Newsletter | April 14, 2016
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Writing White Collar Crime
April 17, 2016 | 2:00-4:00p
Cost: Free!
901 N. Main St. 27262

You'll need to hear Mark Mathosian, P.I., a 30-year veteran investigator of financial fraud share 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. You'll need to know 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 the community and Murder We Write, the Triad Chapter of Sisters in Crime, by our Triad neighbors, Winston-Salem Writers, at the High Point Library. 
This 2-4 program will be followed by the presentation of a permanent Memorial to Joyce Lavene, president of the Murder We Write chapter until her death October 20. Joyce and her husband, Jim, authored more than 70 national best-selling books over the past 10 years under various pseudonyms and in simultaneously running mystery series under contract to several major publishers.
Murder We Write has commissioned two wooden boxes custom-made that will hold magazines, used but in good condition, for readers to take home as part of a unique Bring One Take One Exchange. Although the number of magazines will be limited for this first presentation to only one brought and one taken per attendee, once the boxes are at home on the 3rd floor of the library the quantity exchanged will not be limited, and the exchange will continue on the honor system.
(A similar system currently operates in the Benjamin Branch of the Greensboro Library where reading enjoyment is recycled like books. 
(Free publications, such as Guilford Woman or Greensboro's O'Henry magazine, are not eligible.)
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

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.

Poetry In Plain Sight, Live!
May 7, 2016 | 2:00-4:00p
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.

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 Co-Sponsoring a SECOND Open Mic!
“The Word is Out!!!”
Held at the Southside Branch Library Auditorium
3175 Buchanan St. 
This Month’s Featured Artist: Yansheng Liu
Optional Theme: "Embracing Spring"
Ms. Liu shares ancient Chinese poetry, providing the history, translation and original version in Chinese.  She performs her original work as well.

Light Refreshments / Some Adult Themes 
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. 
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

We look forward to seeing you there! Have a question? Contact Conference Director Donald Vaughan at or by phone at 919-888-8198. 
Patricia Hall has recorded her second Spoken Word cd single called "Black Women in Jazz."  This piece is a tribute to Sha Battle, organizer of the event that recognizes black females in Jazz as well as the Arts.  Pat's debut live performance of "Black Women in Jazz" was at the third Annual Black Women in Jazz weekend and Award Gala in Atlanta, GA from April 8th-10th.  

Sam Barbee’s new poetry collection, That Rain We Needed (Press 53), will have its launch on April 14th, at 7:00, at Artworks Gallery, 6th and Trade Street.  Also, he and Kristy Woodson Harvey will read at Scuppernong’s Bookstore in Greensboro on Sunday, April 17th at 3:00, presented by Writers Group of the Triad.

Ray Morrison has a short story, “Dawn Branch”, included in the new issue of Beloit Fiction Journal.

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
Savannah Authors Anthology
Deadline: April 20
Fee: $10
Submissions for the 2016 Savannah Authors Anthology are now being accepted. The competition is open to all legal residents of the states of Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, and North Carolina.  There is no age limit. Twenty or more pieces of original prose are selected for inclusion in the short story anthology. Click HERE for more information. 


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. 

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. 

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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