Challenge into Change Writing Contest

Write to heal. Share to inspire.

The Women’s Initiative invites you to our

Challenge into Change Celebration

A Virginia Festival of the Book event

Wednesday, March 20, 6 – 7:30 pm
Carver Recreation Center
233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA

Participants in our writing contest will be recognized,
and award recipients will read from their work.

Featuring LaTanya McQueen, author of
the essay collection And It Begins Like This

“Balancing intimate investigation with intricate research, [McQueen] traces the ways the past is bloodline to the present. Gripping, urgent, at times even shocking, this is a deeply important book, one I will be thinking about for a long time.” – Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich

Download the printable event flyer

Learn more via the Virginia Festival of the Book

About Challenge into Change

Challenge into Change is a writing contest celebrating women's stories of growth and healing. Each year we invite participants to submit a piece of writing of 500 words or less about a woman (themselves or someone they know) who overcame a difficult situation in her life. Both prose and poetry are welcome. First-time writers are encouraged to enter!

Winners receive cash awards; all entrants have the chance to be published in our Challenge into Change book and will be honored at a ceremony at the 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.

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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