VWC GOLDEN NIB WRITING CONTEST
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).
ABOUT THE CONTEST:
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.
ATTENTION VWC CHAPTERS!
Winning Chapter entries need to be submitted by the first week of September to:
Christine Valenti, VWC Contest
10103 New Scotland Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408
For more information, contact ChristineRoseValenti AT hotmail.com or call: 540-645-0549
SUBMIT ENTRIES TO YOUR LOCAL VWC CHAPTER BY THEIR SPECIFIED DEADLINE 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.
STATE VWC AWARDS:
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. 3. Winners of State VWC Contest will be announced and awards presented at the State VWC Annual Meeting on NOVEMBER 2. Awards for each category: First Place-$100; Second Place-$50; Third Place-$25.
VWC SUMMER SHORT SHORTS CONTEST
The Virginia Writers Club’s Spring Shorts Contest has been renamed the Summer Short Shorts Contest and is now held a bit later in the year than the previous Spring Shorts 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 the current year 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
The e-mail should be sent to contest coordinator Gary Kessler at email@example.com. An acknowledgment of receipt will be sent; if you don’t receive one, recheck.
AWARDS: $25 - 1st Place; $15 - 2nd Place; $10 - 3rd Place (in each category)
Entry constitutes permission to publish the winning 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.
ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF POETRY Sponsored by the RIVERSIDE WRITERS CHAPTER, VWC
Salem Church Library, Meeting Room A
2601 Salem Church Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22407
For More Information Contact Larry Turner,
Driving Directions The library is about a five-minute drive from Exit 130B on I95. Go west on Plank Road (Virginia Route 3) about 1.7 miles, and turn left on Salem Church Road. Drive south about 0.8 miles and arrive at the library on your left. The library is a two-story building that looks like a one-story building.
Rules for a Poetry Slam
Poetry and Performance:
1) All poetry must be the original work of the slammer.
2) Slammer cannot use props or musical accompaniment (other than that which they can make with their own body). Slammers cannot employ costumes, nudity, or animal acts.
3) Any subject matter or style is acceptable.
1) A slam is typically 1 or 2 rounds. The first round in a two round slam can be an elimination round.
2) Each slammer has 3 minutes to perform during a round. There is also a 10 second grace period. A deduction of .5 points occurs for every ten seconds (or fraction thereof) that the slammer goes over 3 minutes, ten seconds. At 4 minutes, the slammer is cut off.
1) 5 judges are randomly picked from the audience. Judges cannot be directly connected to any of the slammers.
2) Judging is done Olympic style, 0-10 with one decimal place. The high and low score are dropped and the remaining scores are added together. The highest score during a round wins the round.
3) A calibration poet will be provided for judges to “practice” judging. The calibration poet’s score should be used as a benchmark (anything better should be scored higher; anything worse should be scored lower).
4) Giving a perfect “10” is a privilege, not a right.
1) Judges SHOULD NOT be influenced by the audience.
2) The audience SHOULD try to influence the judges.