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

Upcoming events

    • 16 Sep 2016
    • 31 Dec 2016

    ENTRIES ACCEPTED:  September 1 – December 31



    • 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    • Only unpublished manuscripts will be accepted.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 including: (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.

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

    • Manuscript is to be double spaced on 8-1/2 x 11 inch white paper with a one-inch margins – ragged right margin. Poetry may be single spaced.

    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 31 (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 at VWCMail@aol.com; 540-832-3103

    • 22 Mar 2017
    • 26 Mar 2017
    • Charlottesville, VA

    The Virginia Festival of the Book brings readers and writers together for a five-day celebration of books, reading, literacy, and literary culture. The 23rd Annual Festival will be held March 22-26, 2017.

    Produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH), the largest of the 56 state (and territory) humanities councils, the Festival is a program of the Virginia Center for the Book, an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

    The Virginia Writers Club will have a booth at the Festival's inaugural Lit Fair on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at the Charlottesville Omni. We will be requesting member volunteers to work a one-hour shift at the VWC table to help with recruiting new members and distributing brochures. Volunteers will be able to bring their book(s) to sell during their one-hour shift. For more information, contact Linda Layne - VWC booth coordinator. 


    The Festival is the largest community-based book event in the Mid-Atlantic region and has attracted audiences of more than 20,000 for each of the past thirteen years. They have presented a captivating list of authors, ranging from international bestsellers to topical specialists to debut authors. An abbreviated list of past participants includes Rick Atkinson, Edward Ayers, David Baldacci, Maureen Corrigan, Edwidge Danticat, Kate DiCamillo, Rita Dove, Alan Furst, John Grisham, Jan Karon, Jim Lehrer, Frances Mayes, Colum McCann, David McCullough, Alice McDermott, Katherine Paterson, Jon Scieszka, Lisa Scottoline, Pete Seeger, Karin Slaughter, Alexander McCall Smith, Lee Smith, Bryan Stevenson, Elizabeth Strout, Judith Viorst, and Charles Wright. A more complete list of past participants can be seen here.

    Programs range from traditional author readings and book signings to children’s programs and hands-on workshops. All programs are open to the public and, with the exception of a few ticketed events, the majority of Festival programs are free to attend.

    The Festival is presented through a unique partnership of contributors that includes VFH, foundations, corporations, bookstores, schools, libraries, area businesses and organizations, and committed individuals. This partnership results in programs on a wide range of topics taking place at a variety of venues throughout the City of Charlottesville, County of Albemarle, and the University of Virginia.

Past events

10 Dec 2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline for Winter Edition
05 Nov 2016 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
08 Oct 2016 6th Annual Parade of Prose
17 Sep 2016 VWC September 2016 Board of Governors Meeting - NOTE CHANGE IN DATE
10 Sep 2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter deadline for Fall Edition
06 Aug 2016 Navigating Your Writing Life 2016 Symposium
09 Jul 2016 Lake Writers Present Diane Fanning
10 Jun 2016 2016 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium
10 Jun 2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Summer Edition Submission Deadline
09 Jun 2016 Lake Writers Present Kathleen Grissom
31 May 2016 Lake Writers Present Sharyn McCrumb
12 May 2016 Lake Writers Present James Nagy
07 May 2016 Board of Governors Meeting
01 May 2016 2016 Summer Shorts Writing Contest
16 Mar 2016 #VAWriters at 2016 VA Festival of the Book
10 Mar 2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline
16 Feb 2016 2016 Golden Nib contest
13 Feb 2016 VWC College Scholarship Competition
28 Jan 2016 VWC February 2016 Board of Governors Meeting
31 Dec 2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Winter Edition
10 Dec 2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline for Winter Edition
07 Nov 2015 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
11 Oct 2015 In the Company of Laureates: Oct 11 "Poets Laureate Day" Prince William County
30 Sep 2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Fall Edition
12 Sep 2015 VWC September 2015 Board of Governors Meeting
09 Sep 2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter deadline for Fall Edition
01 Aug 2015 Navigating Your Writing Life 2015 Symposium
30 Jun 2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Summer Edition
12 Jun 2015 Appalachian Writers Heritage Symposium
10 Jun 2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Summer Edition Submission Deadline
17 May 2015 2015 Teen Golden Nib contest
02 May 2015 VWC May 2015 Board of Governors Meeting
31 Mar 2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Spring Edition
10 Mar 2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline
07 Feb 2015 VWC February 2015 Board of Governors Meeting
01 Nov 2014 Annual Meeting
06 Sep 2014 Sept. BOG Meeting
02 Aug 2014 Navigating Your Writing Life: Finding Your Way
03 May 2014 May 3rd BOG Meeting
01 May 2014 2014 Golden Nib contest
01 May 2014 2014 Summer Shorts Writing Contest
12 Apr 2014 12th Annual Celebration of Poetry
23 Mar 2014 - A VITAL FUSION - The Writer and the Community
19 Mar 2014 2014 Virginia Festival of the Book
08 Feb 2014 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
02 Nov 2013 2013 VWC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
26 Sep 2013 Fall for the Book - "What's Cooking?"
02 Sep 2013 CANCELLED: VWC Board of Governors Meeting
03 Aug 2013 Kathleen Grissom, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Kitchen House
03 Aug 2013 Navigating Your Writing Life 2013: A Symposium for Writers on the Journey to Publication
14 Jun 2013 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium
01 Jun 2013 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
20 Apr 2013 Getting Your Book or Manuscript Ready for Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing
13 Apr 2013 11th Annual Celebration of Poetry
12 Apr 2013 2013 Golden Nib contest
20 Mar 2013 Virginia Festival of the Book
20 Mar 2013 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
01 Mar 2013 Teen Golden Nib Writing Contest Deadline
23 Feb 2013 Playwriting Workshop
03 Nov 2012 2012 VWC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
29 Sep 2012 Screenwriting with Richard Krevolin - Fall for the Book
29 Sep 2012 Self-publishing panel - Fall for the Book
08 Sep 2012 VWC 3rd Qtr. Board of Governors Meeting
04 Aug 2012 Navigating Your Writing Life 2012
01 May 2012 2012 Young Writers Golden Nib Contest
27 Apr 2012 2012 Virginia Writers Club College Scholarship
24 Jan 2012 2012 Innaugural Testing Phase
12 Nov 2011 2011 Annual Meeting
23 Jul 2011 Some Kind of Make Believe!
02 Jan 2011 Spring Shorts Contest
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