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Congratulations to the winners of this year's writing contest!

Winner, General Category:
Robert Kubinec, for "Emotional Terrorism"

Honorable Mention, General Category: Julie Markham, for "A Life Sentence"
Honorable Mention, General Category: Claire Cameron, for "The Man in the Photograph"

Winner, Local Flavor Category: Jane Harrington, for "Into the Air"
Honorable Mention, Local Flavor Category: Bob Putnam, for "Nesting"

Winner, Youth Category: Anna Hennigan, for "The Weight of Departure"
Honorable Mention, Youth Category: Hannah Slayton, for "Carol"

Selecting the winners in each category was very difficult, and the quality of each piece was exceptional. Thank you to all of the participants, and for those who didn't win this time, we hope to read your work again next year!

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  • Previously unpublished work only  ("published" means print or online, including blogs)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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