Orlando Overview

180px-PortadaorlandoBraced and strung up by the present moment she was also strangely afraid, as if every time the gulf of time gaped and let a second through some unknown danger might come with it.  The tension was too relentless and too rigorous to be endured long without discomfort.
—Virginia Woolf, Orlando

 * In order to honor and provide space for the vital work of the new AROHO board, and with the exception of the AROHO Waves anthology, all programs and awards are suspended until further notice. We are grateful for your inspiration, and ask for your understanding, patience, and optimism as we embrace this evolutionary phase. Thank you for listening. Please keep writing, creating and connecting.

Our answer to the rigors of the Gift of Freedom grant, AROHO’s Orlando Prizes celebrate Virginia Woolf’s title character’s liberation from conventional constraints.  AROHO’s multi-genre competition is an invitation and opportunity for women writers to bring their shorter works to publication via a brief online application process.  We accept multiple submissions, and are on the lookout for diverse topics and styles. Simultaneous submissions are also welcome; please let us know if your work is accepted elsewhere.

Judged by esteemed writers and publishers, from Judith Freeman and Kim Barnes to poets Dana Levin and Cheryl Boyce Taylor, winning submissions in all four genres receive a $1,000 prize and publication

View the Orlando Showcase to see past winners and honored judges, and to read winning work.

Questions?  Find the answers on our FAQ page.



“Once she knows how to read there’s only one thing you can teach her to believe in and that is herself.” Virginia Woolf