April 10, 2019

Issue 5 is now available!

October 24, 2017

Ekphrastic Poetry Contest is open for submissions!

Click for details. Deadline is November 13, 2017.

October 20, 2017


The Virginia Normal and the Writing/e-Portfolio studio are hosting an open mic night tonight at 5pm in Harris Hall 113. This event is free and open to all students and faculty. Light refreshments will be provided.

August 16, 2017

Issue Five is Open for Submissions

Please click “Submit” to view our submission guidelines.

August 15, 2017

TVN@VSU Issue 2 is Now Available

The newest issue of TVN@VSU, a web journal dedicated to publishing original writing and artwork by the students at Virginia State University, is now available!

May 28, 2017

Issue Five Open Submissions Date

The Virginia Normal will begin accepting submissions for its fifth issue on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

April 19, 2017

Issue Three and Poetry Open Mic

Issue Three – Spring 2017

The third issue of The Virginia Normal is now available for purchase for $15.

Congratulations to our contributors.

Contributor copies will be mailed in the coming weeks.

Poetry Open Mic
The Virginia Normal and the VSU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta will be holding a poetry open mic Friday, April 21, 2017 at 5 PM in the Writing/e-Portfolio Center in Harris Hall. Featured poets will include those featured in the Ekphrasis in reVerse text and image exhibition held in March. Light refreshments will be provided and the third issue of The Virginia Normal will be available for purchase.

April 5, 2015

Writing Contest Deadline Extended

The Virginia State University Student Writing Contest has been extended to April 7, 2017.

The contest is open to all current VSU students. Poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and critical essays are all welcome. Winner and honorable mentions will be published on The Virginia Normal‘s website and featured in an e-book online journal.


Email all submissions to as a single .doc or .docx attachment. Author’s name should only appear on a separate cover sheet and should not appear elsewhere in the submission.

Submissions should be no longer than 2,500 words or five poems in MLA format.

Indicate the genre of work in the email subject line (e.g. Poetry Submission).