Challenge into Change Writing Contest

Write to heal. Share to inspire.

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Challenge into Change is a writing contest celebrating women's stories of 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) who overcame a difficult situation in her life. Both prose and poetry are welcome. First-time writers are encouraged to enter!

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 2019 Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville. 

This year’s deadline has passed. Winners will be announced at the Virginia Festival of the Book on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Stay tuned for details!

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


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