Virginia Festival of the Book Teen Writing Contest

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


A. All submissions open December 1st, 2016, and close February 15th, 2017. Submissions from all students in the city of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and adjacent counties are eligible to be presented at the Virginia Festival of the Book. 

B. Each submission must include (1) the writer’s name; (2) the name of the school or home school; (3) the teacher’s name and parent/guardian’s name* and email; and (4) the school or home phone number, in the Cover Letter section, not in the body of the submission. 

D. To submit work to the Cville Pride Contest for work about or involving LGBTQ+ identity and/or community,** please check the appropriate box for Poetry and Prose Submissions.

E. Middle School Student submissions are judged (blind) by the Virginia Festival of the Book staff and a guest author judge.

F. High School Submissions are judged (blind) by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, professor of English at SUNY-Fredonia, whose books have been winners of the ForeWord Magazine Poetry Book of the Year and the Global Filipino Literary Award; and winner of the Balcones Prize. Please be sure no identifying information (no name) is in your document. Your submission(s) will all be linked to the information on your submission form.

G. Written work must be Poetry or Prose on any topic. Prose may not exceed 1,000 words. Poetry may not exceed two single-spaced pages

H. Entrants for the Crossroads V contest, which is exclusively black and white photography, are limited to one photograph entry per High School student, 400 mb limit. Photographs may not have been previously published in a past Crossroads Anthology.

I. One Prose or Poetry Entries per student, and will be eligible for the Virginia Festival of the Book Poetry & Prose Contest, and for publication in the Crossroads V anthology.

J. Open only to students in Charlottesville, Albemarle County, and adjacent counties.

K. Winning entries will be invited to read at the Poetry & Prose Celebration, to be held at the Omni Hotel Charlottesville at 7:00 PM on March 21, 2017.

L. Submissions from High School students only are eligible to be published in the Crossroads V anthology of teen writing. All rights to all written work from all teen students remain with the author.

M. Thanks to generous support from the Secular Society, we will again be offering a $500 prize for the winning entry in the High School Contest, as selected by our judge, Aimee Nezhukumatathil.

N. Additional copies of the Contest Guidelines are available at VaBook.org.