2022 Local Author Showcase Event Applications are Open!

2022 Local Author Showcase Event Applications are Open!
Newport News Public Library will host 3 days of discussions followed by a Showcase for Local Authors in Hampton Roads starting November 2 - 5. Interested published and/or self-published authors are encouraged to apply here.
To Participate:
• Local Authors must live in the Hampton Roads Area.
• Authors must complete an online application here or a paper application may be picked up from Virgil I. Grissom, Main Street, or Pearl Bailey Library between July 1 - July 31, 2022.
• Authors must drop off one copy of their work at a Newport News Public Library branch of choice.
• Selected authors will have the opportunity to have panel discussions, book signings, and sell copies of their book.
• All selected authors will be notified by Aug 29, 2022
(See application for additional information)

Virginia Festival of the Book

Information can be found on their website.

CNU 40th Annual Writers Conference 

Information can be found on their website. Early registration ends April 15.

Three Ravens Publishing Nightly Writing Sprints

Three Ravens runs an evening Writing sprint on their discord server from 7-9pm on Tues/Weds/Thurs, and Sat/Sun. Sprints are a writing tool meant to help writers make progress on their writing or edits. The idea is that a timer is set and each writer works steadily for that amount of time without stopping to do edits, looking up information, or other behaviors that draw away from successful first draft or final draft writing. At the end of each sprint, writers post their progress in a friendly competition that is mostly self-focused on beating your own word count and making progress. If interested, contact Charity Ayres at charityrayres(at) for the link to the discord server.

Submission Opportunity

BRW Invites VWC Members to Participate in Upcoming Publication

Blue Ridge Writers publishes a quarterly journal. This is our 4th year. As we are a small club, we scramble at times for submissions. Our editorial board discussed this and believes it appropriate to expand our publication so that other chapters and writers can use the publication as a tool to enhance membership. Most of you know me (John Nicolay), but our associate editor is taking the lead on facilitating submissions, corresponding wi9th authors. We want to build a publication for fresh voices. The title of the journal will shift to embrace a broader view of our intent. First things first.

Interested in being part of the birth? You'll be famous. Submit work to this email. Krysta is the associate editor. We plan to publish in early April. The deadline for Spring is March 15, 2022. Poetry up to six pieces, or six pages (depending on the number of submissions). Prose up to 3500 words in angle or multiple pieces. Include your name and chapter and mailing address in the title space of your submission. We may ask for authors to purchase their own copies, but this is a discussion we will have later. You may get another invitation from the organization coordinators.

Authors retain all rights. Journals are illustrated with author approval. We do this to avoid bleeding a few lines onto the last page leaving a too obvious mostly blank page. Poetry is not illustrated unless the poet would like this addition.

BRW has an editorial board of four. We are also planning the publication of a poetry collection this summer. We have considerable interest in this.

Submit to this email:
Let's build a premier Va journal.
Thank you.

YCPL's Children's and Teen's Book Festival

The Tabb Library is hosting the Children's and Teen's Book Festival from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2022. The event will feature only children’s and teen books to highlight the importance of youth literacy. Creators of books for toddlers, children, tweens and teens who live in the Hampton Roads area are invited to apply for a space to display and sell their published works. Applications are available online and are due by March 4. There is no fee to participate. However, there are a limited number of spaces available, so not all applicants will be accepted. Approved applicants will be notified of their inclusion in the event on Friday, March 11, 2022. 

The Muse

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