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

Upcoming events

    • 16 Feb 2016
    • 01 Sep 2016
    • Virginia
    The 2016 Golden Nib writing contest is officially open. The Golden Nib is the Virginia Writers Club annual writing competition in three categories: fiction, non-fiction, and poetry with cash prizes for first, second, and third place finishers. Contestants must be members in good-standing of a VWC chapter as well as a member of the state organization. Each chapter submits one representative in each category to the state finals, where first, second, and third place winners are announced at the annual meeting (usually held in November).

    In 2005, the Virginia Writers Club, Inc. created a two-tier writing contest. Entries would be submitted and judged at the VWC Chapter-level first, and then each Chapter would forward its first-place winning entries for judging at the (second tier) State VWC level. Entrants who live within the jurisdiction of a VWC Chapter must enter the first tier of the competition through that Chapter. For those living in an area where no Chapter exists, they must submit their entries to the Chapter closest to them.

    Entries will be accepted on any subject the author or poet chooses in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry.

    1. Manuscripts must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant, and must not have won a prize at any level in any other competition. The VWC State competition will now allow entries published in your personal blogs. Writing published in blogs other than your own or on social network sites or in an online publication are ineligible and should not be submitted.
    2. Entrants may submit only one entry per category of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
    3. Fiction and non-fiction entries must be not longer than 3,500 words. Poetry entries must be not longer than 50 lines.
    4. Format:
      • a. Detachable cover sheet including author’s name, address, telephone number, email address (if available), category (fiction, non-fiction, poetry) and title.
      • 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. Prose (fiction and non-fiction) manuscripts must be printed in a plain, legible font, such as Times New Roman in 12-to 13- pitch. Manuscripts must be printed on 8 ½ by 11-inch white paper, double-spaced, with one-inch margins top, bottom and left, and a ragged right margin.
      • d. Poetry manuscripts must be printed in a plain, legible font, such as Times New Roman in 12- to 13-pitch. Manuscripts must be single-spaced and printed on 8 ½ by 11-inch white paper with one-inch margins top, bottom and left. 
    5. Submissions shall be in both paper and e-mail formats. Submissions shall be mailed to the coordinator by regular mail to the address below. They shall also be submitted to the e-mail address below.
    6. Submissions not in accord with format and other rules will be disqualified.
    7. State winning entries in each category may be published in Portable Data File (*.pdf) format, on the VWC Web site. All other rights remain the property of the author.
    8. Manuscripts for the second-tier contest will not be returned.

    Winning Chapter entries need to be submitted by SEPT. 1 to:


    12702 Valleywood Drive

    Woodbridge, VA 22192


    Each Chapter has its own guidelines, deadline and membership requirements for entering the Chapter-level contest. All Chapters must adhere to the state contest rules. Some Chapters require membership in their Chapter, some don’t.

    All entries in the second-tier State VWC contest must be a first-place Chapter-level entry and the entrant must be a State VWC member. If winner at the Chapter-level is not a member of the State VWC, a membership application and payment of dues must accompany the entry.

    Contact your local VWC Chapter to find out what the deadline is for Chapter Contest Submissions! NOTE: Entries sent by writers directly to VWC for State contest will not be accepted.

    Each Chapter president is responsible for forwarding only the first-place entries from the Chapter competition (in each of the three categories), written by a member of the VWC ore a writer who completes and application to join the VWC and submits a check for annual dues of $30 to accompany the entry.

    There are ten VWC Chapters in the state. Only first-place winners from the Chapters will be eligible for the state contest. That means only 30 entries will be forwarded for the State competition -- ten entries total per category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry) -- by the State Deadline of Sept. 1. Winners of State VWC Contest will be announced and awards presented at the State VWC Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony in November. Awards for each category: First Place-$100; Second Place-$50; Third Place-$25.

    • 01 May 2016
    • 30 Jun 2016
    • E-mail submissions only

    MAY is "Short Story Month" and the Virginia Writers Club is now accepting submissions for the annual SUMMER SHORTS WRITING CONTEST. Please read the guidelines listed below for more information.

    Note: Only members of the statewide Virginia Writers Club who have paid their membership dues for 2016 may enter the contest.


    Fiction - A short story not to exceed 1,200 words
    Non-fiction - A personal essay not to exceed 1,200 words
    Poetry - Any form not to exceed 30 lines


    • Only members of the statewide Virginia Writers Club who have paid their membership dues for 2016 may enter the contest.
    • Entries, sent electronically, will be accepted from May 1 through June 30, 2016.
    • A writer may submit only one entry per category.
    • Entry must be the original unpublished work of the writer.
    • Winners will be announced at the August 6, 2016 VWC Symposium in Charlottesville, followed by a posting of winners on the VWC website.


    • Entries must be in Times New Roman 12 sent as an e-mail attachment. Illustrations will not be accepted or considered.
    • Prose must be double-spaced with a ragged right margin; poetry must be single-spaced with a flush left margin.
    • No information identifiable to the author should be included in the body of the entry.
    • The e-mail message to which the work is attached must include the title of the piece and category, the author's name, address, phone number, and e-mail address. *** An author's biography of no more than 50 words should be included in the e-mail message.

    AWARDS: $25 - 1st Place; $15 - 2nd Place; $10 - 3rd Place in each category


    Entry constitutes permission to publish the winning poem or essay in a future edition of a Virginia Writers Club publication or on the Virginia Writers Club website. Acceptance of the prize money constitutes waiver of any and all further compensation for first publication rights. Remaining rights are the property of the author. Authors retain all rights to non-winning entries.

    Please put "Summer Shorts" in the subject line of your email to: Linda M. Layne, coordinator

    • 31 May 2016
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Bethlehem United Methodist Church, Moneta, VA

    Come celebrate Sharyn McCrumb's newest release, Prayers the Devil Answers, with a book talk and signing.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    • 09 Jun 2016
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Westlake Library, Smith Mountain Lake

    Book talk and signing by the NYT Best Selling Author of The Kitchen House. We are celebrating the release of the sequel, Glory over Everything.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    • 10 Jun 2016
    • www.virginiawritersclub.org/Newsletter-Submission-Form

    Be sure to submit your news for the summer edition of the newsletter!  

    • 10 Jun 2016
    • 11 Jun 2016
    • Southwest Virginia Community College - Richlands, VA

    2016 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium - June 10 & 11

    Since June of 2009, Southwest Virginia Community College, the Appalachian Arts Center, and Appalachian Authors Guild/A Chapter of the Virginia Writers Club have presented an annual major writers conference at Southwest Virginia Community College. Building upon the success of the preceding conferences, the eighth Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium will be held at Southwest Virginia Community College on June 10 and 11, 2016.

    The AHWS promotes authors who help preserve history and culture through Appalachian literature, provides workshops and presentations to aspiring and seasoned writers, and encourages visitors to explore the rich heritage and natural beauty of the region.





    • 09 Jul 2016
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • SML/Moneta Library, Smith Mountain Lake

    NYT Best Selling true crime and mystery author Diane Fanning will talk about her craft and sign books.

    The event is free and open to the public.

    • 06 Aug 2016
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The Dickinson Fine and Performing Arts Center, Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902
    • 95
    Registration is closed

    In 2016, the VWC will host another Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium. This one-day symposium (the sixth in the series) takes place Saturday, August 6th, and will feature presentations and panels on several topics of interest to writers.   

    The theme for the 2016 Symposium will be Navigating Your Writing Life:  Make This Your Year

    Diane Fanning will be our Keynote Speaker. She is the Edgar-nominated writer and bestselling author of fourteen true crime books and eleven crime novels. She has appeared on the Today Show, 48 Hours, 20/20, Forensic Files, Snapped, the Biography Channel, Investigation Discovery, E! and the BBC as well as numerous cable network news shows and radio stations across the States and Canada. Raised in Baltimore, she moved to Virginia, then Texas, and she now lives in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Bedford, Virginia.

    More details will be posted as plans progress.



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    • 10 Sep 2016
    • www.virginiawritersclub.org/Newsletter-Submission-Form

    Do you have news for the newsletter? SEPTEMBER 10 is the deadline for submissions for the Fall Edition.  


    • 05 Nov 2016
    • TBD

    Time, Location, & Details TBD 

    • 10 Dec 2016
    • www.virginiawritersclub.org/Newsletter-Submission-Form

    Please submit your news for the winter edition of the E-Nunciator by December 10! 

Past events

12 May 2016 Lake Writers Present James Nagy
07 May 2016 Board of Governors Meeting
16 Mar 2016 #VAWriters at 2016 VA Festival of the Book
10 Mar 2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline
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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