Anthology Contest

Get Published!

Welcome to the 4th annual Winston-Salem Writers Anthology, 2014 edition! The 2014 Contest opened February 10th and closes March 31st.  

This Anthology edition offers twelve chances to win: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes in four writing categories:

  • Poetry (submit up to 3 poems, 10 pages maximum)
  • Flash Fiction (fiction up to 750 words)
  • Short Story (fiction up to 2500 words)
  • Memoir/Essay/Creative Nonfiction (up to 2500 words)

Each entry must be original work and previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but authors must notify Winston-Salem Writers immediately and withdraw from the contest if their work is accepted elsewhere.

The anthology will be launched at the 2014 Bookmarks Festival, & will afterward be available at area bookstores. Winners will receive a free copy, and the opportunity to purchase additional copies at a reduced rate.

All works will be read blind. Author’s name/contact information should NOT appear anywhere on the manuscript. Preliminary judges, if needed, will be published members of Winston-Salem Writers. Preliminary judges are not eligible to enter the contest, and will disqualify themselves from judging any work that they recognize.

Each of our final judges are distinguished in their genres. We are pleased to have them joining us for the 2014 Anthology Contest:

Poetry: Scott Owens Originally from Greenwood, SC, Scott Owens holds degrees from Ohio University, UNC Charlotte, and UNC Greensboro.  He currently lives in Hickory, NC, where he teaches at Catawba Valley Community College, edits Wild Goose Poetry Review and 234, writes for the Outlook Newspaper, and serves as vice-president of the NC Poetry Society.  His 11th book of poetry, Eye of the Beholder, was recently released by Main Street Rag.  His work has received awards from the Academy of American Poets, the Pushcart Prize Anthology, the Next Generation/Indie Lit Awards, the NC Writers Network, the NC Poetry Society, and the Poetry Society of SC.

Flash Fiction: Erin Z. Bass A resident of Lafayette, La., and founder of Deep South Magazine, Erin Z. Bass has more than 13 years of writing experience and received her bachelor’s in Journalism from Louisiana State University. She has worked as a staff writer for The Times of Acadiana and Independent Weekly in Lafayette, House and Home magazine in Baton Rouge, Macy’s West communications department in San Francisco, and been published in Coastal Living magazine, The Times Picayune and Southern Breeze magazine.

An avid reader and book lover, Erin serves on the board of the Lafayette Public Library Foundation, is a member of the Friends of the Humanities through UL Lafayette and former board member of Festival International de Louisiane. Her New Year’s resolution for 2014 is to finish that short story she began last year and maybe even write another.

Short Story:  Elizabeth Woodman is founder and executive director of Eno Publishers, a nonprofit publishing program based in Hillsborough, North Carolina. A micro-press, Eno is dedicated to publishing books about the history and culture of the Carolinas. It is best known for its “27 Views” books, an award-winning series of community-based anthologies. Before beginning Eno, she worked as a book editor for a number of publishers. She also co-founded Ventana Press, which later became part of Thomson Reuters.

Memoir/Essay/Creative Nonfiction: Valerie MacEwan  Valerie H. MacEwan is the managing editor/publisher of The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature.  The Dead Mule has published over 4,000 essayists, poets, fiction writers and photographers since its inception in 1996. Her literary bona fides include: Featured Columnist and Books Editor for; participant in Ploughshares International Fiction Writing Seminar in The Netherlands; NC Arts Council literary grant recipient; board member WebDelSol; two novels, another in the works; blogger since 1998; began as newspaper journalist in 1972 and, by golly, it sure is a long list when someone’s almost 60 years old — so we’ll stop there. After decades as a writer, Valerie became an assemblagist in the early 2000s, supplanting words with objects. She is the recipient of dozens of juried fine arts awards. Her collaborative art is known from North Carolina to MoMA Cymru Wales to South Korea and places in-between. She is an advocate of #Linux and #OpenSource software. Artwork and writing website: Literary journal:

Submit entries via email only to Email serves as a cover sheet for each entry by including your name, address, telephone, & e-mail address.  Also indicate the category to which you’re submitting, word count and the title of the entry.  Attach your manuscript as a Word document.

Use a standard font (Times preferred) in 12-pt. type, double-spaced, with the title/page number on each page. Poetry should be single-spaced; 3 poems counts as one entry. Author ID must not appear on your manuscript pages, or your entry will be disqualified.

Entry Fees $10 non-members/$5 members for each entry) may be paid by Paypal below, or by check payable to Winston-Salem Writers at the following address:

WSW Treasurer
4153 Greenmead Rd.
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

Multiple entries will be accepted, each accompanied by a reading fee.  Work may be withdrawn from the contest at any time, but reading fees will not be refunded.

All entries and payments must be received by March 31, 2014. Winston-Salem Writers reserves the right to extend the deadline if necessary.

The judges’ decisions will be announced at the Winston-Salem Writers annual meeting in early June, 2014. Winners will be notified prior to the annual meeting by phone or by email. Entrants may check the Winston-Salem Writers website for winners or email us for a list of winners after the annual meeting.

First, second, and third place winners in each category will be published in the Winston-Salem Writers 2014 Anthology. They will receive one free copy, and will be able to purchase additional copies at a discounted price.

By entering the Winston-Salem Writers Anthology Contest, writers give Winston-Salem Writers permission to publish the entered work or works in the Winston-Salem Writers Anthology and to list the author’s name in the Anthology, on the Winston-Salem Writers Website, and in press releases and other attendant publicity.

Author retains copyright to the work or works entered and published. Winston-Salem Writers is granted a one-time right to publish the work or works in the Winston-Salem Writers Anthology.

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Anthology Contest Entry Fee

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