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    Congratulations to the winners of the 3 FREE writing contests that were part of HRW's SIXTH Annual Writers' Conference.

    2014 Nonfiction Prize:
    1st Place - Sue Perna
    2nd Place - Karen Armstrong
    3rd Place - Cecelia Robbins
    Hon. Mention - Kay Brownlow

    2014 Frank Lawlor Memorial Fiction Prize:
    1st Place - Kathy Hessmer
    2nd Place - Jane Gatewood
    3rd Place - Rae Spencer
    Hon. Mention - Jan Carlson

    2014 Barbara Dunn Hartin Memorial Poetry Prize:
    1st Place - Rae Spencer
    2nd Place - Ian Karamarkovich
    3rd Place - Kay Brownlow
    Hon. Mention - Kent Miller


    Want to honor or memorialize someone special? For a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE contribution of $1,000 or more, you can endow HRW's 2014 Nonfiction Prize in that person's name.



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    Hampton Roads Writers, Inc. is a nonprofit, Virginia Beach, Virginia-based group of professional and aspiring writers, friends, and supporters of the arts who have joined together to promote the craft and passion of writing and the love of reading and literature in Virginia. We aim to encourage readers and writers of all ages and talents, as well as acknowledge and celebrate awareness of local and contemporary authors and their work. We serve as a resource to our community by creating and supporting literary events throughout the Hampton Roads area.


    HRW thanks TowneBank and The Muse Writing Center in Norfolk for their sponsorship of the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Writers' conferences. We'd also like to thank Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission for a $500 grant in support of HRW's 2011 writers' conference and the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts for the generous supporting grant in 2010.



    As of 3-25-2013, HRW's mailing address has changed to:
    Hampton Roads Writers
    P.O. Box 56228
    Virginia Beach, VA 23456


    Visitors since February 9, 2008


    In compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, HRW does not discriminate against persons with physical or mental disabilities and makes every effort to accomodate anyone who might need special assistance to partake of HRW sponsored activities.

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