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ATTENTION TEEN WRITERS!


 The Young Virginia Writers Club is the VWC's special outreach program for teen writers at the middle school and high school level. Activities include an annual writers' symposium (special discount for teens and teachers), writing contests and scholarship opportunities. Schools and community groups may contact the YVWC Chairperson for a list of VWC members who are available to speak and/or conduct workshops for teens who want to know more about the writing and publishing process. VWC members are also available to judge teen writing contests and provide e-mailed critiques of teen writings.

 

 Membership is free until you graduate from high school!

(Students who enter our writing contests are automatically enrolled.)

To join and be added to the mailing list for announcements

and reminders, please download, complete and mail the

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION. (pdf)

2018 TEEN GOLDEN NIB WRITING CONTEST

 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• Only unpublished manuscripts will be accepted.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.

FORMAT

• 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

 

SUBMISSIONS:

 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


DOWNLOAD GUIDELINES & ENTRY FORM

 ATTENTION FREDERICKSBURG AREA TEEN WRITERS!

Here is your schedule of meetings for the remainder of the year:

Saturday, April 22 from 1 - 4 at Snow Library (I will be at the library doing a book signing from 1 - 3)

Saturday, May 27 from 1 - 4 at Salem Church Library *Memorial Day Weekend*

Saturday, June 24 from 3 - 5 at Salem Church Library

Saturday, July 22 from 1 - 4 at Snow Library

Saturday, August 26 from 1 - 4 at Salem Church Library

Saturday, September 23 * Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival at Riverfront Park

Saturday, October 28 from 1 - 4 at Snow Library

Saturday, November 25 from 1 - 4 at Salem Church Library *Thanksgiving Weekend*

Saturday, December 30 from 1 - 4 at Salem Church Library *New Year's Weekend*

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT:

http://riversidewriters.com/riverside-young-writers.html

Fredericksburg Area Adult Leader: Bronwen Robinson

2017 TEEN GOLDEN NIB WINNERS


HIGH SCHOOL

POETRY

1st - "Human" by Leah Gaush, Woodbridge, VA

2nd - "Liminality" by Baylina Pu, Charlottesville, VA

3rd - "Ode to the Seasons" by Timothy N. Locklear, Roseland, VA


FICTION

1st - "Not a Poem" by Hadley Anna Scott, Haymarket, VA

2nd - "Remains of a Wooden Heart" by Isabella Ronchetti, Charlottesville, VA

3rd - "The Beggar Glecius" by William B. Mann, Leesburg, VA


NONFICTION*

1st - "Uncle Sam's Gun" by Leah Gaush, Woodbridge, VA


MIDDLE SCHOOL

POETRY

1st - "Our Sake" by Leah Schumacher, Glen Allen, VA

2nd - "The Ribbon" by Katherine Krievs, Midlothian, VA

3rd - "Fairytales" by Isabel Y. Li, Mechanicsville, VA


FICTION

1st - "Night of the Phantom Marshmallows" by Cara Hadden, Fredericksburg, VA

2nd - "The Girl with the Pink Ribbon" by Ryan Henry, Glen Allen, VA

3rd - "Hope of Dance" by Lily E. Robisch, Luray, VA


NONFICTION*

1st - "A Day of Beach Fishing" by Adelina Doyle, Glen Allen, VA



* Due to very low volume of nonfiction entries, only one winner was selected in each division.


2015-16 TEEN GOLDEN NIB WINNERS

NONFICTION—judged by Dan Verner

1st Place: Katherine Brown, Woodbridge, VA - "Gardening"

2nd Place: Joshua Moreno, Woodbridge, VA - "Blind"

3rd Place: Marwah Shuaib, Woodbridge, VA - "Karachi"

POETRY—judged by Zan Hailey

1st Place: Katherine Brown, Woodbridge, VA - "Lemon Cake"

2nd Place: Marwah Shuaib, Woodbridge, VA - "Sindh"

3rd Place: Kayleigh McCoy, Charlottesville, VA - "Sunrise from the Plane"

FICTION—judged by Garrett Carlson

1st Place: Katherine Brown, Woodbridge, VA - “Sleepless”

2nd Place: Abigail Weatherington, Woodbridge, VA - 

“A Brief Description of My First Experience at Prom”

3rd Place: Anna Lobianco, Dyke, VA - “When Ink Corrupts the Soul”


2014 SCHOLARSHIP WINNER
Renee Ordoobadi - Bristow, Virginia

2014 TEEN GOLDEN NIB WINNERS
HIGH SCHOOL - POETRY
1st Place - "Recess" by Renee Christina Ordoobadi
2nd Place - "Identity" by Teja, Janai Barnes, Dupree
3rd Place - "Acute Regression" by Neil Adair McMillan Hailey
Honorable Mention - "Homeless" by Leah Madeline Gaush

HIGH SCHOOL - NONFICTION
1st Place - "Glimpsing the World" by Katherine Brown
2nd Place - "When Life Gives You Lemons" by Phebe Ciemny
3rd Place - "Pilot" by Leah Madeline Gaush
Honorable Mention - "The Face of Depravity" by Renee C. Brittigan

HIGH SCHOOL - FICTION
1st Place - "Imperfect" by Erin Marguerite McCall
2nd Place - "Puppetmaster" by Kayleigh McCoy
3rd Place - "A Heavy Conscience" by Katherine Brown
Honorable Mention - "Awaiting the Fury" by Morgan Nicole Shaffer

 

 

2013 TEEN GOLDEN NIB WINNERS

HIGH SCHOOL - POETRY

1st - "Dreamer" by Amanda K. Johnson

2nd - "Flying" by Brittany E. Crow

3rd - "Winter 2013" by Jacob Hopkins

MIDDLE SCHOOL - POETRY

1st - "My Grandfather's Teddy Bear" by Lauren A. Murtha

2nd - "Sketchbook Past" by Robin J. Schwartzkopf

3rd - "In My Dreams" by Julia S. Gibson

Honorable Mention - "Where Poetry Hides" by Robert E. Beran 

HIGH SCHOOL - NONFICTION

1st - "Art" by Mikayla Thompson

2nd - "Dealing with Dyslexia" by Maddie Smith

3rd - "A Cappella" by Amanda Johnson

MIDDLE SCHOOL - NONFICTION

1st - "Grandma's Shed" by Lora You

2nd - "My Memory" by Malavi Ravindran

3rd - "Animal Abuse/Neglect" by Lauren A. Murtha

HIGH SCHOOL - FICTION

1st - "Record" by Saleha M. Malik

2nd - "The Morning After" by Ben L. Hare

3rd - "My Body" by Alaina K. Johansson

MIDDLE SCHOOL - FICTION

1st - "Hideout" by Robin J. Schwartzkopf

2nd - "Rekiv and the Maiden" by Kayleigh J. McCoy

3rd - "The Year Everything Changed" by Charlotte R. Zerbst

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Robin J. Schwartzkopf

Student of Patricia M. Walker, Moody Middle School

Henrico County Public Schools


 

 

2012 Teen Golden Nib Winners

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Jacob Hopkins, Courtland High School (Teacher: Stephenie Fellinger)

HIGH SCHOOL - POETRY

1st Place:  "Maybe Someday" by Jacob Hopkins, Courtland High School

2nd Place:  "Beneath the Blanket" by Eesha Choudhari, Grafton High School

3rd Place:  'Running from Fate" by Sajada Taylor, Armstrong High School

HIGH SCHOOL - FICTION

1st Place:  "Stan Gold Bowls a Near-Perfect Game" by Jacob Hopkins, Courtland H.S.

2nd Place:  "The Waterfall" by Katherine Weber, Glen Allen High School

3rd Place:  "Wallpaper World" by Raven Marie Morris, Homeworks Academy

HIGH SCHOOL - NONFICTION

(No contest. Not enough entrires)

MIDDLE SCHOOL - POETRY

1st Place:  "Dandelions: Past & Present" by Jikai Zheng, Moody Middle School

2nd Place:  "Lemon-sour Summer" by Kaleigh McCoy, Charlottesville Waldorf School

3rd Place: "The Gift of Life" by Christina Sabochick, Grafton Middle School

MIDDLE SCHOOL - FICTION

1st Place:  "A Blind Eye" by Lanie Bittner, Bittner Homeschool

2nd Place:  "The Soft Side of a Criminal" by Robin Schwartzkopf, Moody Middle School

3rd Place:  "The Other Side" by Chandler Howard, Grafton Middle School

MIDDLE SCHOOL - NONFICTION

1st Place:  "The Perfect Playground" by Robin Schwartzkopf, Moody Middle School

2nd Place:  "Dear Allie" by Christina Sabochick, Grafton Middle School

3rd Place:  "Elwood" by Katherine Hearns, Moody Middle School 

 

 

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