The Vanishing Writers Organization

April's prompt was to imagine that HRW disappeared overnight and Joe Barboza's submission was a perfect fit. See the full prompt after the story. When Hampton Roads Writers first disappeared, I'll be honest, I saw it as an opportunity. An approaching freedom. A release. And I felt good for my creator, newly unchained to pursue... Continue Reading →

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No Fee Contest/Cash Prize: Is this for real?

Two phrases together often catch a writer's attention.  No Fee and Cash Prize!  That's exactly what you'll find at HRW's 8th Annual Writers Conference. Attendees have the opportunity to submit in three categories: poetry; fiction; and nonfiction. Each category pays cash prizes. And did I mention there is no fee to submit? Here's what you'll... Continue Reading →

Words of love

To celebrate Valentine's Day this year, we asked our readers and fans to write a 600-word story to go along with this photo. Here are the entries we received: Love—Don't Leave Home Without It by Tammy Wartell Lynn felt like she was just background noise to the military. Everything else always came first: the mission,... Continue Reading →

It’s not what you know; it’s who you know

While this old saw isn’t exactly true for writers—it’s still important to write with authority, no matter how well-connected you are—establishing a network of writers and other industry professionals can be crucial to developing your career. The opportunity for networking at writers’ conferences should not be overlooked. I met my agent, Jeff Ourvan of the... Continue Reading →

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