Location: Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (Boar's Head) conference room

Upcoming events

    • 10/15/2017
    • 12/15/2017


     ENTRIES ACCEPTED:  October 15 – December 15

    WINNERS ANNOUNCED:  February, 2018


    • All entries must be mailed with a completed CONTEST ENTRY FORM. If a student is entering more than one category, only one entry form is required

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

    • Only unpublished manuscripts will be accepted.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


    • Submissions not in accordance with format and other rules 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.


    • Cover sheet (REQUIRED!) to include: (a) name; (b) division; (c) category; (d) title.


    • All other pages with division, category, title and page number in header only. If author’s name appears on any page of the manuscript other than the cover sheet, the entry will be disqualified.

    • Submissions must include 2 copies of manuscript.

    • Manuscripts must be in 12 pitch Times New Roman type, double-spaced on 8-1/2 x 11-inch white paper with one-inch margins, ragged right margin. Poetry may be single spaced.

    LENGTH:  Poetry has a 40-line limit • Fiction and Nonfiction has a 1,500-word limit.

    DIVISIONS & CATEGORIES Limit (1) entry per category in appropriate division.

     • MIDDLE SCHOOL: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction

     • HIGH SCHOOL: Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction



     Entries must be postmarked no later than December 15 (no exceptions).

     MAIL entries to: VWC-Teen Golden Nib, P. O. Box 94, Somerset, VA 22972

     CONTEST AWARDS (in each division and category)

     1st ($50) 2nd ($25) 3rd ($10)

    For more information, contact Linda Layne, VWC Teen Outreach



    • 11/04/2017
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Richmond Times-Dispatch Hanover Production Facility, 8460 Richmond Times-Dispatch Blvd, Mechanicsville, VA

    2017 Annual Meeting, Awards Ceremony & Centennial Launch

    Saturday, November 4, 2017

    10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Richmond Times-Dispatch Hanover Production Facility, 8460 Richmond Times-Dispatch Blvd, Mechanicsville, VA

    Join us to celebrate:

    • Golden Nib Winners
    • Special Achievement Awards
    • The opening of Centennial Year & Anthology 
    • Lunch (see lunch selections below)*
    • Workshop on Self-Publishing 
    • Book Raffle* & Gift Basket* Silent Auction Fundraiser to benefit the VWC Education & Scholarship Fund
    • Bring your books to sell!*
    Register by October 27th
    Cost: $35 per Member/Guest

    If you have any questions, contact Leslie Truex.

    Self-Publishing 101 Workshop

    Presented by Liz Long

    Self-publishing has never been easier, which means you must understand your options to stand out from the crowd. From control over your edits and marketing, great writer communities encouraging growth and networking, and the plethora of options to choose from all the above, we'll discuss how to get started and just how far you can go with indie authordom. 



    Liz Long is the Associate Editor for LeisureMedia360 (The Roanoker, bridebook, Blue Ridge Country magazines; VA Travel Guide) in Roanoke, VA. She is a USA Today bestselling author of ten independently published novels and a public speaker, covering topics from self-publishing to magazine writing. She is also the Director of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference and the annual Roanoke Author Invasion. To learn more about Liz, including info on her books, plus writing, marketing and social media tips, and writer pep talks, visit her website at lizclong.com.


    *Additional information:

    BOXED LUNCH SELECTIONS (Indicate your choice on the registration form.)
       Roasted Turkey BLT – Sliced turkey, bacon, lettuce, & tomato with pesto mayonnaise on a wheat roll.
       Roasted Pork Roll – Slow-roasted pork loin thinly sliced with spicy mustard, homemade pickles, & cheddar cheese on a chive roll.
       Vegetarian Beet Wrap – Slow-roasted beets, homemade apricot goat cheese, crisp kohlrabi, cucumbers, baby greens, & tomatoes in a flour tortilla.
       Chopped Deli Salad – Virginia bacon, ham, turkey, Swiss & American cheese, hard-boiled egg, & tomato tossed with shredded romaine and served with buttermilk ranch dressing.
       Fresh Garden Salad – Cucumbers, veggie slaw, & grape tomatoes over baby greens.

    You also get the choice of two sides, chips, potato salad, fruit salad, and mini-garden salad. 

    MEMBER BOOK SALES VWC members are invited to display and sell their books at our Annual Meeting during the morning “Meet & Greet” period, and in the afternoon during the book signing session. We will have a limited number of book display tables, so be prepared to share table space with two or three other authors! (Sales are limited to VWC members who register and pay to attend the annual meeting.) It is suggested that you bring 5-10 copies of each book and have additional copies in your car if you need them. Check "YES" on the registration form if you plan to participate.

    BOOKS NEEDED FOR RAFFLE FUNDRAISER. Members and/or guests are encouraged to donate a new book(s) for our annual meeting raffle fundraiser to benefit the VWC Education & Scholarship Fund. The donated book can be a member’s published book, or any other new book. Books are to be brought on the day of the event and placed on the designated raffle table for display. If you are not attending the meeting and would still like to donate a book, please let Linda Layne know so you can make arrangements to mail the book in advance of the event. PLEASE CONTACT US IN ADVANCE to be included on the Raffle Donor List in the meeting program: Linda Layne vwcmail@aol.com.

    GIFT BASKETS NEEDED FOR SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER. Each VWC Chapter is encouraged to contribute a basket to be auctioned via silent bids to benefit the VWC Education & Scholarship Fund. Members and/or guests are welcome to contribute a basket, as well. Baskets can be regional, literary, or just great gifts. Contact Linda Layne in advance of the annual meeting by OCTOBER 27 with a jazzy title for the basket, a list of contents and approximate values, so she can prepare the bid sheets with those details. VWC Chapters, or other donors, will be responsible for delivery to the Annual Meeting on the day of the event. Contact: Linda Layne vwcmail@aol.com.

    BY OCTOBER 27!
    ONLINE: Register & Pay by Credit Card
    Be sure to indicate your lunch choice on the registration.
    BY MAIL: VWC, P. O. Box 94, Somerset, VA 22972
    Provide e-mail address (for confirmation),
    your name, guest name (if applicable), and
    check ($35 per person) payable to: VA Writers Club
    Note: FREE for Lifetime Members,
    however, pre-registration still required! 


Past events

10/14/2017 2-in-1 Writing Workshop in Luray, VA
10/14/2017 7th Annual Parade of Prose
10/09/2017 Feature-Writing Workshop
08/05/2017 2017 Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium
06/21/2017 [WRITER'S RETREAT] "Finding Esse: Nurturing the Soul of the Writer"
06/17/2017 [Guest Speaker] Bryan Nowak, Paranormal Suspense Author - "My Experiences Writing & Publishing Genre Fiction"
05/24/2017 Brad Parks and Domnica Radulescu at Ox-Eye Vineyards
05/15/2017 2017 Golden Nib Writing Contest
05/13/2017 May 13, 2017 Board of Governors Meeting
04/29/2017 Mapping Your Writing Journey
04/22/2017 Hanover Book Festival 2017
04/15/2017 Tips & Steps to Take When Freelancing the Nonfiction Article
03/22/2017 2017 VA Festival of the Book
02/25/2017 TEEN WRITERS - New Fredericksburg Group
02/11/2017 Inaugural Meeting - Skyline Writers' Circle
02/04/2017 February 2017 BoG Meeting
12/10/2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline for Winter Edition
11/05/2016 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
10/08/2016 6th Annual Parade of Prose
09/17/2016 VWC September 2016 Board of Governors Meeting - NOTE CHANGE IN DATE
09/10/2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter deadline for Fall Edition
08/06/2016 Navigating Your Writing Life 2016 Symposium
07/09/2016 Lake Writers Present Diane Fanning
06/10/2016 2016 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium
06/10/2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Summer Edition Submission Deadline
06/09/2016 Lake Writers Present Kathleen Grissom
05/31/2016 Lake Writers Present Sharyn McCrumb
05/12/2016 Lake Writers Present James Nagy
05/07/2016 Board of Governors Meeting
05/01/2016 2016 Summer Shorts Writing Contest
03/16/2016 #VAWriters at 2016 VA Festival of the Book
03/10/2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline
02/16/2016 2016 Golden Nib contest
02/13/2016 VWC College Scholarship Competition
01/28/2016 VWC February 2016 Board of Governors Meeting
12/31/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Winter Edition
12/10/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline for Winter Edition
11/07/2015 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
10/11/2015 In the Company of Laureates: Oct 11 "Poets Laureate Day" Prince William County
09/30/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Fall Edition
09/12/2015 VWC September 2015 Board of Governors Meeting
09/09/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter deadline for Fall Edition
08/01/2015 Navigating Your Writing Life 2015 Symposium
06/30/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Summer Edition
06/12/2015 Appalachian Writers Heritage Symposium
06/10/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Summer Edition Submission Deadline
05/17/2015 2015 Teen Golden Nib contest
05/02/2015 VWC May 2015 Board of Governors Meeting
03/31/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Spring Edition
03/10/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline
02/07/2015 VWC February 2015 Board of Governors Meeting
11/01/2014 Annual Meeting
09/11/2014 FALL FOR THE BOOK
09/06/2014 Sept. BOG Meeting
08/02/2014 Navigating Your Writing Life: Finding Your Way
05/03/2014 May 3rd BOG Meeting
05/01/2014 2014 Golden Nib contest
05/01/2014 2014 Summer Shorts Writing Contest
04/12/2014 12th Annual Celebration of Poetry
03/23/2014 - A VITAL FUSION - The Writer and the Community
03/19/2014 2014 Virginia Festival of the Book
02/08/2014 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
11/02/2013 2013 VWC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
09/26/2013 Fall for the Book - "What's Cooking?"
09/02/2013 CANCELLED: VWC Board of Governors Meeting
08/03/2013 Kathleen Grissom, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Kitchen House
08/03/2013 Navigating Your Writing Life 2013: A Symposium for Writers on the Journey to Publication
06/14/2013 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium
06/01/2013 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
04/20/2013 Getting Your Book or Manuscript Ready for Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing
04/13/2013 11th Annual Celebration of Poetry
04/12/2013 2013 Golden Nib contest
03/20/2013 Virginia Festival of the Book
03/20/2013 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
03/01/2013 Teen Golden Nib Writing Contest Deadline
02/23/2013 Playwriting Workshop
11/03/2012 2012 VWC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
09/29/2012 Screenwriting with Richard Krevolin - Fall for the Book
09/29/2012 Self-publishing panel - Fall for the Book
09/08/2012 VWC 3rd Qtr. Board of Governors Meeting
08/04/2012 Navigating Your Writing Life 2012
05/01/2012 2012 Young Writers Golden Nib Contest
04/27/2012 2012 Virginia Writers Club College Scholarship
01/24/2012 2012 Innaugural Testing Phase
11/12/2011 2011 Annual Meeting
07/23/2011 Some Kind of Make Believe!
01/02/2011 Spring Shorts Contest
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