WSW Newsletter | October 3
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Audiobook Workshop
Saturday, October 8 | 10:30a
Cost: Free to Members; $10 for non-members

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem

Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry, with almost $2 billion in sales last year. Winston-Salem Writers is sponsoring a workshop led by Joel Richards, who has narrated over 150 audiobooks and thousands of e-learning and shorter nonfiction works.  His voice has helped plant trees, expand airports, and teach yoga. If you’ve ever wondered if your writing would make a good audiobook or just wondered what the big deal about audiobooks is, here’s your chance to find out.

Joel will talk about the potential of the audiobook industry, describe the typical production process, and answer your questions and concerns. The Audiobook Workshop will be held in the Conference Room at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem, on Sat., October 8, at 10:30 a.m. Free to members of Winston-Salem Writers; $10 for non-members. Seating is limited, pre-register by emailing

For more information about Joel Richards, visit
Open Mic Night
Wednesday, October 19 | 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. Reading begins at 7PM (sign-up to read 30 min. prior)

Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts
251 Spruce St. North


The Word Is Out
Tuesday, October 25 | 7:00p
WSW will now be Co-Sponsoring a SECOND Open Mic!
 Held at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium: 3185 Buchanan St. 

Writers Night Out
Friday, October 28 | 6:30-10:00p
Bring a dish to share and join us for a fine night of writing and friendship. 
Contact Coordinator Sheila Englehart ( for this month's location.

Bookmarks Festival 2016

Many thanks to all the Winston Salem Writers who made our Bookmarks Festival presence a success! Nearly 50 attendees signed up for our newsletter or membership, many more stopped by to satisfy their curiosity and talk with our table hosts. Seven of our author-members marketed their books, fifteen members dispensed smiles, writing advice and a few ice cubes to our visitors throughout the day. We rocked it and looked good doing it.

Sam Barbee has two poems, “Vacancy”, and “Vital Signs” appearing in the Hurricane Press Anthology, Emergence; also the poem “Inscriptions” appears in Snapdragon, the local journal edited by Jacinta White and WSW member Cyndi Briggs; his poem “Recurring Dream” (from That Rain We Needed, Press 53) is upcoming in O.Henry Magazine; and the poem “Triptych” will appear in Yin-Yang, the newest anthology from Old Mountain Press, edited by Tom Davis.

Bonnie Doerr will be presenting at the Young Adult Services Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA, held November 4-6, 2016. For more information about this event, click HERE. Congratulations, Bonnie!

Dark and Stormy
It was a dark and stormy night on Sept 26th, when Scuppernong Books in Greensboro hosted the launch of our literary magazine Flying South. A picture is worth a thousand words, they say — here’s a collage from the public reading (photo credit: Toni Lindahl). And all those words in the 2016 issue are worth $10 — copies are available from and locally from Thank you, Steve Lindahl for organizing this event!

Writers Can Make a Difference: Be a Crosby Scholars Volunteer Essay Reader

The Crosby Scholars Program assists students in public middle and high schools in Forsyth County prepare academically, personally, and financially for college admission and other post-secondary opportunities best suited to a student's needs, aptitudes and dreams. We are a partnership of the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, the United Way of Forsyth County, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, and The Winston-Salem Foundation.

Writing essays is often the most intimidating aspect of applying to college, especially when many college admission and scholarship applications require one or more essays.  The Program offers free essay review in order to help scholars submit strong writing samples.  We believe it is beneficial for an impartial person to read the essays to provide feedback.

The Program is seeking volunteers to review essays. Training is provided. Essays will be reviewed primarily for content with respect to following the prompt and being clear on what students are trying to share about themselves. Essays can be reviewed via email or face-to-face. Many colleges have fall deadlines for applications and students appreciate the objective essay review opportunity. Please email Maggie DeBaugh at if you are interested in volunteering.

North Carolina Writers Network Fall Conference
 2016 ,November 4-6

With some 200 writers in attendance, as well as dozens of faculty and publishing professionals, the annual North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference is the largest writing conference in the state and one of the biggest and most inclusive in the country.

The NCWN 2016 Fall Conference happens November 4-6 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley. It is the only Network-sponsored event where attendees can receive one-on- one feedback from editors or agents through the Critique Service or Manuscript Mart programs. 2016 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Margaret Maron, of Willow Springs, will give the Keynote Address. Maron is the five-time Agatha Award-winning mystery writer of the Deborah Knott series, which is set in Johnston County. In 2015, she was given a lifetime achievement award by Bouchercon, the world mystery convention.

There is MUCH more you will want to know about this conference. For more information, and to register, CLICK HERE.

Camel City Dispatch
After a brief hiatus, Camel City Dispatch is back on line and welcoming submissions from members of Winston-Salem Writers. One of our members will be featured each week in their Thursday edition. They are looking for poetry, short fiction and, for the first time, essays on any topic, and they’re accepting previously published work if you provide the appropriate acknowledgement. Guidelines: 3 pages or 1500 words (whichever comes first). Your language and subject should be appropriate for a family publication.

Send your best writing to Carol Roan at, along with a short bio and a headshot or photo of yourself. 


Playwrights: Batter Up!
Deadline: Not Currently Set
Award and festival winning playwright and poet seeks scripts. Looking for short 1-20 minutes, baseball themed plays to accompany my play, DUGOUT MEMORIES, to make a complete evening of baseball theme plays. Currently have not set a deadline. No restrictions on content except plays must have a baseball theme. Contact Jerry-Mac Johnston with questions or submissions. Hard copies submit to 1438 S. Arcadia, Springfield, MO 65804 or email attachments to Jerry-Mac is a member of the Springfield (MO) Writer’s Guild. Email
Sam Says
Magazine Submission Options
Three magazines I submit to are Sequestrum, Rattle and Cleaver Magazine. All have an open call going on and do not have fees; for all genres.

Good Luck,
Sam Barbee


NC Poetry Society Adult Contests and Awards
Open November 1, 2016-January 20, 2017
Fee: free for NCPS members, $8/poem non-members
ELEVEN contest categories of poetry will be judged. Don’t miss this one! Student contest categories (3rd grade - university undergraduates attending NC schools) are also listed on the website.  For information and guidelines, click HERE.

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition
Deadline: November 15- Janurary 15 (deadline)
Award: $1,000, publication, ad in Poets & Writers
Fee: $10/$12

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.
Press 53 Award for Short Fiction
Deadline: December 31
Award: $1,000, publication, ad in Poets & Writers
Fee: $30
Awarded to an outstanding, unpublished collection of short stories. Press 53 publisher and editor-in- chief Kevin Morgan Watson will serve as the final judge. Winner and finalists announced no later than May 1, 2017; advance review copies sent to major reviewers and outlets; publication in October 2017. Click HERE for more information. 

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