WSW Anthology transitions to become new literary journal

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Introducing Flying South: The next generation of the Winston-Salem Writers anthology contest.

The Winston-Salem Writers Anthology is now Flying South, a literary journal that adds a new dimension to this popular publication. While the journal is available as a print anthology now, in the future it will be an online publication only.

This issue of the journal includes the anthology contest winners in poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and creative nonfiction, as well as the 10-minute play contest winners. It also features some bonus material – three interesting essays on reading and a couple of video stories (online only).

If you’d like to own a physical copy of Flying South, it will be available at our table at next week’s Bookmarks Festival for $9.95. Or you can purchase either the print edition or a Kindle edition from Amazon.

In the future, though, the journal will be online only, and you can view that attractive website and read the winners at The next issue will open for entries on October 1, so watch this newsletter for submission details soon.

Bookmarks is next Saturday!

We’re fortunate in Winston-Salem to have perhaps the state’s foremost celebration of authors and books. The annual Bookmarks Festival takes place on Sat. Sept. 6 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts and Spruce St. in downtown Winston-Salem.

WSW will have our table in the exhibitor area along Spruce St. Some of our members will be selling their books, and we’ll be signing up new members and making new friends. So be sure and stop by while you’re at the festival. This year’s speakers include such luminaries as Rita Mae Brown, Frances Mayes, and J.A. Jance, along with a host of other authors sure to give you inspiration. See you at Bookmarks!

And the Storefronts exhibits are unveiled next Friday!

Associated Artists and Winston-Salem Writers have collaborated on the exciting ‘Storefronts Winston-Salem’ Project, set to be unveiled on the evening of Fri. Sept. 5. Downtown store windows will house temporary full-scale art installations based on select poems from our Poetry in Plain Sight initiative. The main event will be at 104 W. 4th St. at 7 p.m.

The addresses for the storefronts being featured are:

  • 104 W. 4th St.
  • 420 W. 4th St.
  • 675 W. 4th St.
  • 854 W. 4th St.

This is an exciting initiative, and we’re proud to have a part in it. For more information, visit

WSW is moving to a single membership renewal date for everyone.

When do you renew your WSW membership? Chances are you don’t know until you get that reminder in your email. Not surprisingly, having different renewal dates for everyone is also a headache for our record keeping. So we’re moving to a system where everyone will be renewed in the same month: September. This won’t take effect fully until next year, but we will begin the transition soon.

We’ll go into complete details in an upcoming newsletter, including a schedule and pro-rated memberships for this transition year. We’ll try to keep it as simple as possible – because we’re tired of being confused, too!

Pardon us while we get on our soapbox.

WSW is getting on our soapbox – literally, this time. As part of the September 5 Gallery Hop in the downtown arts district, we’re going to be reading (mostly) poetry nonstop on the sidewalk. We’ll be starting just after the Storefronts unveiling (see above) and reading as long as we have light and energy. The location will be in front of Chelsee’s Coffee, 533 N. Trade St. Come on down and hear some of your favorite local writers reading it old school!

WSW reaches out to some great kids at Camp Discovery.

Discovery Campers at Miller Park Recreation Center became writers during a community outreach effort organized by Winston-Salem Writers.  Luanne Casstevens, Bonnie Doerr, Sam and Jan Barbee and Susan Williamson read stories to groups of campers with developmental disabilities and then encouraged the young people to write their own stories, either as a group project or individually.

The campers wrote and illustrated their story lines which were then posted in the Community Center classroom.

Digital Publishing 101 to be featured during the fall’s Lifelong Learning classes.

Bill Kane, Director of Digital Publishing at Wake Forest, will be leading this informative class on the changing world of publishing technology. From the class description: “Join us as we explore the recent past, possibly perplexing present, and probable future of books as e-books — there’s no need to be a ‘techie,’ since we’ll bring and share all the latest gadgets in an interactive lecture/demonstration setting, during which we hope to at least answer the question: What are e-books, anyway? We’ll also talk about digital publishing trends, and how e-books are really just regular old books, and vice versa.”

The class will be on Tuesdays from 3 – 5 p.m. starting Sept. 9. For program costs and other information, please call Wanda Duncan at 758-5232 or email

Writing with Anne

(WSW Board Member Anne Civitano has long been curating all sorts of writing tips, websites, and ideas. In this feature, Anne shares some of her “finds” with us.)

It was just a year ago that we lost Elmore Leonard. Writer’s Digest published their favorite five sayings here.

I considered this post when deciding on pricing for the eBook version of Flying South (available for Kindle). Let me just say that while I don’t agree with everything he has to say, I did take his point about pricing.

This post from Chuck Wendig spoke to me about how to cultivate writing instinct, how to use writing advice, etc. But please don’t click on it if you will be offended by “naughty language.”

Wondering where you should be on the marketing vs. writing road? Dan Blank has this post on the subject for the Writer Unboxed blog. I recommend also reading agent Donald Maass’ comments.

Writing opportunity of the week.


Deadline: November 1…Prizes: $500/$250/$250 …Entry fee: $20

Judged by Natalie Diaz, Split This Rock’s Annual Poetry Contest is now accepting poems with socially engaged themes. Winning poems published on Split This Rock website and winners receive 2016 festival registration. First-place winner reads winning poem on the festival main stage. Submission information here.

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