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Finalists for the 2014 Contest will be notified in June, and the winning pieces will be published in July. Stay tuned!

Contest description:

WriterHouse and C-VILLE Weekly invite you to submit a short work of creative nonfiction to Charlottesville’s annual writing contest. The final judge will be author Jane Alison. We are beginning a new tradition of rotating genres, with 2014 the first year for Creative Nonfiction (Fiction to return in 2016). One first prize winner will be awarded $500 and a one-year WriterHouse membership in each of the following categories: General, Local Flavor, and Youth. The winning pieces will be published in a July edition of C-VILLE Weekly and winners will be invited to read at a celebratory event.

Contest guidelines:

  • We define creative nonfiction as a true story with a narrative, told in a literary style. (For a more detailed definition, click here.)
  • Entrants must be Virginia residents or students enrolled in Virginia colleges and universities.
  • Submissions open 3/15/14, 12:00am through 5/22/14, 11:59pm
  • 1,500 Words maximum
  • Electronic submission only
  • Previously unpublished work only  ("published" means print or online, including blogs)
  • 12 point, Times New Roman, double spaced, paginated, Title in the header
  • The author's name cannot appear anywhere in the document
  • File formats accepted: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .pdf
  • The categories for entry are: General, Local Flavor (Charlottesville area), or Youth (18 years and younger at time of submission)
  • 1 entry per person total (choose only one category)
  • $10 Entry Fee
  • No erotica or self-help
  • Not open to C-VILLE Weekly staff or family of staff; not open to WriterHouse instructors, staff, Board, or family of Board

Submissions will open 3/15/14 at this link and close 5/22/14. If your questions are not answered above, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Sisters AntipodesJane AlisonJane Alison was born in Canberra, Australia, and  studied classics at Princeton and Brown universities and creative writing at Columbia. Her first novel, The Love-Artist, was published in 2001 by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and has been translated into seven languages. It was followed by a memoir, The Sisters Antipodes. She lives in Charlottesville and teaches creative writing at the University of Virginia.


[Submissions are now closed. Check back in spring of 2015 for next year's guidelines!] To begin the submission process, first you will be directed to PayPal to pay the non-refundable entry fee. When you have finished your payment, you will be directed to a receipt screen where you will click "Return to Writerhouse, Inc." to complete the contest submission form and submit your work. (Note: You don't need to have a PayPal account to pay with PayPal.) Unfortunately, we cannot offer a refund on contest entry payments under any circumstances.

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