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2016 Poetry at B&N

Winners' photos soon.

Ligonier Valley Writers’ 25th annual Student Poetry Contest has found some very talented poets among local students in grades 4-12.  They will be honored at an awards ceremony on Saturday, April 23, at the Greensburg Barnes & Noble (1099 E. Pittsburgh St.) at 4:00 p.m.
Thirty cash awards will be handed out, and many students will read their winning poems aloud. Booklets of all thirty winning poems will be given to the poets.

As part of the poetry celebration, LVW is having a bookfair at Barnes & Noble.  Here’s a way to support a local cultural institution that won’t cost you an extra dime.  If you’re shopping anyway, on April 23 in all B&N stores and April 24-29 online, B&N will give LVW a percentage of every dollar you spend. Every book or greeting card you buy helps to maintain LVW's publications and programs.  LVW’s Bookfair ID number is 11818507.

For more information, email or call LVW publicity director Judith Gallagher at jgallagher@LVWonline.org or (724) 593-7294.

Loyalhanna Review 2016

Writing Opportunities for Adults: The reading period for submissions to The Loyalhanna Review opens February 1, 2016.  Submit your poem, essay, short story, or artwork before May 1, 2016.  The deadline for submissions to the Flash Fiction Contest is August 15, 2016.

LR 2015 is online, and please note this correction.

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Flash Fiction 2015


Ed Kelemen announces the winners of the LVW 2015 Flash Fiction Contest.

Ligonier Valley Writers

Ligonier Valley Writers is celebrating 27 years of serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania.  For more about LVW events, publications, and writing contests, visit this website often.  The next major event will be the Student Poetry Contest, which offers cash prizes to poets in grades 4-12.

Ligonier Valley Writers is a non-profit writers group in Southwestern Pennsylvania which encourages interest in the written word and the continued perfecting of the art and craft of writing.

Ligonier Valley Writers sponsors workshops, programs, and the Loyalhanna Review is the literary journal published each year by the Ligonier Valley Writers.  Check for submission guidelines on the Loyalhanna Review section.  The 2014 edition is now available online.

For LVW services and activities, click one of the menu buttons to the left.

Questions about writing or getting published?  Ligonier Valley Writers has resources of experienced published writers in most genres who would be glad to respond to your questions.  If one of us can't come up with some good advice, we can probably point you in a good direction.  Try us out.  Just click Email on the menu and follow the links.

New members are always welcome!  Join now for full benefits in 2015.

We depend on the much appreciated financial support of members and donors.  Without it, our many programs could not have been developed.  Contact us with the email link on the rightside of this page.

You may know of the many member benefits LVW dues help fund, but you may not know how valuable your financial support is in promoting a literary presence in our region that encourages all aspects of the written word, both for writers and readers.

1. The Loyalhanna Review is the literary journal published by the Ligonier Valley Writers.  It is an ongoing expense but one that is a valuable advocate for regional writers and readers.

2. As this new website continues to develop, it will provide online services for the general public and special features exclusively for members.

3. Ligonier Valley Writers depends on volunteers to maintain the organization, serve on committees, and do other work necessary to keep the organization functioning.  If you would like to volunteer, please email a message to the Secretary.

As you can see, yearly dues are critically important to the success of Ligonier Valley Writers.  Many thanks for your past and continuing support.

Because we get many messages, if you request an email response please make certain that your email service will accept the reply.  This organization is run by volunteers and it is time-consuming for those answering your questions to register at different sites just to get a message to you.