With the publication of the first edition of Flying South in September, 2014, Winston-Salem Writers has transitioned from its earlier Anthology Contest to a nationally recognized publication.
“War Time” by Laura Alderson “Pottery” by Vivian Bikulege “Sacral” by Katie Bowers “Sixteen Plus Sixteen” by Katie Bowers “Conversations” by Katie Bowers “I’m a Problem Solver” by Noah Brown “The Home Depot” by Kathie Collins “This Is the Work of the Dream” by Kathie Collins “Inheritance” by Mary Ann Crowe “Ghost of a 1960 Ford F-100” by John Haugh “Fruit” by JoAnn Hoffman “Thinking of ‘Love in Infant Monkeys’” by Earl Huband “Donor” by Emma Jahoda-Brown “War in Ukraine” by Gordon Lindsey “Cradled in my Arms in the Wee Hours” by Greg Nelson “On the Pier above the Nansemond River” by Greg Nelson “American Polaroid” by Leslie Parker “No Cello, No Lamb, No Rosemary” by David Poston
Flying South at WSW booth, Bookmarks Festival and
book launch at Bookmarks Bookstore in Winston-Salem
What We're Looking For
● Read a past issue or two to get a sense of what we like.
● Each entry must be original and previously unpublished.
● Poetry – 3 poems, 10 pages max.
● Fiction – up to 5000 words; includes flash fiction, short stories, and novel excerpts.
● Nonfiction – up to 3500 words; includes memoir, essay, journal entries, and other creative nonfiction. Use pseudonyms for identifiable names; you will have the opportunity to change those names prior to publication.
● Simultaneous submissions will be accepted, but you must notify us and withdraw from the contest if your work is accepted elsewhere. Submissions may not be withdrawn once contest winners are announced.
We cannot refund submission fees.
Submissions are accepted March 1 to May 31 annually. Entry is $15 to members; $25 for nonmembers. Winston-Salem Writers Board members are ineligible for entry.
How to Submit
2022 Winning Pieces
“The Old Man Who Thought He Could Become Garcia Marquez” by Nick Watson
Fiction — Best in Category and President's Favorite
Nonfiction — Best in Category
“The Guadalupe Confessionals” by Genevieve Allaire
Poetry — Best in Category
“Waiting Room for the CVOR” by Joyce Schmid
“Breakfast at Bubba’s” by Bill Colvard “Silence Breaking” by Sharon Howard “Lucky Strike” by Evelyn Menary “Negative Space” by Cynthia Singerman “Day Drinking” by Hunt Smith “Cold Blooded” by Quentin Steadman “The Bones in Ravenna” by Kevin Winchester
“Best Friends” by Terry Barr “Beethoven’s Bust” by Jenny Bates “Stitching Time” by Norma Bourland “Thomas” by Matt Cheek “Sweeteners, Why We Use Them” by Andrew DeVoy “A Cat Named Sonny Truitt” by Nancy Haiduck “The Baby Died. The End.” by Amy Marques “Bleecker Street” by Emma Myers
Use a standard font (Times New Roman preferred) in 12-pt. type with the title and page number on each page. For prose, double space. For poetry, single space; 3 poems count as one entry, and each poem should be submitted in a separate file.
In the Submittable cover letter for each entry, include your name, address, telephone, email address, category
to which you’re submitting, word count, and title(s) of the submitted work. Your name and contact information should appear only in the cover letter — not in the manuscript, the title, or the file name. We disqualify entries that do not follow these instructions since submissions are read blind. (Entry fees are not refunded for disqualified entries.)
Name your file(s) with the title of the work. For example: An_Occurrence_at_Owl_Creek_Bridge.docx.
Long titles may be shortened in the file name.
Submit your entry and fees to flyingsouth.submittable.com.
You can withdraw your submission prior to the announcement of the winners, but we cannot refund
your entry fees.
Prizes and Rights
All entries will be considered for publication, and all works accepted for publication will receive one copy of the current issue of Flying South.
The three Best in Category winners will be chosen from works accepted for publication in this issue and will each receive $500 cash. The President's Favorite winner will be chosen from the three Best in Category winners and will receive an additional $500 for a total of $1000.
Winners will be announced on or about July 1 and will be notified by email. Cash prizes will be paid no later than August 1.
Authors retain copyright to the work(s) entered and published; Flying South is granted a one-time right to publish the work(s) in the current issue. By entering the contest, writers give Flying South permission to publish the entered work(s) in the current issue and to list the author’s name in the publication, on the Winston-Salem Writers’ website, and in press releases and other attendant publicity. Submissions may not be withdrawn once contest winners are announced.
Mary Hennessy (Poetry Editor): Mary was a registered nurse most of her adult life. She returned to school late and fell in with a community of generous, word-crazed people. Her poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies. She is a Pushcart nominee. She also serves as Poetry Editor for an online site: Vietnam War Poetry. Poetry is the only thing that makes sense to her anymore.
Jennifer Stevenson Vincent (Creative Nonfiction Editor): Jennifer was twice nominated for the Pulitzer Prize with a speciality in Civil Rights issues. She has a distinguished career in print journalism, including senior staff writer at the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times. A founder and past President of Winston-Salem Writers, she's taught creative non-fiction at New York University, the University of South Florida and Salem College.
Ray Morrison (Fiction Editor): Ray is an award-winning writer whose stories have appeared in numerous journals and magazines, including Ecotone, Carve, Beloit Fiction Journal, and Fiction Southeast. He is the author of the story collections, In a World of Small Truths (Press 53) and I Hear the Human Noise (Press 53). I Hear the Human Noise was awarded the 2020 IPPY Gold Medal for Southeast – Best Regional Fiction.
Bob Shar (Fiction Reader): Bob has been writing short stories for over fifty years -- reading and loving them for over sixty. His stories have appeared in The South Carolina Review, Greensboro Review, Stoneboat, 2 Bridges Review, Bartleby Snopes, Literary Orphans and elsewhere. He’s a former factory worker, journalist, little magazine mogul (founded/edited/nearly-went-broke-running The Crescent Review, 1983-87), two-time Pushcart Prize nominee, retired librarian and village idiot.
Steve Lindahl (Fiction Reader): Steve Lindahl is the author of six novels, Motherless Soul (ATTMP), White Horse Regressions (ATTMP), Hopatcong Vision Quest (Solstice), Under a Warped Cross (Solstice), Living in a Star's Light (Self Published) and Chasing Margie (Solstice). His short fiction has appeared in The Alaska Quarterly, The Wisconsin Review, Eclipse and others. He served for five years on the staff of The Crescent Review. (www.stevelindahl.com)