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Writer's Eye 2017

Save the date: Writer's Eye 2017 tours begin September 5th.

Now in its 31st year, Writer’s Eye, started by The Fralin’s docents in 1986, is an annual literary competition that challenges writers of all ages. Writers from 3rd grade through adults use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. Compositions inspired by selected works on view in the Museum can be submitted in the categories of Prose or Poetry, for grades 3–5, 6–8, 9–12, and University/Adult. Winners are honored at an annual ceremony in the spring, and first-, second-, and third-place winning entries are published in the Writer's Eye anthology.


Entries are judged anonymously by area teachers and writing professionals. This year’s Distinguished Judges include authors Jeffery Renard Allen and Domnica Radulescu. More information about our distinguished judges coming soon!


Art selections for Writer’s Eye 2017 will be drawn from Dealer’s Choice: The Samuel Kootz Gallery 1945-1966, as well as from the Museum’s permanent collection.

Docent-led Writer’s Eye tours begin on September 5, 2017 and end on November 10, 2017. Schedule a tour for Writer’s Eye 2017.

WE 2017 tour booking form > 


Additional Information

WE 2017 key dates and information >

WE 2017 competition guidelines and entry form >

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WE tips and hints >

Directions and maps for unloading, parking, and loading buses >


Writer's Eye 2016


Between August 29 and November 22, 2016, more than 3600 students in grades 3-12 toured the Museum for Writer’s Eye, as well as more than 400 adults from the University and the community. We received at total of 1758 entries in all categories. We are pleased to announce the winners of Writer's Eye 2016:

WE 2016 award winners >