Submissions are now being accepted for Flying South 2015

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Submissions are now being accepted for Flying South 2015, our print and online literary journal.

What began as the WSW Anthology Contest has now expanded and evolved into Flying South, a new literary journal. Last year’s first edition was very well received, and we’re now open to submissions for the 2015 edition. And for the first time, we’re offering cash prizes in addition to print and online publication: $100 for first place in each category and $25 for second place. Third place will receive publication only.

Once again we’re accepting entries in the categories of Poetry, Short Story, Flash Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction. We’re adding a new category this year as well, which should interest those of you writing longer fiction – Novels, first 500 words.

Our theme for the second annual issue of Flying South is “Words Become Pictures.” We’re looking for smart, illustrative writing that uses the blank page as a palette for fresh and original written art. Here are some details you need to know:

  • For Poetry, submit up to 3 poems, 10 pages maximum
  • Flash Fiction is up to 750 words
  • Short Story is up to 5,000 words
  • Creative Nonfiction/Memoir/Essay is up to 3,500 words
  • Novel is first 500 words only

All works will be read blind. Author’s name/contact information should NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript. Board members of Winston-Salem Writers are not eligible to enter.

This year we’re accepting entries through only. Complete submission guidelines are available at our website, but entries must be sent to Entries are $10 for WSW members, $15 for nonmembers. The deadline for entries is May 31, 2015.We look forward to reading the best writing you have to offer, so enter soon!

Important changes to our popular Open Mic Night – new date and new location!

After being held on the third Tuesday of the month for years, Open Mic night will now be held on the third WEDNESDAY of the month. This is due to the availability of our new location, the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts. Everything else remains the same – same 7 p.m. start, same great writing, same fun evening, same Dan O’! Next event is WEDNESDAY, April 15.

You can make a difference: Teach creative writing to those in need.

Our friends at Arts for Life asked us for help, so we’re passing along their request for volunteers. Is this something you might feel called to do? They wrote:

“Arts for Life is seeking volunteers, interns and fellows to teach creative writing. Arts for Life is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting people facing serious illnesses and disabilities. By providing educational art programs, we enrich patients’ lives, nurture their minds and spirits, and encourage positive healthcare experiences for children and their families. Arts for Life helps children in four cities across North Carolina, including at Brenner Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem.

“Our volunteers make a real difference in the lives of our patients and families—all while having fun and being creative. Teaching volunteers teach art, music, or creative writing lessons weekly to patients and their siblings in our hospital and clinic settings. We accept applications for teaching volunteers in all chapters year-round but only train new volunteers a few times a year; our first training of 2015 is coming up soon.”

Learn more and apply online today at

Also, you can contribute to a prison library book drive.

We’re collecting books – paperbacks preferred, and the more positive, the better – to be donated to the county jail and the prison library. You can bring them to Open Mic, to your critique group, or to Writers Night Out. If none of those is convenient, contact our president Sam Barbee at, and he’ll make arrangements to collect them from you. Thanks for your help.

Here’s your opportunity to read your work all…night…long.

On April 3 and 4, Scuppernong Books in Greensboro will hold WORDSOMNIA, its second annual 24-hour reading. They’ll be going around the clock from 6 p.m. Friday to 6 p.m. Saturday. All readers will be given 10 minutes to read their own original work with 120 readers in all. They’re signing people up to read now and all WSW members are invited. Last year, they had numerous folks who had never read before as well as an eight-year-old girl, and bestselling authors Michael Parker, Drew Perry, Fred Chappell and a wealth of others. To sign up, call Scuppernong Books at 336-763-1919. There’s more info here.

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.)

Kirsten Lamb posts about the dictum “start in media res” (the middle of the action) and the subtle difference between too far in, and not far enough.

I bet even the biggest grammar geek among us is still spouting at least one of these grammar myths. ‘Grammar Girl’ Mignon Fogarty exposes the top 10.

Titles are tough. The toughest, for many of us. How do you boil it all down to a couple of words? This post compares the titles that almost-were with the titles that won for some of the books we love best.

In Argentina, artist Raul Lemesoff created a “Weapon of Mass Instruction” with help from 7Up.

<h3>Writing opportunity of the week.</h3>


Deadline: March 31…Prizes: $5000 total…Entry fee: $20

The Masters Review focuses entirely on new and emerging writers. Our yearly anthology is a showcase of the best new fiction and narrative nonfiction by emerging writers and is one of our most widely received projects each year. This year’s guest judge is author Kevin Brockmeier. The ten writers selected for publication will be nationally distributed with their work exposed to agents, editors, and publishers across the country. Open to all emerging writers.” Submission guidelines here.


Grace Ellis’s new play “I’ll Sing On,” about Jane Gentry will receive a staged reading upstage at Noda in Charlotte on Thursday, March 26, beginning at 7:30 p.m. This is part of the 365 women playwrights effort. Also, her poem “Absorption” was accepted for the March edition of the new online journal Snapdragon.

Randell Jones had a column in last Sunday’s Winston-Salem Journal, and the previous Sunday included an article featuring Joe Morris, who said nice things about Winston-Salem Writers and Poetry in Plain Sight.

Tony Lindsay’s piece about the noble snake was printed in the March edition of “For Seniors Only” in the Winston-Salem Chronicle.

Steve Mitchell has had both a fiction and a nonfiction piece published. The fiction is a short story that will be published next month in the book 27 Views of Greensboro by Eno Publishers. The nonfiction article, “The One Obstacle”, can be read at Red Fezhere.

Had something published? Won an award? Written a blog entry you think your fellow writers would enjoy? We’d love to share your news here and on our website. Send your info to Robin Chalkley,


The next WSW board meeting will be Mon. April 6 at 7 p.m. at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts.

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