In partnership with Richmond magazine, James River Writers offers annual writing contests on a three-year sequence:
- 2017: Best Unpublished Novel Contest unearths the best unpublished fiction of aspiring authors in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
- 2018: Shann Palmer Poetry Contest encourages Virginian poets to share their best work.
- 2019: Best Self-published Novel Contest recognizes the writing talents and entrepreneurial skills of indie authors.
Each year, JRW recognizes an organization or person who, as Emyl Jenkins did, inspires a love of writing and writing education in Virginia.
The Best Unpublished Novel Contest is a partnership between James River Writers and Richmond magazine.
The contest is open for submissions January 1 through March 31, 2017. Submissions are now closed.
Writers may submit the first 50 pages of a previously unsubmitted novel and the $25 entry fee.
The first-prize winner receives $500, publication of an excerpt in the September issue of Richmond magazine, a ticket to the annual James River Writers Conference, and feedback on the manuscript. Two finalists each receive $200.