Value of Membership

The Value of SCWA Membership

The South Carolina Writers Association is a literary arts non-profit organization offering a supportive environment for people to become better writers no matter where they are in their writing endeavors.

How does SCWA achieve that mission? What do members get for the annual membership fee? 

SCWA provides support to members by offering a wide variety of tools, education, events, and resources. These include:

Critique Groups
Writers need readers. At the core of writer learning is access to other writers and the ability to submit work for critique and feedback in a supportive and constructive environment. Membership provides access to chapters across the state.

Annual Conference/Retreat
The annual SCWA conference/retreat brings together accomplished writers and faculty, giving members the opportunity to improve writing skills, network with other writers, and learn more about the publishing world. Writers can have their pieces critiqued by professionals in the industry. These events are competitively priced with discounted registration fees for members, delivering maximum value for cost.  

Regional Workshops
Throughout the year, SCWA fosters workshops across the state on a variety of topics including craft development, query/synopsis writing, and how to self-publish and promote one’s work. Members enjoy discounted registration fees for these events.

SCWA offers a range of publishing opportunities for new and veteran writers. Through a competitive submissions process, the best in writing across the state is highlighted. Didn’t get in this year? Try again next year! These include:

  • The Petigru Review: A digital literary journal that includes fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. It also accepts website content like reviews and craft essays. Submit your work or just enjoy a good online read!
  • Catfish Stew: An annual print anthology which accepts all genres and highlights the best in writing from SCWA members. The anthology seeks to use members’ work to tell the story of the organization for the year.

The Quill Newsletter
The Quill, a monthly email newsletter, is a helpful resource to keep members up to date on all the latest happenings across the organization. From news on upcoming events and submission opportunities to insights on writing and updates from local chapters and members’ published works, this newsletter is a great way to stay informed about the SCWA.

Member Blogs, Promotion, and Social Media
The website is home for all news regarding the organization and our members. Learn about our members’ websites and follow their blogs as they navigate the complex world of writing. Got a blog/website/book you’d like to promote? Add it to the site! Meet and interact with other members by following us on Facebook and Twitter. The opportunities for interaction and collaboration are boundless when one joins the SCWA community.

Among the many benefits of membership, perhaps the most rewarding is the camaraderie, the experience of being part of the South Carolina writing community. SCWA is a group that values creativity and appreciates the diversity of the membership as well as the wide range of writing produced. It provides an opportunity to share experiences and learn from peers and professionals to help members achieve their writing goals.

SCWA Board of Directors

February 2020

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Submission Opportunities

Hi guys,

We’re back with some upcoming submission opportunities. Make sure to check the date on these. Some deadlines are a week away and some are the end of February.


The Pinch is a great little magazine. A friend of mine got contacted by an agent to see more work after she had a story in this magazine.

A contest for poets and prose writers:

If you write about the outdoors, this may be the journal for you:

Great little journal out of NYU:

Any place that pays for work is worth another look. See Wordrunner eChapbooks below:

I love Ninth Letter. And they pay well ~ $25/printed page.


Vestal Review is back! They were not accepting submissions for awhile. Nice to see this flash fiction stalwart back in business.

Another well respected flash journal.

This journal is looking for flash fiction ghost stories!


A journal looking for poems:

A residency contest for poets. Enter for a chance to win a ten day residency during Antioch’s MFA residency. Sounds amazing!

Chance for paid publication of a poetry chapbook:


Here’s one of the contests Jonathan Bohr Heinen told us about at the conference!

If you have a story collection ready, you may want to submit to this contest. Sarabande Books is a very well-respected and award-winning small press based in Louisville, KY.

Enter the first few pages of your novel!


Upstreet is another well-known, quality journal:

Why not shoot for the best in southern magazines? They’re open for submissions!

Before I sign off, I wanted to mention my feeling about submissions. I love submitting my work to literary magazines. In fact, I love it so much, I even love the rejections. What I realized at some point is that every rejection means I’m closer to an acceptance. I know that if I’m going to have anything accepted, getting rejected is part of the process.

Happy submitting, y’all, and good luck,




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The Quill-B, Edition 2, January 21, 2019

South Carolina Writers Association
Edition 2, January 21, 2019 Editors: Sue Cryer & Jayne Padgett Bowers

Dear SCWA Members:
Welcome to the second edition of The Quill-B!

Hopefully all of our members have already read the latest New Year themed Quill-B blog, penned by Jayne Padgett Bowers and titled Mine The Moments. In case you missed it, here is our website link

A copy of the first edition of the Quill-B containing member news is also now posted on our website under The Quill

If you have member news and have not seen it reflected on our website or in a Quill-B edition, please stay posted. A faster process for acquiring member news and posting submission opportunities is coming your way.


Camden Chapter

– Members Kathryn Etters Lovatt, Brenda Bevan Remmes, and Martha Dabbs Greenway have stories in Wild, Wonderful ‘n Wacky South Cackalacky: True Strories about life in South Carolina, a collection “written from the heart by the people who live here.” Lovatt, a Pushcart nominee and Carrie McCray award winner, contributed “A Bushel and a Peck;” Remmes, the author of three novels, wrote “The Painter,” a story that her group hopes she will expand into a novel; and Greenway’s piece, “A Day’s Journey,” is a proof positive that even day trips can be adventurous in South Carolina.
– Kathryn Etters Lovatt also has a poem, “Wash,” in The Rose in the World.
– Jayne Padgett Bowers has an essay titled “Shouldering On” in Teach. Write.: A Writing Teacher’s Literary Journal.

Columbia II Chapter

– Bonnie Stanards’s poem “In the Shade of Cherry Trees” is published online in the January issue of The American Journal of Poetry. The poem touches on language and its corruption by Washington, DC. The link to The American Journal of Poetry is Her poem, “The Sensuals of Living in the South” was a finalist for the 2018 Rash Award in Poetry sponsored by the Broad River Review, a literary journal of Gardner-Webb University. ( The poem will appear in Volume 51 of the Broad River Review.

David Maring’s latest book, Zimbabwe Falcon, has been reviewed by Mid-West Book Review, Visit David’s website for more information on all seven of his published works

2019 will be a year of continued change for TPR. Please stay tuned for more member opportunities and news on TPR.
For now, please note the following corrections/additions or the 2018/19 edition:
– The author of the novel first chapter first place winner is Candace J. Carter.
– The author of the poetry third place winner is June Freeman Baswell.

Pushcart Nominations:
Vivian Bikulege Cuttings NF
Kathryn Etters Lovatt Chains Fic
Allen Guest Nick’s Bar Poetry
Bob Strother Pink Tree NF
Tibby Plants Retirement Fic
Marcie Behm-Bultz The Maori Believe that Man Is Eating the Ice Poetry

You will find hard copies and kindle editions of current and past editions of The Petrigru Review at

Access the on-line version of TPR at

Thank you for your time. We look forward to serving you, our SCWA membership, in 2019.

Never forget the power of a quill!

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Board of Directors: Bios


Amber Wheeler Bacon is a writer, teacher and literacy specialist. She currently works as both the reading and writing coach at Coastal Montessori Charter School, a public Montessori school in Georgetown County, and as an English instructor at Horry-Georgetown Technical College. In 2018, she earned an MFA from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her writing has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Epiphany, CRAFT, Ruminate, Post Road Magazine, New Ohio Review and Crazyhorse. She also regularly reviews fiction titles for Ploughshares. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of the 2018 Breakout 8 Writers Prize sponsored by Epiphany and The Author’s Guild. She grew up in the Atlanta area, and now lives on the South Carolina coast.


Dr. Kasie Whitener is a member of the South Carolina Council on Humanities Speaker’s Bureau and a professor of entrepreneurship at the University of South Carolina. Her most recent literary conference credentials include faculty posts at Winter Wheat Literary Festival at Bowling Green State University in 2017 and the Pat Conroy Literary Center’s 2018 Lowcountry Book Club Convention. She leads Write On SC, a radio program and podcast dedicated to showcasing South Carolina authors. Dr. Whitener has published short fiction in literary journals like The Petigru Review, Spry, and Kairos, and won the Carrie McCray Award for Short Fiction in 2016 with “Cover Up.” As managing partner of Clemson Road Consulting, Dr. Whitener has directed projects in software implementation, change management, and process discovery and design. She leads 1 Million Cups Columbia, a Kaufman Foundation program promoting entrepreneurship, and co-founded the Women’s Business Center of South Carolina. Dr. Whitener is a passionate entrepreneur in which capacity she hosts Start Something, Columbia! a radio broadcast and podcast sponsored by the WBC of SC.


Mike is a retired business executive who helps people and organizations develop effectively. His professional background involved business corporate and operating roles including the HR/People and Organization Development functions. In addition to serving on volunteer boards Mike is an avid reader and a writer.

Mike is a graduate of Sir George Williams University (Concordia), Montreal, Canada. He is inspired by positive people who try to improve their lives and the lives of others.


Steve is a retired industrial trainer, training manager, and technical writer. Now he’s embarked on a new career as a college instructor and a creative writer. He’s active in SCWA, which he strongly encourages you to join if you haven’t. He is also a member of the North Carolina Writers Network, the Georgia Writers Association, and the Florida Writers Association.

Steve’s work has been published in Catfish Stew, Savannah Anthology 2015 and The Petigru Review. He’s also written several books, including his new novel Faith, Hope, and Dr. Vangelis!

CO-EDITOR The Petigru Review and Quill-B: SUE CRYER

Sue Cryer is a former Newspaper Correspondent and contributor for the The State Newspaper (SC), The Newburyport Daily News (MA), The Chatham Courier (NY), and The Register Star (Hudson, NY). She currently resides in Chapin, South Carolina where she does Freelance Writing, runs her home business (Sue’s Home Solutions), serves as member and blog writer to the South Carolina Writers Association Board of Directors, and has raised her family. She also served on local PTO and HOA boards in addition to volunteering with the Chapin High School Band Boosters, and church based Grief Group Counseling, Domestic Abuse Assistance, and Bereavement events.


A semi-retired educator, Jayne’s work has appeared in The Petigru Review, the Main Street Rag, the Ensign, and Guideposts. She’s the author of Musings of a Missionary Mom, Eve’s Sisters, and Crossing the Bridge: Succeeding in a Community College and Beyond. First place winner in the 2016 Carrie McCray Nonfiction Award, Jayne is also an editor and designer of the Camden Chapter’s two anthologies, Serving Up Memory and What I Wish I Could Tell You.


Roger Jones is founder, CEO and president of one of South Carolina’s largest independent real estate development and management firms. He also founded a South Carolina literacy organization called Book Buddies that eventually merged with a west coast literacy effort to form the national literacy association called Reading Partners. He has served on numerous non-profit boards including The South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.

He has self-published a book of personal poems and is a current board member of the South Carolina Writers Association. His first fiction novel is in final revisions and he has studied writing with the authors and editors Sue Monk Kidd, Bob Meyer, C J Lyons, Nina Bruhns and Mary Alice Monroe.


Ann Williams is passionate about the literary arts. Being a literary artist that published her own work, she is aware of many in our community that take on this task. Being an independent publisher of one’s own work does not mean going it alone. Sharing knowledge is the cornerstone of the Indie spirit that Ann is imbued with. Publishing using Professional Industry Standards should be the goal of all literary artists. The setting of realistic goals and having fact-based expectations is of great importance.


Patrick is the Emmy Award-winning host, co-creator and writer of the popular ETV nature program Expeditions with Patrick McMillan. For over 20 years, Patrick has worked as a professional naturalist, biologist and educator. His range of experience has concentrated on botany, though he is also well-respected through his work in ichthyology, herpetology and mammalogy. Patrick is a professional naturalist, the Glenn and Heather Hilliard Professor of Environmental Sustainability at Clemson University, where he is also a faculty member in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation, the director of the South Carolina Botanical Garden, the Bob Campbell Geology Museum and the Clemson Experimental Forest and an honorary member of the Clemson University Class of 1939.

Patrick received his BS in Biology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and his PhD in Biological Sciences from Clemson University. His research has been featured in both National Wildlife and South Carolina Wildlife magazines, as well as in numerous articles in The State, the Greenville News and other local and regional newspapers. He is a contributor to the book Life at the Water’s Edge, which won the 2005 Renewable Natural Resources Foundation’s Outstanding Achievement Award and has been selected to receive one of 10 South Carolina Notable State Document Awards for 2005.

Patrick’s intense interest in natural history began at a very young age. He attributes his memorization of thousands of scientific names to his grandmother, who would read him Animal Kingdom and wildflower books as a young child, including the Latin names—quite a contrast to Dr. Seuss! He spent his early childhood in the Fakahatchee Strand and Big Cypress Swamp with his father and grandfather. From there, his research has taken him around the world in pursuit of new species of plants, and his areas of expertise are in sedge and Begonia taxonomy, natural community ecology and conservation biology.


Mary Sturgill is an award-winning journalist who is an anchor/reporter for News 19 WLTX in Columbia, SC. As a journalist she’s lived all over the country covering stories on every topic. Originally from North Carolina, she graduated from University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a degree in English literature. She attended graduate school at Arizona State University to receive her masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communications at the Walter Cronkite School. Whether it’s with her blogs, her talks, or the stories she tells everyday, her motivation is; to shed light, to empower and to make a difference.


Ann Chaney was born and raised in rural southeastern North Carolina. As a young girl, she read every Trixie Belden and Cherry Ames Series book she could get her hands on which led to a lifelong obsession with reading series! She waits impatiently for her favorite authors’ next book to be available on Amazon.

The first of her family to attend college, she attended University of North Carolina at Greensboro, majoring in European and Russian History. She was also the first woman in her family to serve in the military.

Married to her hero, after 8 household moves in 34 years, they have returned to her roots in North Carolina. She spends her days and nights writing compelling stories set against the backdrop of Regency England and the Peninsular Wars.


Adrienne Mathues can’t remember a time she wasn’t surrounded by books or making up stories. She has worked as a librarian in public, academic, and corporate settings before joining a small medical device company in the upstate of South Carolina.

She has been a member of SCWA since graduate school, and attended meetings at the Aiken and Greenville chapters. In 2016 she joined the staff of The Petigru Review, and took over its production in 2017.


Originally from British Columbia, Canada, Carol-Ann serves as president of SCWA, bringing the experience of serving on three non-profit boards.. She was formerly the writer for The Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald Newspaper-In-Education chapter. Following that, she created a series of thirty-nine Character Education stories for middle-grade students with supporting materials featured in a number of newspapers across the country. She was also a Technical Writer for three national corporations as well as a columnist for two online newspapers. Currently, she is submitting a Middle-Grade and a New Adult novel to two agents upon request. Her work has been published in two issues of The Petigru Review. In addition, she is an artist focusing on illustrating one of her children’s manuscripts.


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