The Blue Ridge Writers Chapter, Virginia Writers Club, Inc. (hereafter, BRWC) serves the cities of Charlottesvile, Lexington, Staunton, and Waynesboro; and the counties of Albemarle, Augusta, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson, Orange and Page.

2018 BRWC CONTEST RULES (deadline June 30 2018)

The Blue Ridge Writers Chapter Annual Writing Contest is the first tier of the Virginia Writers Club, Inc., annual Golden Nib Contest. After our chapter-level contest concludes, the first-place winners in each category (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry) from each chapter are forwarded to the VWC, for the statewide-level Golden Nib Contest.

All entries must be received by email by midnight June 30, 2018. Submissions should be sent to the contest coordinator, SARAH HONENBERGER (editmore2@hotmail.com), with “Blue Ridge Contest Entry” in the subject line. Submissions will be acknowledged by e-mail.

1. Entries will be accepted on any subject the author or poet chooses in the categories of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

2. Manuscripts must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant, and must not have won a prize at any level in any other competition. However, since the VWC State competition now allows entries published in personal blogs, the BRWC will accept those types of entries. Writing published in blogs other than your own or on social network sites or in an online publication is ineligible and should not be submitted.

3. All entrants must be current dues-paying members of BRWC. E-mail our treasurer, Bruce Bertelsen bibertelsen@verizon.net BEFORE e-mailing your entry to check your dues status. If you are not a member, download and complete our membership application and mail it to Bruce before submitting your entry.

4. Entrants may submit only one entry per category of fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

5. NEW! Fiction and nonfiction entries are limited to 3,500 words. Poetry entries are limited to 50 lines.

6. Format: 
a. A separate cover sheet in a separate Word Document file to include author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, title of work, number of words (fiction and nonfiction) or lines (poetry) and category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry).

b. All other pages must show contest category, title and page number in the header. If the author’s name appears on any page of the manuscript other than the cover sheet, the entry will be disqualified.

c. All entries must be submitted as a Word doc. Documents must be formatted in Times New Roman, 12-point to 14-point font size, page setup for 8 x 11-inch paper. 
Prose entries must be double-spaced, with one-inch margins top, bottom and left, and a ragged right margin. Poetry entries may be single-spaced without margin restrictions.

7. Submissions not in accord with format and other guidelines will be disqualified.

BRWC will announce winners in each category by August. First place winners on the regional BRWC level are submitted to the VWC statewide competition in September. VWC winning entries in each category will be published in PDF format on the VWC Web site. All other rights remain the property of the author.


Blue Ridge Writers Chapter has ongoing critique group sessions held on the third Friday afternoon of the month. For information, contact Louise M. Mitchell, Critique and Retreat Facilitator, louise-mitchell@comcast.net or Carol Cutler, Critique Facilitator, carolcutler@embarqmail.com.


      The Blue Ridge Writers Chapter (formerly known as the Charlottesville Writers) was founded in 1991 with the primary purpose of serving both aspiring and published writers in Central Virginia. Using programs and activities to encourage interaction between new and veteran writers, major goals include the support and stimulation of the art, craft, and business of writing; mentoring programs for teen writers; workshops and teaching forums for members; and advocacy for the literary arts in the communities served by the chapter. In addition to our Charlottesville group, we have two satellite groups: Skyline Writers' (meets in Luray) and SWAG (meets in Staunton). More info about our satellite groups below.
    Our chapter's Charlottesville group meets monthly, unless otherwise noted, in the downstairs conference room of the Virginia Foundation for Humanities, 145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia (take the first left, after turning off 250W into the Boar's Head Inn Complex). 

SATELLITE GROUPS of the Blue Ridge Writers:

Skyline Writers’ Circle is a satellite group of the Blue Ridge Writers (BRW) chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. It was founded and is facilitated Janell Robisch, who is an author, BRW/VWC member, and Luray resident. The group is new, with its first meeting in February 2017, so they are still finding their feet and their direction, whether that will be with support, critiques, speakers, and/or open mic sessions. If you are interested in attending meetings, please contact Janell at Janell.robisch[at]gmail.com. Meetings will be held at Trackside Theater in Luray (32 E Main St.) at 2:00 pm on the second Saturday of each month starting on February 11, 2017.

SWAG is the Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta satellite group of the Blue Ridge Writers Chapter. Their aim is to elevate the profile of area writers and to promote the literary arts in Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County. (They also welcome participation from Blue Ridge members elsewhere!) Facilitator: Clifford Garstang - cliff.garstang[at]gmail.com


(Administration, Newsletter, Website, Young Writers)     Linda M. Layne     blueridgewriters[at]gmail.com

(Programming)  Linda M. Layne   blueridgewriters[at]gmail.com and Leslie Truex  leslietruex[at]gmail.com

(Annual Writers' Retreat)    Louise M. Mitchell   louise-mitchell[at]Comcast.net

(Book Fair)   Carolyn O'Neal    carolynoneal[at]Comcast.net

(Critique Sessions)    Louise M. Mitchell   louise-mitchell[at]comcast.net and Carol Cutler carolcutler91[at]gmail.com

(SWAG: Staunton-Waynesboro-Augusta satellite group)    Clifford Garstang    cliff.garstang[at]gmail.com

(Skyline Writers' Circle:  Luray area satellite group)    Janell E. Robisch    Janell.robisch[at]gmail.com

(Membership)    Bruce Bertelsen, Treasurer    bibertelsen[at]verizon.net

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