Submission Guidelines

New River Valley Voices Competition

The next Valley Voices Writing Celebration will take place in Spring 2020. Time and date will be announced in late 2019/early 2020.

We are currently closed to submissions.

Submission Details



  1. Submissions must be unpublished at the time of entry and must not have been presented in a public venue in the New River Valley.
  2. Winners must prepare to present their works before a live audience by attending a one-on-one session, at no cost, with a Valley Voices coach. The purpose of this coaching session is to polish the readings, increase writers’ comfort level in presenting before an audience, and enhance the overall quality of the program.
  3. Winners must attend an informal group rehearsal on the Friday prior to the performance.
  4. All winners are expected to be present on the day of the performance to read their winning entries.


  • 12-point Times New Roman (or similar) font
  • One-inch margins
  • Double-spaced type for prose
  • All documents should be formatted using only normal text formatting with no layout and design features (e.g., no tables, columns, graphics, paragraph outlining, or drawing features such as text boxes or text following a curve, etc.).
  • The top of each page should include title, category (prose or poetry) and page number.
  • Include a cover page with title, name, phone & email, word count, and submission type (prose, poetry, flash fiction, 18 and under, etc.).
  • Author’s name should appear only on the cover page. Submissions are judged anonymously.
  • Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered.
  • Submissions should be emailed as attachments (Word document, .doc or .docx) to

You will receive an email confirmation of your submission within five business days. Please contact Valley Voices if you do not.

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