Winston-Salem Writers announces Flying South competition winners

Winston-Salem Writers announces Flying South competition winners
September 05
10:07 2019

Winston-Salem Writers has announced the winners of the 6th annual 2019 Flying South competition. The Flying South publication features this year’s winning entries, along with over 60 additional writers.

Entries were blind judged on the submission’s merit without consideration of the writer’s resume. Although submissions were received from all across the United States and other countries, it came down to three monetary winners:  

Non-Fiction, Best in Category and President’s Favorite ($1,000): “Some Things Can’t Be Fixed” by Pamela Akins. Originally from Texas, Pamela Akins spends her winters in Sarasota, Florida, and summers in New London, Connecticut. Following an early career in publishing and marketing in the Northeast, she founded Akins Marketing & Design, an ad agency serving regional, national and international accounts for 28 years. Her work has been published in A Letter Among Friends, Best of Writers in Paradise journal Sabal, and Emerald Coast Review. Her short story “Rodeo Kisses” was selected as Flyway Journal’s 2019 Sweet Corn Contest Fiction Winner. She is a contributing editor for the Florida Book Review.

Fiction, Best in Category ($500): “The Girl on the Bridge” by Helen Rossiter. Helen Rossiter lives in Ottawa, Canada. Fiction awards include winner of the Alice Munro Short Story contest, winner of the Canadian Authors Association short story contest, and second place in On The Premises. Her fiction has appeared in The Furious Gazelle, Avatar Review, Club House Press and others.

Poetry, Best in Category ($500): “Finishing Touch” by Donna Love Wallace. Donna Wallace lives in Lewisville, North Carolina, and is currently director of Poetry In Plain Sight, a Winston Salem Writers’ state-wide initiative placing poetry in public spaces. Her poetry appears in Kakalak 2017, The Paddock Review, Wild Goose Poetry Review and Plainsongs. Retired from nursing and teaching biblical studies, she rides her bicycle through the foothills and vineyards surrounding her home.

Flying South will be available for $12 at the Winston-Salem Writers vendor booth at Bookmarks Festival of Books and Authors on Sept. 7 on the corner of Spruce and Holly Streets. It is also available on Amazon. Cover art was designed by local artist and Winston-Salem Writers’ member Barbara Rizza Mellin. A book launch and reading will be held on Dec. 6 at Bookmarks.

Founded in 2005, Winston-Salem Writers is a group of writers who write fiction, non-fiction, plays and poetry, and who care about the art and craft of writing. They offer programs, workshops, critique groups, open mic nights, contests and writers’ nights out for both beginning writers and published authors. For more information, visit

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