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Celebrate the Holidays

with Ligonier Valley Writers

This Sunday, December 10


Ligonier Valley Writers will hold its annual holiday party this Sunday, December 10, from 3 to 5 p.m. at St. Michael’s of the Valley Church in Rector. The event is free, and members of the public are welcome to join us for holiday fare and good conversation. Bring a covered dish or dessert if you like (though it’s not required). Feel free to read aloud from your own writing or any holiday-related poem, story or essay writing you’d like to share.


You’ll also have a chance to win raffle prizes ranging from holiday decorations to books (of course!). And we'll have the last few copies of the Loyalhanna Review, 2023 edition, to give away free at the party. St. Michael's is located at 2535 Route 381 in Rector (Ligonier Township).

Ligonier Valley Writers has been serving writers and readers throughout western Pennsylvania for 37 years. If you'd like to get involved in putting together LVW talks, workshops, or publications, contact Judith Gallagher at (724) 593-7294 or We’d love to know what kinds of programs you want to see. We thank you for your support over the years in all the ways you give it.

For more about LVW events, publications, and writing contests, visit or LVW’s Facebook page. And watch for news on the 33rd annual Student Poetry Contest, which begins in January and offers cash prizes to poets in grades 4-12.


Ligonier Valley Writers Calendar 2024


January.  Dues are due for 2024. $30 per year. You can download a membership application from Or bring a check to the Christmas party; we’ll have applications there.


January.  Call for Student Poetry Contest entries for students in grades 4-12. Cash prizes in 30 categories, no entry fee, and an awards ceremony and booklet of all the winning poems. Download contest rules and entry forms from


February 1. Loyalhanna Review reading period begins. It runs through May 1.

March 11. Deadline for Student Poetry Contest entries from students in grades 4-12.

April 15. Call for Flash Fiction Contest entries. Three cash prizes plus three Honorable Mentions, no entry fee, editing by a professional editor, readings of the six winning stories during the Halloween season, and publication at LVW's website. Deadline is August 15.

April 27, 4:00-5:00 pm. Student Poetry Awards Ceremony. The winning poets in grades 4-12 will read their work to the audience.

May 1. Loyalhanna Review submission deadline. (Reading period is February 1-May 1.) Check for guidelines.

July (Date TBA), 7:00-9:00 p.m. Loyalhanna Review publication party. Enjoy readings, hors d’oeuvres, and camaraderie.

Please check for the latest info and date confirmations.


Judith Gallagher

Publicity Director

Ligonier Valley Writers

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