Contests & Awards

Best Self-published Novel Contest

James River Writers recognizes the writing talents and entrepreneurial skills of indie authors. The contest is held in alternating years with the Best Unpublished Novel Contest.

Best Unpublished Novel Contest

James River Writers partners with Richmond Magazine to unearth the best unpublished fiction of aspiring authors in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Shann Palmer Poetry Contest

JRW and Richmond Magazine sponsor this contest to encourage Virginian poets to share their best work. The competition is held every other year, alternating with the Best Unpublished Novel Contest.

Emyl Jenkins Award

Each year, JRW recognizes an organization or person who, as Emyl Jenkins did, inspires a love of writing and writing education in Virginia.