Hampton Roads Writers - Where Characters Connect
Registration for this year's writers conference is open and is available ONLY through our website. There are a limited number of agent pitch sessions that are being filled on a first-come, first-served basis. No pitch sessions remain for Jessica Errera.

One of our two keynoters, Bob Mayer, has pulled out of the conference. With Bob's departure from the conference, we have had to pull his pre-conference master class from our schedule and will not be offering the 4 classes he was to have taught. Bob has been replaced by author and professor, Andrew Bertaina. In addition to Andrew's keynote address on Saturday, Andrew will teach two classes: The Art of the Personal Essay and Fabulist and Surrealist Flash Fiction.

We also are offering a 5-hour writer boot camp taught by Edmund Schubert as a pre-conference option on Thursday, September 23, from 11 - 4. This special pre-conference class is limited to 15 people; only a few spots remain. Again, details about this are on the conference registration page.

We have a few partial and full need-based scholarships; they do not cover any of the conference extra sessions or lodging.

If you plan to stay at the hotel during the conference (Thursday and Friday nights , Sept 23 -24), please arrange for your room as soon as possible. Details are found here.

If you want one of our very limited number of vendor tables, you will need to act quickly to reserve one.

Hope to see you at the conference.


As of August 26, we still plan to have an in-person conference. However, we have instituted the following COVID-19 policy: All conference attendees are required to be fully vaccinated (if medically able) and be masked throughout the entirety of the conference. For those people unable to be vaccinated, we require proof of a negative COVID test performed no more than three days prior to the start of the conference.

We are working with the hotel to assure all mitigation measures are followed. The food service will be handled solely by gloved hotel staff thus alleviating the need for attendees to touch any of the serving implements. Our conference registration numbers are about half what we receive most years so crowding in any of the classrooms should not be a problem.

We undertake these measures to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you.
Next Zoom Social hour, AKA the Quarantini, is September Third, from 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

If you don't register, we won't know you want to attend. Previous to the debut of the new website, we physically emailed the zoom link to anyone who emailed a request for it. We have changed things. If you'd like to receive a zoom invite, please email Rita.

Traveling Pen Series of Writers Workshops

To attend any of these workshops, you must register for them prior to the workshop. After you make your payment (or are approved for a partial or full scholarship) you will receive a zoom link to the event.

Each 2.5 hour workshop costs $16 for HRW members and $26 for nonmembers

October 16 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EDT Online

Writing Fantasy ,presented by fantasy writer L. Penelope

November 20 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm EST Online

Scene Building in Novels: Scene by Scene, presented by Laura Ellen Scott


to the following HRW Members:

Pamela Denyes

  1. Vallum Poetry has accepted her poem “Suffer for the Words” for upcoming publication! "I could not be more delighted," Denyes says, "since it is about the difficulty of paring one’s words down to the barest perfect meanings in order to intrigue and entice the reading audience to allow the remaining words to mean something personal to them.”
  2. Her poem “Sonnet for a New Life” is out in Shakespeare of Today, an anthology published by Wingless Dreamer.

Ken Poyner

    Ken Poyner's new poem “Quantum Entanglement” is out in the September/October Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Print only. He also has a lot of flash fiction in Daily Science Fiction, which is available online.

    Newsletter Editor -- Dr. Rita Budrionis. If you'd like to write an article in your area of expertise or have an announcement you'd like to share, please email her.

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    Terry Cox-Joseph is a triple threat in the Fine Arts world. She is a talented and expressive painter, a sensitive published poet, and a long-time news and print writer across many genres.

    Originally from Minnesota, she and her husband migrated after their academic years to the more pleasant climate of Virginia.

    Terry soon found an editorial home with the Denbigh Gazette in Newport News, while her husband, Vincent, established his chiropractic practice. The inevitable culture shock between the midwest and coastal Virginia was finally resolved when a sushi bar opened in the small city.

    Basically shy, Terry’s assignments from the newspaper threw her into contact with all sorts of people in the area, from mechanics to politicians, housewives to police officers. Her success as a reporter soon included the work of manager and editor.

    When pregnant with her first child, she faced the hard choice of work versus home and her daughter. The family soon included a son and the new reality of working as a freelance author. She added poetry to her credits and has also started a novel.

    Terry’s list of published works includes nonfiction books including Adjustments (subject: the making of a chiropractor); magazine articles for diverse outlets (from Dog World, to Entrepreneur, to Writers’ Digest, and many more).

    During her editorial years, Terry joined the Rotary Club of Newport News and credits her skills in organizing meetings and events to their training. She used those talents for several years planning and managing the well-known and prestigious Christopher Newport University’s Annual Writer’s Conference. There was some crossover with the Hampton Roads Writers in Virginia Beach where Terry found another home for her talents. She is now a valued member.

    Terry is the President of the Poetry Society of Virginia, which is open to any poet in Virginia from first time neophyte to experienced poet. The organization has four luncheon board meetings each year around the state to enrich contact among poets as well as a wonderful yearly poetry contest with over twenty different categories. Monetary prizes are awarded for many of the distinctive areas of interest. Check the PoetrySocietofVirginia.org for more information. (In a particularly subtle Virginian salute, the contest ends on Edgar Alan Poe’s death date.)

    Terry’s artwork is featured at On The Hill Gallery. She often participates in local Art Festivals. Look for her on Facebook and check out her website. https://www.facebook.com/Terry-Cox-Joseph-337287506291005 and www.terrycoxjoseph.com.


    Reginald Esteban
    Cheryl Finch
    April Gallagher
    Mella Leibrand
    Portia Powell
    Mary Madi

    We look forward to meeting you at HRW's events!

    As a reminder to all HRW members, please add/update your picture and writer bio to your personal member page.
    Did you know that Old Dominion University (along with all Virginia Universities) has a free tuition program for Seniors over 60 years of age?

    Currently they are offering an asynchronous (online) 300 level creative writing class. You don't even have to DRIVE to ODU!

    Call the registrar (757-683-4425) and find out how to join the class.

    If you haven't already done so, check out our website and register so you can access all things HRW

    It's easy & it's FREE

    1. Click on the log-in/register link at the upper right side of the page
    2. Enter your user name like this FIRST.LAST
    3. Then enter your email address
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    6. Check the box that says: Send these credentials via email
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    Registering on the website is NOT the same as joining HRW as a member. Registering is free. Becoming a member costs a small, tax-deductible yearly fee that helps us cover some of our operating expenses.

    If you do decide to join HRW you will receive discounts when you sign up for a TPS workshop or for the conference. You'll also have access to your own Public Member Profile as part of the Member Directory. More details are available on the HELP page.
    young poets
    Young poets, do you have thoughts on local and/or global concerns that affect you in your town, city, state? Would you like to work creatively and collaboratively with other writers? Virginia Poet Laureate Luisa A. Igloria is leading the Young Poets in the Community Program throughout the commonwealth. Click this link for information and application details. Deadline: October 15.


    • White Enso and hyakumonogatarikaidankai

      Right now, until Halloween, the hyakumonogatarikaidankai podcast is underway, with the uploading of one podcast a day until Halloween, and on Halloween, there will be an event. If you have a story about the supernatural that you'd would like to contribute to the kiadankai, please send it to

      You can read all the stories featured on the podcast since August 1st—it’s a real diverse selection, from straight up horror to moody haiku to just eerie stories that are suitable for all audiences—on the White Enso website, and there is a link there to the podcasts, too.

    • Literary Mama

    Literary Mama features writing by both established and emerging writers about the complexities of motherhood. We believe in a wide-ranging understanding of motherhood as experienced through multiple lenses and bodies. We seek top-notch fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction from self-identified mothers. We also publish book reviews, profiles of mother writers and artists, guest blog posts, and original photography to complement our content.

    We are especially looking to hear from traditionally underrepresented writers such as those who identify as BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and from other diverse backgrounds.

    Literary Mama seeks:
    • Submissions by anyone who identifies as a mother, including those hoping to conceive and those who have lost a child. We also occasionally publish work by fathers.
    • Writing rooted in and inspired by the experience of motherhood in all its variations.
    • Fresh perspectives, superior craft, and vivid imagery.
    • Revelation so stark that it hurts. Pathos can reveal, but so can humor and joy.
    Please note:
    • We are open for submission year round.
    • Standard response time is three months.
    • Please indicate in your cover letter if this is a simultaneous submission. If your submission is accepted elsewhere, please let us know immediately.
    • We accept only previously unpublished work.
    • Electronic submissions only. Please send submissions to the appropriate departmental editors after reading department-specific guidelines (see below). Include a brief cover letter and bio.
    • Authors and photographers retain rights. Please credit us if your work is republished, and please be sure to let us know so we can celebrate your achievements!
    • Literary Mama is not currently a paying market. We are all volunteers: editors, writers, visual artists, and editorial assistants. With the publication of each issue, we make a concerted effort to promote the work of our contributors via Facebook, Twitter, and our newsletter.

    • Nzuri call for Fiction, Essays, Photography, Art, Poetry, Digital Storytelling

    The objective of Nzuri (meaning Beautiful/Fine in Swahili) is to promote the artistic, aesthetic, creative, and scholarly work consistent with the values and ideals of Umoja community. African American and Other Writers and Artists are urged to submit their best written or artistic work for consideration. Check out open submission opportunities for Nzuri Journal of Coastline College at Submittable. We are now accepting submissions in all categories for the Fall 2021 issue. Essays and fictional pieces should be a maximum of 4,000 words. Website: nzuriJournal.com.

    • BLUELINE Seeks Exceptional Nature Writing

    Deadline: November 30, 2021
    BLUELINE: A Literary Magazine Dedicated to the Spirit of the Adirondacks seeks poems, stories, and essays about the Adirondacks and regions similar in geography and spirit, focusing on nature’s shaping influence. Submissions window open until November 30. Decisions mid-February. Payment in copies. Simultaneous submissions accepted if identified as such. Please notify if your submission is placed elsewhere. Electronic submissions encouraged, as Word files, to . Please identify the genre in the subject line. Further information at bluelineadkmagazine.org.

    • Angel Rust Seeking Submissions for Issue 3 & 4

    Deadline: Rolling
    Angel Rust is a new, queer-led online magazine looking to publish exciting, challenging, and edgy work in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, with a particular interest in transgressive or experimental short stories, strong-hearted essays or critiques, and radical poems in any form from writers with unique perspectives and an unshakable fearlessness. No submission fees. New issues go up every month.

    • The Twin Bill Seeks Baseball Essays, Fiction, Poetry and Art

    Deadline: October 1, 2021
    Submissions are open until October 1 for the Fall Issue of The Twin Bill, an online baseball literary journal. We are looking for essays between 600-1000 words, fiction up to 3,000 words, up to five poems, and visual art. Please send submissions to . If you are interested in illustrating our pieces, please let us know. All submissions will receive a personal response and there is no submission fee. We will publish on October 26 for the start of the World Series. For more details, visit www.thetwinbill.com/submissions/.

    • Woodcrest Magazine

    Deadline: December 1, 2021
    Woodcrest is pleased to announce an open submission period beginning July 2021. We welcome submissions from everyone. The literary journal of Cabrini University, Woodcrest aims to publish work that is surprising, challenging, and grounded in the human experience. We want to read your submissions of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, hybrid genres, and graphic arts. Please use our Submittable page for more information about submissions.

    • Submit Your 50-word Story to 50 Give or Take

    Deadline: Rolling
    50 Give or Take daily delivers micro-fiction of fifty words or less straight into your inbox. Please subscribe (it’s free!) to get an idea of what is published, before submitting your work. All accepted 50 Give or Take pieces will be published in a print collection at the end of every year, starting in 2021. All you have to do is submit your: 50-word story, one-line bio, website or social media URL, and a vertical photo of yourself to 50giveortake@vinesleavespress.com.

    • BreakBread Magazine Seeks Young Creatives 13-25

    Deadline: Rolling
    BreakBread Magazine is a magazine for all young creatives between the ages of 13 and 25. We are always looking for vivid, timely poetry, nonfiction, short stories, comics, and visual arts (photography, illustrated narratives, and hybrid work) that explore new directions in arts and letters. Submissions are always free. Visit breakbreadproject.submittable.com/submit to send us your work. Check out our website for more information.

    • The Blue Mountain Review

    Deadline: Year-round
    The Blue Mountain Review launched from Athens, Georgia in 2015 with the mantra, “We’re all south of somewhere.” As a journal of culture, the BMR strives to represent all life through its stories. Stories are vital to our survival. What we sing saves the soul. Our goal is to preserve and promote lives told well through prose, poetry, music, and the visual arts. bluemountainreview.submittable.com/submit

    • The American Journal of Poetry Volume XII Call for Submissions

    Deadline: Rolling
    Now reading for Volume XII, our Winter/Spring 2022 issue. Please visit us to read our previous volumes filled with poems from poets the world over, from the first-published to the most acclaimed in literature. A unique voice is highly prized. Be bold, uncensored, take risks. Our hallmark is "STRONG Rx MEDICINE." We are the home of the long poem! No restrictions as to subject matter, style, or length. Published biannually online. Submissions accepted through our online submission manager, Submittable; a submission fee is charged.

    • Club Plum Seeks Literary Horror for October 2021 Issue

    Deadline: September 30, 2021
    Please send your dark, surreal, horrific, and strange flash fiction, prose poetry, hybrid forms, and art to Club Plum for the October 2021 issue. Send your unsettling. Send your beautifully morbid. See www.clubplumliteraryjournal.com for guidelines.

    • Awakenings Review
    Now accepting Seeks Poetry, Fiction, & Nonfiction submissions for our Fall 2022 issue, The Awakenings Review is an annual lit mag committed to publishing poetry, short stories, nonfiction, and photography by writers, poets, and artists who have a relationship with mental illness: either self, family member, or friend. Our striking hardcopy publication is one of the nation's leading journals of this genre. Creative endeavors and mental illness have had a close association. The Awakenings Review publishes works derived from writers’ and poets’ experiences with mental illness, though mental illness need not be the subject of your work. Visit www.AwakeningsProject.org for submission guidelines.

    • Parhelion Literary Call for Submissions

    Deadline: November 30, 2021
    Parhelion is a young but established literary magazine based in Richmond, Virginia. We are now open to fiction, flash, poetry, and creative nonfiction submissions for our Winter 2022 issue. We remain open to pitches, articles, and content for features all year round. To see what kind of work we publish, and to get more detailed information on submitting, visit us online. As always, writers of all backgrounds and identities are welcome.

    • The New Verse News Seeks Current Events Poetry

    Deadline: Year-round
    Since 2005, The New Verse News has covered the news of the day with poems on issues, large and small, international and local. It relies on the submission of poems (especially those of a politically progressive bent) by writers from all over the world. The editors update the website every day with a poetic take on a current and specific headline. See the website for guidelines and examples. Then paste your non-simultaneous submission and a brief bio in the text of an email (no attachments, please) to nvneditor(at)gmail.com. Write "Verse News Submission" in the subject line of your email.

    * Please let us know if you receive publication success via any of these calls.

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