Challenge into Change Writing Contest

Everyone has a story to tell. WHAT'S YOURS?

 

 Photo by Ulises Martinez. 

Photo by Ulises Martinez. 

Thank you so much to everyone who contributed to and supported this year’s Challenge into Change. It was an incredible celebration of the hope and healing that are at the heart of our agency.

On Wednesday, April 18, 150 people came to Carver Recreation Center to celebrate women’s stories of healing and renewal. All the authors contributed their courage and wisdom; we are so grateful to them for sharing their stories with us.

We are honored to present this year’s winners:

First Place, Dr. Allison Kretlow, for her poem, “Four Year Old Faith”
Second Place, Bellamy Shoffner, for her essay, “Against Adversity, We Can Win”
Third Place (tie), Christa, for her essay, “Giving Birth”
Third Place (tie), Linda Martinussen, for her essay, “Ode to Elsa”

Purchase your copy of this year's Challenge into Change book, which includes stories and poems from our 81 participants,
at New Dominion Bookshop on the Downtown Mall, 404 East Main Street, Charlottesville.

Generously Sponsored By

 
 

Sponsorships defray event expenses, allowing 100% of donations to directly fund our mental health services


About Challenge into Change

Challenge into Change is a forum for real-life stories about women overcoming personal struggles to find growth and healing. We invite you to submit a piece of writing of 500 words or less about a woman (yourself or someone you know) surmounting a difficult situation in her life. Both prose and poetry are welcome. Winners will receive cash awards; all entrants will have the chance to be published in our Challenge into Change book and will be honored at a ceremony at the 2018 Festival of the Book in Charlottesville.

Submit Your Work

This year's deadline has passed.

Read Past Winners' Work

All entries will have a chance to be published in the Challenge into Change book. Click on the image of the books to read excerpts of past winners.

 2015-16 Contest

2015-16 Contest

 2016-17 Contest

2016-17 Contest

Questions?

Call or email us: 434.872.0047 or info@thewomensinitiative.org.

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2016 Challenge into Change

Thank you to everyone who made this year’s Challenge into Change at the Virginia Festival of the Book such a success. On Wednesday, March 22, 180 people filled the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center to celebrate women’s stories of healing and renewal. All the authors contributed their courage and wisdom; we are so grateful to them for sharing their stories with us.

We are honored to present this year’s winners:
First Place, Aerial Perkins, for her essay “Pretty Brown Girl”
Second Place, Kaity L. Yang, for her poem “Chronic Guest”
Third Place, Becca Pizmoht, for her essay “Alive”

How to Get Your Copy of the Book

The 2016 Challenge into Change book contains the amazing essays and poetry of all of this year's participants. A limited number of copies of the book are available for purchase for $10 each at our office at 1101 East High Street, Charlottesville. You may also order copies from Lulu Press or Amazon. by clicking here. The books will be available through other distributors soon; check back here for details.

 

 

 



Challenge into Change
at the 2017 Festival of the Book