Enter by July 15 to compete to be one of the 3 Writers to go on to the  State-Level Contest!

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The Golden Nib is the Virginia Writers Club (VWC) annual writing competition with cash prizes for state-level First Place-$100, Second Place-$50, and Third Place-$25, for each category of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Each chapter submits the club level first prize winners to the state finals. Winners of the State-level VWC Contest will be announced and awards presented at the VWC Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony in November.

The CBW Entry Deadline for email submissions is July 15!  (VWC no longer requires paper copies as well.)

CBW awards a prize of $25 for First Place in fiction, nonfiction and poetry at the club level.
There are no fees to enter. (CBW level contestants must be Virginia residents who are CBW members in good standing. First Place CBW winners must be members of VWC in good standing to be entered in the State competition and may submit VWC application with winning entry.)

See the Contest Rules below for formatting and other requirements!

CONTEST RULES for Golden Nib Contest
Entries will be accepted on any subject in the categories of Fiction, Non-fiction 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  • Manuscripts must be the original, unpublished work of the entrant, and must not have won a prize at any level in any other competition.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 allows entries published in your personal blogs. Writing published on social network sites, in an online publication, or in blogs other than your own is not eligible. 

  • Entrants may submit only one entry per category of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. 

  • Fiction and nonfiction 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: Entries must have two separate files:
           1. A cover sheet including author’s name, address, telephone number, email address, category (fiction, nonfiction, poetry) and title.

          2. The contest entry manuscript which 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.
          All entries must use must use a plain, legible font, such as Times New Roman in 12-to 13- pitch and the two files (cover sheet and submission) must be in a format that can be edited in Word, such as .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt.
         Prose (fiction and nonfiction) manuscripts must be double-spaced, with one-inch margins top, bottom and left, and a ragged right margin.
         Poetry manuscripts must be single-spaced with one-inch margins top, bottom and left.

         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.

Email submissions to: CBWreply@gmail.com

If you have questions, email or call 804-725-6163.
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CBW Summer Celebration Dinner Meeting
Wednesday, June 19
Speaker: Abigail Putnam
"Flash Fiction: Small Stories with Big Impact."

The Chesapeake Bay Writers will hold its dinner meeting on June 19th in Hayes to celebrate the winners of their new annual Keating Award and award prizes to those who can attend.

Abigail Putnam from the Muse Writers Center in Norfolk will speak on, "Flash Fiction: Small Stories with Big Impact."  As our attention spans are shrinking and the age of online literary magazines and journals are on the rise, flash fiction is in greater demand than ever. This talk is dedicated to the art of making bite-sized stories feed the minds and imaginations of your reader long after the story’s end.

There will be a social period at 5 with dinner at 5:30. $15 for members or guests. For last minute reservations, call 804-725-6163.

Abigail Putnam, Editor-in-chief of Penultimate Peanut Magazine, is from Suffolk, VA where the humidity just might kill you and the nearest museum keeps a hundred-year-old ham on display. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from Arcadia University and her fiction has appeared in Maudlin House, Five on the Fifth, the Dirty Pool, and Frostfire Worlds AND teaches fiction classes at the Muse Writers Center.
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Announcing the Keating Award Winners!

Prizes will be awarded AT THE JUNE 19TH CBW Dinner Meeting.

First Place: Frank Milligan, Williamsburg, Va “Tit for Tat”
Second Place: Patricia Procopi, Hayes, Va “Please…Tell Me More”
Third Place: Tim Holland, Williamsburg, Va “Changing Trains”

First Place: Sara Etgen-Baker, Anna, Texas “Table for Two”
Second Place: Frank Milligan, Williamsburg, Va “The Last Retreat”
Third Place: Corey Stewart Hassman,  Kilmarnock, Va “Revelation in the Wreckage”
Honorable Mention:   Sara Etgen-Baker, Anna, Texas “Running with My Words”

First Place: Ellen Dugan, Richmond, Va “Have You Ever Tried to Meditate?”
Second Place: Kortni Austin, Elizabeth City, NC. Collection –
Third Place: Ellen Dugan Collection – “Are the Bullets Real?” “Leaving,” “Fragile People.” 

Poetry Honorable Mentions:
Craig MacQueen, Lancaster, Va “Night Heron”
Ellen Dugan “Stormy Weather” (part of a collection)
Laura Forster, North Chesterfield, Va “Exceeding the Chandrasekhar Limit” (part of a collection)
Gloria Wang, Fairfax, Va  “Home is Far From Where I Stand” (part of a collection)

       Click for Details and Bios!

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Apply Now for 2018 CBW Second Monday Radio Interviews with Neal Steele!

We are looking for members with recently published books to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity to be interviewed by Neal Steele on XTRA 99.1 FM.  Email Tracy Lanum at tracygl@cox.net or call (804) 815-9954 to get a copy of the show guidelines and discuss scheduling an interview.

How to Join Virginia Writers Club

VWC Membership is independent of CBW Chapter Membership and requires a separate application and dues payment. If you wish to join the Virginia Writers Club (VWC), click here.