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ATTENTION TEEN WRITERS!

 

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The Young Virginia Writers Club is the VWC's special outreach program for teen writers at the middle school and high school level. Activities include an annual writers' symposium (special discount for teens and teachers), writing contests and scholarship opportunities. Schools and community groups may contact the YVWC Chairperson for a list of VWC members who are available to speak and/or conduct workshops for teens who want to know more about the writing and publishing process. VWC members are also available to judge teen writing contests and provide e-mailed critiques of teen writings.

 

Below you will find details on our:

TEEN GOLDEN NIB WRITING CONTEST

YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP

YOUNG WRITER MEMBERSHIP

TEEN CONTEST WINNERS


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VIRGINIA WRITERS CLUB
Teen Golden Nib Writing Contest  

SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED (The deadline was MARCH 1, 2014)

Entries are now being judged.

 

DIVISIONS    Middle School & High School

CATEGORIES Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

LENGTH: (Poetry) 40-line limit; (Fiction and Nonfiction) 1,500 word limit.

 

CONTEST RULES & INFORMATION

• Limit (1) submission per category in appropriate division.

• All submissions must include a cover sheet with required information.

• Include (2) copies of each submission.

• The VWC is not responsible for contest submissions delivered late or lost in the mail.

• Only unpublished submissions will be accepted. Submissions must not have won first place in any other writing contest.

• Submissions not in accordance with rules or format will be disqualified.

• The Virginia Writers Club reserves the right to post a list of winners on our website and to post winning entries for a period of up to one year. After the contest, all rights revert to the author.

 

FORMAT

All pages of a submitted work should include the following header information: division, category, title and page number (NOT NAME!). If author’s name appears on any page of the manuscript other than the cover sheet, the entry will be disqualified.

• 12 pt. Times Roman font.

• Double spaced on 8-1/2 x 11 inch white paper with 1-inch margins. (Poetry - single spaced.)

 

COVER SHEET INFORMATION REQUIRED

Division & Category:

Title:

Student Name (first,middle,last):

Current Grade Level:

Birthdate (Month/Day/Year):

__ Male __ Female

Expected Year of Graduation:

__ Parent __ Teacher Full Name:

(For Teachers) Name of School & Phone #:

Address/City/State/Zip:                     

E-mail:

 

Entries must be postmarked by MARCH 1, 2014

Mail to: Virginia Writers Club, Inc., P. O. Box 94, Somerset, VA 22972

AWARDS (in each division and category): 1st ($50) 2nd ($25) 3rd ($10)

Winners to be posted on “Young Writers” page of VWC website as well as

notified by e-mail in MAY.

For more information, contact:  Linda Layne, Youth Outreach

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2013-2014 VWC YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP - $500*

SUBMISSIONS NOW CLOSED

The deadline was - MARCH 1, 2014

Applications are currently under review.

In keeping with the Club’s vision to foster the art, craft, business and advocacy of the literary arts, the Virginia Writers Club (VWC) awards one college scholarship each academic year.

Eligibility:

The VWC Scholarship is open to

Virginia residents who meet the following criteria:

1.  Applicant must currently be a high school or a home-schooled senior who will be enrolled at an accredited college or university during the next academic year;

2.  Must have a GPA of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 .

ESSAY REQUIREMENT & GUIDELINES

The VWC Scholarship Committee has assigned the following essay topic for 2013-2014:

How are contemporary writers affecting changes in the attitudes and beliefs of today’s society.

 

       1. Essays must be unpublished original work and written solely by the applicant.

       2. Essays will be judged by a panel of no less than three qualified VWC members appointed by the 1st Vice President who chairs the VWC Scholarship Committee.

       3. The VWC reserves the right to publish the submitted essays in its publications. Application for the scholarship constitutes awardee’s consent for the VWC to publish his/her essay, name, city and state of residence, high schools attended, and the amount of the scholarship without requiring further permission, consent, payment or other consideration, unless prohibited by law.

Format:

       1.  The essay must be written in English.

       2.  The essay must be between 850-1,000 words.

       3.  The essay must be double-spaced and in Times New Roman 12-point type throughout, with one-inch margins.  Leave a ragged right margin.

       4.  Identifying information about the student must appear ONLY on the application form and not in the essay

       5.  The title of the essay should appear at the top of page one and on the left in the header or succeeding pages; all pages after the first should be numbered on the right in the footer.

       6.  Pages should be fastened by one staple in the upper left corner.

 

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

 

The Scholarship Application Packet must include:

       1.  Completed High School Scholarship Application Form

       2.  Cover letter: No more than one page containing a brief outline of applicant’s education and writing goals and a statement why the applicant should receive the award

       3.  One printed copy of the essay. The applicant’s name should not appear anywhere on the essay pages.

       4.  A CD or thumbdrive with electronic copy of the essay saved as MSWord (.doc/.docx) or Rich Text (.rtf).

       5.  A copy of the applicant’s current transcript (cumulative 2.0 or better GPA on a 4.0 scale)

       6.  Two letters of reference from people who know the applicant well enough to speak with confidence about his or her character, potential and abilities (i.e., teacher, family member, coach).

Submission Method:

       All applications must be mailed. All essays must be either typed or computer-generated in Times New Roman 12-point type on 8.5” x 11” paper. Reference letters must be submitted as part of the scholarship application packet. Only completed applications will be considered.

Timeline:  Application Deadline: March 1. Winner to be notified by July 1.

Send packets to:  Linda Layne, YVWC Chairperson

P. O. Box 94, Somerset, VA 22972

 

If questions, e-mail Linda Layne. 

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VIRGINIA WRITERS CLUB

HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

Personal Information:

First & Last Name

Address

City/State/Zip

Phone

E-mail

Educational Information:

High School & City/State/Zip

Year of Graduation

University/College attending next academic year

City/State/Zip

Major/Intended Major

Parent(s) or Guardian(s):

Name(s) & Relationship

Address(es)

AGREEMENT

I confirm that:

       The essay I have submitted as part of the VWC Scholarship requirements is my original work and, as such, I retain the copyright to its use.  I understand that a panel of VWC members will judge this application and that their decisions are final. I hereby give the Virginia Writers Club permission to publish my essay in VWC publications and on the VWC web site. I understand my essay and CD/thumbdrive will not be returned to me.

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sIGNATURE & date

 

NEWS RELEASE INFORMATION

Information to be included in news releases for award recipient: Name, city and state of residence; Name of high school and year of graduation; College/university planning to attend; Major, if decided, and; Name(s) of parent(s) or guardian(s).

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Membership is free. Students who enter our writing contests are automatically enrolled.

Otherwise, to join and be added to the mailing list for announcements,

please download, complete and mail the MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION. (pdf)

 

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CONTEST RESULTS FOR 2012-2013 TEEN GOLDEN NIB

HIGH SCHOOL - POETRY

1st - "Dreamer" by Amanda K. Johnson

2nd - "Flying" by Brittany E. Crow

3rd - "Winter 2013" by Jacob Hopkins

MIDDLE SCHOOL - POETRY

1st - "My Grandfather's Teddy Bear" by Lauren A. Murtha

2nd - "Sketchbook Past" by Robin J. Schwartzkopf

3rd - "In My Dreams" by Julia S. Gibson

Honorable Mention - "Where Poetry Hides" by Robert E. Beran

 

HIGH SCHOOL - NONFICTION

1st - "Art" by Mikayla Thompson

2nd - "Dealing with Dyslexia" by Maddie Smith

3rd - "A Cappella" by Amanda Johnson

MIDDLE SCHOOL - NONFICTION

1st - "Grandma's Shed" by Lora You

2nd - "My Memory" by Malavi Ravindran

3rd - "Animal Abuse/Neglect" by Lauren A. Murtha

 

HIGH SCHOOL - FICTION

1st - "Record" by Saleha M. Malik

2nd - "The Morning After" by Ben L. Hare

3rd - "My Body" by Alaina K. Johansson

MIDDLE SCHOOL - FICTION

1st - "Hideout" by Robin J. Schwartzkopf

2nd - "Rekiv and the Maiden" by Kayleigh J. McCoy

3rd - "The Year Everything Changed" by Charlotte R. Zerbst

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Robin J. Schwartzkopf

Student of Patricia M. Walker, Moody Middle School

Henrico County Public Schools

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

(updated June 10, 2013

 

TEENS WRITERS INVITED TO ATTEND!

 

 

Creative Writing Day Camp for Grades 3-12

Join WriterHouse in Charlottesville, VA for two one-week sessions, July 15-19 and July 22-26. Scholarships available for low-income families. Visit Charlottesvillewritingcamp.org.

 

The Washington Post - KidsPost Poetry Contest

Deadline March 18, 2013

(For Ages 5 - 14)

 

Peace Essay Contest - Deadline April 22, 2013

Sponsored by the Richmond Peace Education Center

The theme for this year's contest is "Learning to Live in Peace." What roles do our families or those who raise us play in teaching us about peace? The contest is open to any elementary, middle, or high school student in Virginia. It offers a top prize of $100 in each of four grade divisions.Seven additional cash prizes are also will also be awarded. The deadline for entries is April 22, 2013. Entry forms, along with contest rules and complete description of the writing prompt are available at Richmond Peace Education Center's website or by emailing rpec@rpec.org.

 

RICHMOND YOUNG WRITERS

Spring 2013 After-School Intensives

Summer 2013 Writing Workshops

Registration required. Events held at Chop Suey Books in Carytown.

 

 

FEBRUARY 14, 2013 - HIGH SCHOOL SHORT STORY Contest Deadline

The Gaithersburg Book Festival SHORT STORY CONTEST  is open to HIGH SCHOOL students in Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. AWARD: $100 first prize. Stories must be 1,000 words or fewer. Full rules and regulations -- including the three opening lines from which students can pick -- are at this website: http://gaithersburgbookfestival.org/gbf-programs/short-story-contest

 

 

 

2012 VWC College Scholarship Winner

 

 

TRACY AKERS

Colonial Heights, VA

(Attended Colonial Heights High School, now attending the University of Richmond)

Scholarship Application Essay Topic:  “Looking at the current trends, how do you foresee the

future as it relates to written works, and how will this affect you as a writer?”

 

"THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT"

TRACY AKERS - 2012 VWC Scholarship Essay.pdf

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Winners of the 2012 Teen Golden Nib Contest

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Jacob Hopkins, Courtland High School (Teacher: Stephenie Fellinger)

HIGH SCHOOL - POETRY

1st Place:  "Maybe Someday" by Jacob Hopkins, Courtland High School

2nd Place:  "Beneath the Blanket" by Eesha Choudhari, Grafton High School

3rd Place:  'Running from Fate" by Sajada Taylor, Armstrong High School

HIGH SCHOOL - FICTION

1st Place:  "Stan Gold Bowls a Near-Perfect Game" by Jacob Hopkins, Courtland H.S.

2nd Place:  "The Waterfall" by Katherine Weber, Glen Allen High School

3rd Place:  "Wallpaper World" by Raven Marie Morris, Homeworks Academy

HIGH SCHOOL - NONFICTION

(No contest. Not enough entrires)

MIDDLE SCHOOL - POETRY

1st Place:  "Dandelions: Past & Present" by Jikai Zheng, Moody Middle School

2nd Place:  "Lemon-sour Summer" by Kaleigh McCoy, Charlottesville Waldorf School

3rd Place: "The Gift of Life" by Christina Sabochick, Grafton Middle School

MIDDLE SCHOOL - FICTION

1st Place:  "A Blind Eye" by Lanie Bittner, Bittner Homeschool

2nd Place:  "The Soft Side of a Criminal" by Robin Schwartzkopf, Moody Middle School

3rd Place:  "The Other Side" by Chandler Howard, Grafton Middle School

MIDDLE SCHOOL - NONFICTION

1st Place:  "The Perfect Playground" by Robin Schwartzkopf, Moody Middle School

2nd Place:  "Dear Allie" by Christina Sabochick, Grafton Middle School

3rd Place:  "Elwood" by Katherine Hearns, Moody Middle School 

 

 

 
 
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