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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Write On, Triad

Personally, I'm a bit of a a chicken when it comes to the possibility of rejection. But I love that this contest is focused on local writers and our own fair city. I look forward to reading it and I might, just might enter something, but if I don't get in, you'll never know. [use your imagination and picture a ridiculous smiley emoticon here.]

We’re eager to showcase the creativity of the talented writers in the Winston-Salem area — so we’re creating an anthology of some of our best work. How can you have your talent showcased in this book? By winning one of the prizes in our Anthology Contest!
You’ll have twelve chances to win, because we’ll recognize 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 about, or set in, Winston-Salem. It must be original work and previously unpublished.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 sold at next year’s Bookmarks Festival as well as at area bookstores. Winners will receive a free copy, and the opportunity to purchase additional copies at a reduced rate.
Complete rules will be published here on our website shortly. In the meantime, here are the highlights:
Cover Sheet: Include a cover sheet for each entry with your name, address, telephone, e-mail, and category with word count and the title of the work(s).
Your name must not appear on your manuscript pages, or your entry will be disqualified.
Poetry: Submit 3 copies of your entry or entries, single-spaced. (3 poems equal one submission)
Prose: Submit 3 double-spaced copies of your entry in standard font (Times preferred) in 12-pt. type, in black ink, with title and page number on each page.
$10 non-members/$5 members for each entry. All submissions are recycled, so an SASE is not necessary. Winners will be notified by phone or e-mail.
Personal check or money order in US dollars made payable to Winston-Salem Writers must accompany your submission. Mail submissions to Winston-Salem Writers Anthology Contest, Box 157, 380 H Knollwood Street, Winston-Salem, NC  27103.
Multiple entries will be accepted, but each must be accompanied by a reading fee. Work may be withdrawn from the contest at any time, but reading fees will not be refunded.
All entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2011. Winston-Salem Writers has the right to extend the deadline if necessary.
The judges’ decisions will be announced at the Winston-Salem Writers annual meeting on June 11, 2011 . Winners will also be notified by phone or by email. Entrants may check the Winston-Salem Writers website for winners or email us for a list of winners after June 11.
First, second, and third place winners in each category will be published in the Winston-Salem Writers Anthology, will receive one free copy, and will be able to purchase additional copies at the discounted price of $7.00.
By entering the Winston-Salem Writers Anthology Contest, writers give Winston-Salem Writers permission to publish the entered work or work 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.
All works will be read blind. Preliminary judges are published members of Winston-Salem Writers. They will not be eligible to submit to the contest, and will disqualify themselves from judging any work that they may recognize.
Judges for categories are:
Poetry: Joe Mills
Flash Fiction: Ginger Hendricks
Short Story: Leigh Sommerville McMillan
Non-Fiction: Anna Fields
Have questions? Contact Carol Roan at

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