Poetry & Prose Contest

Calling all middle and high school students! Submit your creative writing for the opportunity to be in the twenty-third annual Virginia Festival of the Book.

The 2017 Poetry & Prose Contest is open to students in grades 5-8 and 9-12 in the City of Charlottesville and the Counties of Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson.  Selected works will be anthologized and students will be invited to read aloud their winning entries at the Virginia Festival of the Book’s Poetry & Prose Celebration on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at 7 PM at the Charlottesville Omni Hotel.

Submissions open on December 1, 2016, and all submissions must be received by Wednesday, February 15, 2017, at 5:00 PM. Please send submissions via https://tupelopress-twc.submittable.com/submit.

Sponsored by the Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center and the Virginia Center for the Book

Guidelines

  1. Submissions will be accepted via Submittable, at https://tupelopress-twc.submittable.com/submit.
  2. Judging will be blind.
  3. Pieces must be poetry or prose on any topic. Prose may not exceed 1,000 words. Poetry may not exceed two single-spaced pages.
  4. One entry per person.
  5. Open only to middle and high school students in the City of Charlottesville and Counties of Albemarle, Greene, Fluvanna, Louisa, and Nelson.
  6. Winning entries will be invited to read at the Poetry & Prose Celebration on March 21, 2017, at the Charlottesville Omni Hotel.
  7. All submissions from grades 9-12 are eligible to be published in the Crossroads V anthology of teen writing, and presented at the 2017 Virginia Festival of the Book. All rights remain with the author.
  8. Entrants may select to be considered for the first annual Cville Pride Award (see below). Winners will be selected by the Charlottesville Pride Community Network and announced at the March 21st event.

Questions? Email Kirsten Miles for inquiries on high school entries or Sarah Lawson for inquiries on middle school entries.

To download a printable Poetry & Prose Contest flyer (pdf), click here

Cville Pride Award

As part of the Virginia Festival of the Book’s annual Poetry & Prose Contest, the inaugural Cville Pride Award seeks to recognize student writers who embrace topics and/or perspectives that are relevant to the LGBTQ+ community. These may range from discussions of identity and selfhood, to explorations of sexuality, gender, and/or the process of coming out.

Students who are interested in being considered for the award may self-select on their application when submitting work to the Poetry & Prose competition. One winner and one runner-up will be selected by the Cville Pride judges. Winners will be announced at the Poetry & Prose Celebration at the Omni Hotel Charlottesville.

For questions about the Charlottesville Pride Community Network, this award, or the blind judging process, please email Amy Sarah Marshall.