Challenge into Change Writing Contest

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

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Witness the power of storytelling as healing...

Challenge into Change Celebration

A Virginia Festival of the Book Event

Wednesday, March 21, 6-7:30 pm
Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA

Participants in our Challenge into Change Writing Contest will be recognized, and award recipients will read from their work.

Featuring a reading by bestselling author Tova Mirvis from her new memoir "The Book of Separation."

Read more at the Virginia Festival of the Book.


Challenge into Change is a forum for real-life stories about women overcoming personal struggles to find growth and healing.

Challenge into Change is a forum for real-life stories about women overcoming personal struggles to find growth and healing.

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