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

Upcoming events

    • 05/15/2017
    • 09/01/2017
    • Virginia

    The 2017 Golden Nib writing contest is officially open. The Golden Nib is the Virginia Writers Club (VWC) 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 and a current 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 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. VWC members living in an area where no Chapter exists 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.

    • Manuscripts must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant, and must not have won a prize at any level in any other competition.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.
    • Entrants may submit only one entry per category of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.
    • Fiction and non-fiction entries must be no longer than 3,500 words. Poetry entries must be no longer than 50 lines.
    • Fiction should conform to the Chicago Manual of  Style; nonfiction can be either Chicago style or Associated Press Style.
    • 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. 

    • 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.
    • Submissions not in accord with format and other rules will be disqualified.
    • 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.
    • Manuscripts for the second-tier contest will not be returned.

    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 or a writer who completes an 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 VWC Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony in November. Awards for each category: First Place-$100; Second Place-$50; Third Place-$25.


    Winning Chapter entries must be submitted by SEPT. 1, 2017 to:


    12702 Valleywood Drive

    Woodbridge, VA 22192



    • 08/05/2017
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • The V. Earl Dickenson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902


    2017 Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium

    Taking the Next Step in Your Writing Journey

    Move your writing career forward by attending the 7th annual Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium, Saturday August 5, 2017.

    This year’s theme is Taking the Next Step in Your Writing Journey, and will feature workshops and panels on a variety of topics to help you move forward with your writing goals.

    Location:   The V. Earl Dickenson Building, Piedmont Virginia Community College, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902


    We are very excited to have Jane Friedman as our keynote speaker this year!

    Her keynote will be the Competitive Creative, where she’ll share her insights on the principles and philosophies in building a sustainable writing career.

    Jane Friedman has 20 years of experience in the publishing industry, with expertise in digital media strategy for authors and publishers. She's the co-founder and editor of The Hot Sheet, the essential publishing industry newsletter for authors, and is the former publisher of Writer's Digest. She has been interviewed and featured by NPR, PBS, The Washington Post, the National Press Club and many other outlets.

    In addition to being a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with The Great Courses, Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at JaneFriedman.com (200,000 visits per month). She's delivered keynotes on the digital era of authorship at the San Francisco Writers Conference, The Muse & The Marketplace, and Willamette Writers Conference, among many others. She speaks regularly at industry events such as BookExpo America and Digital Book World, and has served on panels with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Creative Work Fund.

    Her essays have been published in anthologies by the University of Chicago Press, Seal Press, Milkweed Editions, and McPherson & Co. She has a book forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, The Business of Being a Writer (March 2018).


    The Virginia Writers Club is excited about the lineup for this year’s annual Navigating Your Writing Life Symposium. We’ve put together a well-rounded event that covers everything including craft, publication, and marketing, across multiple types of writing including poetry, speculative fiction and romance.

    Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 5, 2017, and then check the schedule below to plan which panels and workshops you want to attend.

    8:00 - 8:30 Registration/Coffee and Light Breakfast

    8:30 - 9:00 Welcome/Opening

    9:00 - 9:45 (45 minute) Panels

    • Poetic Expression Off the Page – Moderator: Carolyn Brae, Panelists: Angela Carter, Patsy Asuncion, Elizabeth Spencer Spragins
    • Writing and Marketing Short Fiction – Moderator: Phyllis Duncan, Panelists: BK Stevens, Cliff Garstang, Zach Powers
    • Bringing New Worlds to Life: Essential Elements in Speculative Fiction – Moderator: J. Elizabeth Vincent, Panelists: Natalina Reis, James and John Gaines, Greg Smith

    10:00 - 11:15 Workshops

    • Producing & Promoting Poetry - Judy Light Ayyildiz and Caroline Brae
    • Beating the Self-Publishing Stigma - Liz Long
    • Love, Passion, and Happily Ever After: How to Write a Romance Novel - Jenna Harte

    11:30 - 12:00 Keynote: Jane Friedman “The Competitive Creative”

    12:15 - 1:00 Lunch

    1:15- 2:00 Panels

    • NaNoWriMo: It only feels like a death march! – Moderator: Betsy Ashton, Panelists: Phyllis Duncan, J. Elizabeth Vincent, Jenna Harte
    • Preparing Your Book for Publishing: Editing, Formatting and Cover Design for the Indie Author – Moderator: Rosanne Vrugtman, Panelists: JM Snyder, Chris Kennedy, Kris Spisak.
    • Bringing Your Book to the World: Book Launches, Signings, and Publicity  - Moderator : TBA, Panelists: Gwen Keane, Connie B. Dowell, Marco LeRoc

    2:15 - 2:45 Book signing/Afternoon snack

    3:00 - 4:15 Workshops:

    • The Art & Business of Author Platform - Jane Friedman
    • Writing the Dreaded Query Letter - Alan Orloff
    • Instagram for Authors - Audrey Knapp


    Early Bird Registration opens May 1, 2017

    General Registration opens June 1, 2017!



    The Virginia Writers Club (VWC), founded in 1918, is one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the United States. Comprised of chapters from throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia, this non-profit is dedicated to fostering the art, craft, business and advocacy of the literary arts.

    One of the Virginia Writers Club major events of the year is the annual symposium, which provides workshops, panels, and the chance to connect with writers of all levels to help them expand their knowledge and reach their writing goals. To pull off this popular event, we rely on the support of sponsors.

    Sponsoring the symposium is a fun and impactful way to promote literacy in the Commonwealth as well as offer the attendees information about goods, services, and opportunities for writers and those interested in writing.

    To learn more about how you can support writers in Virginia, please review our sponsorship information packet.

Past events

06/21/2017 [WRITER'S RETREAT] "Finding Esse: Nurturing the Soul of the Writer"
06/17/2017 [Guest Speaker] Bryan Nowak, Paranormal Suspense Author - "My Experiences Writing & Publishing Genre Fiction"
05/24/2017 Brad Parks and Domnica Radulescu at Ox-Eye Vineyards
05/13/2017 May 13, 2017 Board of Governors Meeting
04/29/2017 Mapping Your Writing Journey
04/22/2017 Hanover Book Festival 2017
04/15/2017 Tips & Steps to Take When Freelancing the Nonfiction Article
03/22/2017 2017 VA Festival of the Book
02/25/2017 TEEN WRITERS - New Fredericksburg Group
02/11/2017 Inaugural Meeting - Skyline Writers' Circle
02/04/2017 February 2017 BoG Meeting
12/10/2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline for Winter Edition
11/05/2016 2016 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
10/08/2016 6th Annual Parade of Prose
09/17/2016 VWC September 2016 Board of Governors Meeting - NOTE CHANGE IN DATE
09/10/2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter deadline for Fall Edition
08/06/2016 Navigating Your Writing Life 2016 Symposium
07/09/2016 Lake Writers Present Diane Fanning
06/10/2016 2016 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium
06/10/2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Summer Edition Submission Deadline
06/09/2016 Lake Writers Present Kathleen Grissom
05/31/2016 Lake Writers Present Sharyn McCrumb
05/12/2016 Lake Writers Present James Nagy
05/07/2016 Board of Governors Meeting
05/01/2016 2016 Summer Shorts Writing Contest
03/16/2016 #VAWriters at 2016 VA Festival of the Book
03/10/2016 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline
02/16/2016 2016 Golden Nib contest
02/13/2016 VWC College Scholarship Competition
01/28/2016 VWC February 2016 Board of Governors Meeting
12/31/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Winter Edition
12/10/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline for Winter Edition
11/07/2015 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
10/11/2015 In the Company of Laureates: Oct 11 "Poets Laureate Day" Prince William County
09/30/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Fall Edition
09/12/2015 VWC September 2015 Board of Governors Meeting
09/09/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter deadline for Fall Edition
08/01/2015 Navigating Your Writing Life 2015 Symposium
06/30/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Summer Edition
06/12/2015 Appalachian Writers Heritage Symposium
06/10/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Summer Edition Submission Deadline
05/17/2015 2015 Teen Golden Nib contest
05/02/2015 VWC May 2015 Board of Governors Meeting
03/31/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Spring Edition
03/10/2015 E-Nunciator Newsletter Submission Deadline
02/07/2015 VWC February 2015 Board of Governors Meeting
11/01/2014 Annual Meeting
09/11/2014 FALL FOR THE BOOK
09/06/2014 Sept. BOG Meeting
08/02/2014 Navigating Your Writing Life: Finding Your Way
05/03/2014 May 3rd BOG Meeting
05/01/2014 2014 Golden Nib contest
05/01/2014 2014 Summer Shorts Writing Contest
04/12/2014 12th Annual Celebration of Poetry
03/23/2014 - A VITAL FUSION - The Writer and the Community
03/19/2014 2014 Virginia Festival of the Book
02/08/2014 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
11/02/2013 2013 VWC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
09/26/2013 Fall for the Book - "What's Cooking?"
09/02/2013 CANCELLED: VWC Board of Governors Meeting
08/03/2013 Kathleen Grissom, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Kitchen House
08/03/2013 Navigating Your Writing Life 2013: A Symposium for Writers on the Journey to Publication
06/14/2013 Appalachian Heritage Writers Symposium
06/01/2013 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
04/20/2013 Getting Your Book or Manuscript Ready for Self-Publishing or Traditional Publishing
04/13/2013 11th Annual Celebration of Poetry
04/12/2013 2013 Golden Nib contest
03/20/2013 Virginia Festival of the Book
03/20/2013 VWC Board of Governors Meeting
03/01/2013 Teen Golden Nib Writing Contest Deadline
02/23/2013 Playwriting Workshop
11/03/2012 2012 VWC Annual Meeting & Awards Banquet
09/29/2012 Screenwriting with Richard Krevolin - Fall for the Book
09/29/2012 Self-publishing panel - Fall for the Book
09/08/2012 VWC 3rd Qtr. Board of Governors Meeting
08/04/2012 Navigating Your Writing Life 2012
05/01/2012 2012 Young Writers Golden Nib Contest
04/27/2012 2012 Virginia Writers Club College Scholarship
01/24/2012 2012 Innaugural Testing Phase
11/12/2011 2011 Annual Meeting
07/23/2011 Some Kind of Make Believe!
01/02/2011 Spring Shorts Contest
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