2023 Category Winners
1st Place: It’s All Okay Now, by Désirée Perriguey
2nd Place: Nicholas, by Matthew Cheek
3rd Place: Higher and Higher and Higher, by Joshua B Beggs
1st Place: Resurrection, by Rebecca Davis
2nd Place: Pastoralia, by Spencer K. M. Brown
3rd Place: Greyhounds, by Art Hondros
1st Place: Adrift, by Julia Wendell
2nd Place: Preparing the Slideshow for My Ex-Wife’s Funeral, by Ken Chamlee
3rd Place: At the Russian Spa, by Zachariah Claypole White
The Privacy of Your Name is No Longer,
by Paloma A Capanna
Hyding, by Emily D Carter
Full Handed, by Marcia Chamberlain
Simple Gifts, by Anne Kissel
Sincerely, A Future Victim, by Frances Knaggs
Wildcat Thrives in Natural Habitat, by Daniel Reiss
Lost Soul, by Elizabeth Solazzo
Take Me, by Paul Bancel
Polite Society, by Rebecca Holder
In the Wildest Places, by DeLaney McGuire
The Crime of the Century, by William Smoot
A Bright, Whitewashed Room, by Nick T Watson
What We Lost, by Margaret M Anderson
Navigation, by Laura Apol
Mediation, by Sam Barbee
At the Back of My Closet, by Michael Boccardo
Portrait of My Mother as a Small Silence,
by Michael Boccardo
Mowing Mayberry, by Toby T. Bunton
Test Fire, by Ken Chamlee
If I Were Given One Week to Live, by David R Dixon
My Black Mother is Dying, by Morrow Dowdle
Behemoth, by Randall Edwards
Where Poems Live, by Jo Ann Hoffman
Freeway Migration, by John J. Hohn
Sentry Oak, by John J. Hohn
If I Never Called, by Dallas McInteer Lee
A Suitable Place, by Nancy Martin-Young
Flotsam, Jetsam, by David E Poston
No Stones, No Temples, by David E Poston
Warp & Woof, by David E Poston
Aiders of the Lost Art, by R. Lee Riley
With My Brother, Waiting for Morning,
by Betty Ritz Rogers
Magician, by Dominik S Slusarczyk
Drawing a Map, by Jeanette Burney Sullivan
Past Imperfect, by Julia Wendell
May Our Ghosts Feast Together,
by Zachariah Claypole White
A Bleak Day in Cooperstown, by Bob Wickless
Prairie Pond, by Glenna D Wolfe
Six Weeks in the Water, Eternity in a Box,
by John Thomas York
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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. Please read the guidelines thoroughly.
How to Submit
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. Poems should be submitted in a single file with each poem clearly separated from the others.
In the 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.
You can withdraw your submission prior to the announcement of the winners, but we cannot refund your
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.
All entries will be considered for publication.
Winning submissions in each of the three categories (Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry) will be awarded prizes of $400 for First Place, $200 for Second Place, and $100 for a total of $2,100 in prizes. All finalists will be accepted for publication and will receive one copy of the current issue of Flying South.
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.
Prizes and Rights
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 nonfiction 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.
Howard Pearre (Fiction Reader): Howard's fiction and memoir stories have appeared in Daniel Boone Footsteps anthologies, Flying South, GreenPrints magazine, and the Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. His short story September, 1957 received an honorable mention at the 2020 International Human Rights Arts Festival. He also writes articles promoting voting for the Winston-Salem Chronicle and is a board member of Winston-Salem Writers. He retired after a career as a counselor and manager with NC Vocational Rehabilitation and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
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 and is the current Managing Editor of Flying South. (www.stevelindahl.com)
Questions? Email: FlyingSouthLiteraryJournal@gmail.com