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Writer's Eye 2017

Writer's Eye 2017 tours continue through November 10th.

Now in its 31st year, Writer’s Eye is an annual literary competition that challenges writers of all ages to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and proseCompositions 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.

Art selections for Writer’s Eye 2017 have been drawn from Dealer’s Choice: The Samuel Kootz Gallery 1945-1966, as well as from the Museum’s permanent collection. Entries are judged anonymously by area teachers and writing professionals. This year’s Distinguished Judges are poet Jeffery Renard Allen, professor of Creative Writing at UVA, and Domnica Radulescu, author and professor of Romance languages at Washington and Lee University. Electronic entries are due by Wednesday, November 15th at 11:59pm. Paper submissions are accepted at the Museum’s front desk until 5:00pm on Friday, November 17th.


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 > 

WE 2017 electronic submission form > 


Additional Information

WE 2017 key dates and information >

WE 2017 competition guidelines and entry form >

WE 2017 visitation guidelines >

WE 2017 self-guided tour >

WE 2017 image selections >

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 >