• 08/27/2020 9:34 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

     Two editions of the annual Skyline (the seventh and eighth) anthology of prose and poetry were recently published, in both paperback and e-book form, to celebrate the 30th anniversary (2021) of the Blue Ridge Writers chapter of the VWC. The Skyline anthologies are dedicated to showcasing Central Virginia writers, both in fiction and nonfiction prose and in poetry.

    These anthologies, like the four biennial Blue Ridge Anthology collections that preceded the Skyline anthologies, have at their base the placing works in the annual juried writing contest of the Blue Ridge Writers chapter of the Virginia Writers Club. These anthologies aren’t sponsored or sanctioned by the BRW; publications permissions were directly arranged with the authors, but Skyline holds the most complete archives of the BRW annual contest and, through Skyline and its predecessor, The Blue Ridge Anthology, has published the contest placers for the past fifteen years.  

    To celebrate the placing authors in the BRW writing contest over the last fifteen years, the length of time that records are available, and to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the central Virginia club, the 2020 and 2021 editions of Skyline are dedicated to republishing placing works in the contest during that period.

    Skyline 2020(https://www.amazon.com/Skyline-2020-Anthology-Virginia-Anthologies/dp/0995387354/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1598500589&sr=1-1)

    Skyline 2021(https://www.amazon.com/Skyline-2021-Central-Virginia-Anthologies/dp/B08DSTHQV2/ref=pd_sim_14_1/139-7941558-2030658?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B08DSTHQV2&pd_rd_r=53bbc3d3-a7d2-4843-a3f4-ad20940d88a8&pd_rd_w=5OYhc&pd_rd_wg=jVuGa&pf_rd_p=e2ec6e52-b3cf-46fd-9026-eedc9747371d&pf_rd_r=DGP9R7PPN7YPY6ADGGER&psc=1&refRID=DGP9R7PPN7YPY6ADGGER)

  • 08/04/2020 10:50 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    image35 Philip Jay MarlinThe Cargo was published by Novum Publishing, released July 1, 2020

  • 08/04/2020 10:42 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Elizabeth Spencer Spragins:  Spragins' microchapbook "Song Feathers" has been published by the Origami Poems Project. https://www.origamipoems.com/poets/424-elizabeth-spencer-spragins

    Her poem, "Curse of the Canyon," appears in the June 2020 issue of ParABnormal Magazine. Her poems "Songs of the Southern Rim" and "Unrest" are featured in the Summer 2020 issue of Time of Singing.

  • 07/06/2020 11:54 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    JAMIE K. REASER received the Nautilus Book Award gold medal in lyrical prose for RidgeLines: A View of Nature and Human Nature (Talking Waters Press, 2019) and Nautilus Book Award silver in poetry for Conversations with Mary: Words of Attention and Devotion (Talking Waters Press, 2019)  

    ELIZABETH SPENCER SPRAGINS' poem "The Auction Block" appears in the June 17 issue of "New Verse News":  https//newversenews.blogspot.com/.  "What Trees Remember" appears on page 107 of the Summer 2020 issue of "Orchards Poetry Journal":  https://orchardspoetrycom.files.wordpress.com/2020/06/orchards-june-16-online-journal.pdf.  The Spring 2020 issue of "Yellow Arrow Journal" includes three of Spragins' tanka under the title "Journeys." Also, three of her short poems ("Before Sunrise," "Mounted on the Mist," and "Somnolence") appear in the June 5 edition of "Page & Spine."  http://pagespineficshowcase.com/elizabeth-spencer-spragins.html.


  • 07/06/2020 11:41 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    The Meter's Always Running: A Haunted City Mystery by [C.A. Rowland] CAROLYN ROWLANDThe Meter's Always Running; released   6/9/2020 by Shadow Dance Publishing 

     CAROLYN ROWLANDAmerica 2020 Riverside Writers; released   4/29/2020 by Riverside Writers

    Runaway Blues by [Pete Fanning] PETE FANNING:  Runaway Blues; to be released 7/7/2020 by   Immortal-Works Press

  • 06/16/2020 2:19 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    I first must apologize to Pamela K. Kinney and PMH Atwater for the delay in announcing their book releases. 

    Maverick Heart by [Pamela K. Kinney] Pamela K. Kinney:  Maverick Heart, released 10/31/2019 by   Dreampunk Press.

     PMH Atwater:  Animal Lights Series of Children's Books,   released 10/30/2019.

    H’Ilgraith Jane Renfro:  H'llgraith, released 2/28/2020 by   Koehlerbooks.

    Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Locations Along Routes 10 and 460 by [Pamela K. Kinney] Pamela K. Kinney:  Haunted Surry to Suffolk: Spooky Locations   Along Routes 10 and 460, released 4/5/2020 by Anubis Press.

    The Purger.jpg Charles Tabb:  The Purger: Book 2 of the Detective Tony   Pantera Series, released 6/5/2020 by Gifted Time Books.

  • 06/16/2020 1:57 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Several central Virginia writers who are VWC members are in the new publication Skyline 2020 (Olivia Stowe, ed.) by Cyberworld Publishing:

    Prose fiction:
    Phyllis Duncan, Gary Kessler, Elaine Ruggieri, BA Morris, Erin Newton Wells

     G.W. Wayne, Phyllis Duncan, Gary Kessler, Joy Merritt Krystosek, Erin N. Wells

    Gary Kessler, Joy M. Krystosek, BA Morris, Roger Tolle, G.W. Wayne, Erin N. Wells

    Congratulations to these writers!

  • 06/12/2020 8:14 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    The Hanover Book Expo 2020 will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at the VFW Post 9808 in Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Authors may register for tables at www.hanoverbookfestival.com 

  • 06/08/2020 11:18 AM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)

    Blue Ridge Writers anthology is available on Amazon. Congrats to Blue Ridge on this publication!

    Only $5/ea.

    Blue Ridge Writers “The Memoir”: Volume 2, Number 2

  • 05/13/2020 1:36 PM | Joanne Liggan (Administrator)


    ENTRIES ACCEPTED: May 15 – June 29

    WINNERS ANNOUNCED: August 2020

    CONTEST AWARDS(in each category)

    1st ($100) 2nd ($50) 3rd ($25)

    All entries must be submitted online through this link: Teen Nib Submission

    CATEGORIES: Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry


    • Only students in high school (or starting high school in 2020) are eligible for this contest.
    • Only one submission per category is allowed. If a teen is entering more than one category, they should submit each entry separately to the link.
    • Only unpublished work will be accepted. Submissions must not have won first place in any other writing contest.

    FORMAT (submissions not in accord with format rules will be disqualified)

    ·   Fiction and non-fiction entries must be no longer than 1,500 words. Poetry entries must be no longer than 40 lines.

    ·   Cover sheet and entry must be in doc, docx, rtf or pages format.

    ·   The cover sheet must include the author's name, school district, grade, and category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry).

    ·   All pages must show contest category, title, and page number in the header.

    ·   If the author ’s name appears on any page, the entry will be disqualified (entries are judged anonymously).

    ·   Put entries in Times New Roman, 12 pt, double-spaced on an 8 ½ by 11-inch page, with 1-inch margins top, bottom and left, and a ragged right margin. Poetry may be single-spaced

    ·   The Virginia Writer’s Club reserves the right to post a list of winners on our website and post winning entries for a period of up to a year. After the contest, all rights revert to the author.

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