-ever Visual Poetry Walk where artists and poets are paired to create Poem Boxes on a walking trail for public enrichment. The Writers Group of the Triad (WGOT) is accepting applications from Triad poets and artists during April, National Poetry Month.

Visual Poetry boxes will be installed in different sites downtown and mapped on a walking trail. Folks of all ages can enjoy poetry and art while exploring downtown from August to October, with special focus during the National Folk Festival in September. Visual Poetry Walk is inspired by the work of Ana Flores, POETRY-OF-THE WILD, and by the Little Free Library concept, which brings literacy to the people.  Locations may include from The Children’s Museum to Just Be to Elsewhere.

Details and applications are available at all Greensboro Public Library branches or online ( These must be returned by email to , or by mail to Visual Poetry Walk, 1911 Rosecrest Drive, Greensboro 27408, by April 30.  For more information, call 336-288-7555 or email address above.

Longleaf Press 19th Annual Chapbook Contest
Deadline: April 30
Award: $200
Longleaf Press at Methodist University invites chapbook submissions of 18 to 23 pages of poetry for its 2016 Chapbook Contest from poets who have not yet published a full-length collection. Click HERE for more information or contact RGREENE@METHODIST.EDU

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. 

Call For Children's & YA Authors
We are a publishing company of innovative children’s and YA literature. We are launching soon and always looking for new authors, published and unpublished to write our historical fiction stories. We have pioneered a unique learning technology for 3rd to 8th graders and up, from the hard to teach to the already head-of-the-class, with interactive literary adventures that engage readers in brand new ways. We welcome inquiries from unpublished authors – all you need is talent, passion and a story to tell. We’re not a content mill, vanity press, or self-publishing service…we’re a publisher of educational books that promise to engage a new generation in reading, and change the way children learn. Click HERE for more information. 

Flash Fiction Contest
Deadline: May 1
Award: $100/ $50/ $25

Fee: $10 / $8
Each year the Pikes Peak Branch of the National League of American Pen Women Inc. sponsors a national flash fiction contest that challenges authors to "tell a story" using only 100 words. Writers are invited to submit a complete but very short story of 100 words or less (excluding story title from total word count); entries MUST be narrative in form (must tell a story) and pertain to the author's choice of theme ... STORM ... HIDDEN ... or ... CHANGE. Click HERE for more information. 

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. 


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.

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. 

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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