Author Archives: Chelsea Henshey

DEADLINE JUNE 20: WD’s 85th Annual Writing Competition

This week is your last chance to enter the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! With 501 winners, this competition showcases beginning to veteran writers in all genres.       Don’t miss your chance to win a grand prize package that includes:   $5,000 in cash An announcement of the winner on the...

June 25-26: WD’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy Online Conference

Don’t miss your chance to attend WD’s one-of-a-kind Science Fiction & Fantasy Online Writing Conference! On June 25 and 26, Writer’s Digest University will provide expert insights from SEVEN award-winning and best-selling authors on the finer points of how to write within the science fiction and fantasy genres. Spend the weekend learning...

DEADLINE JUNE 6: WD’s Self-Published Book Awards

This week is your last chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 24th annual self-published competition–the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition, co-sponsored by Book Marketing Works, LLC spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.   Don’t miss your chance to...

How to Create a Successful Protagonist

This guest post is by Joseph Bates, whose new book Writing Your Novel From Start to Finish: A Guidebook for the Journey provides the instruction, inspiration, and guidance you need to complete your novel. Bates is the author of Tomorrowland: Stories (Curbside Splendor 2013), and his short fiction has appeared in...

Top 10 Winning Poems from the 2015 WD Poetry Awards

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners poems from the 2015 WD Poetry Awards. For full coverage of the 2015 WD Poetry Awards, check out the July/August 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest. For a complete list of winners, click here. In this bonus online exclusive, you can read the top-ten winning poems from this...

2015 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 2015 Poetry Awards, where writers submit their very best poetry of less than 32 lines. Please join us in congratulating our winners! For full coverage of the 2015 WD Poetry Awards, check out the July/August 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest. To read the top ten poems,...

Extended Q&A with WD’s Short Short Story Competition Winner

“The Vows” by Kelly Dowling is the grand-prize winning story in the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Fiction Competition. It bested more than 6,700 entries to win $3,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City, among other prizes. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, check out...

16th Annual Short Short Story Competition Winner: The Vows

“The Vows,” by Kelly Dowling, is the winning story for the 16th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, including an interview with Dowling, check out the July/August 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest. You can also view a complete list of winners and an extended interview with Dowling. To...

16th Annual Short Short Story Competition Winner’s List

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 16th Annual Short Short Story Competition, where writers submit their very best short stories of less than 1,500 words. Please join us in congratulating our winners! For complete coverage of the 16th Annual Short Short Story Competition, see the July/August 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest....

DEADLINE FRIDAY: WD’s 85th Annual Writing Competition

Don’t miss your chance to enter the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! With 501 winners, this competition showcases beginning to veteran writers in all genres. Prizes You could win: An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest (subscriber issues only) $5,000 in cash An interview in Writer’s Digest One-on-one...

6 Tips for Successful Comedy Writing

This guest post is by Mark Shatz, author of Comedy Writing Secrets 3rd Edition: The Best-Selling Guide to Writing Funny and Getting Paid for It. Mark A. Shatz is the author of KISSing Golf: The Keep It Simple (Stupid) Instructional Method, a humorous instructional book for beginning golfers. He is also...

How to Use Surprise to Build Suspense

This guest post is from Jane K. Cleland, author of Mastering Suspense, Structure, & Plot: How to Writing Gripping Stories That Keep Readers on the Edge of Their Seats, the award-winning Josie Prescott Antiques Mystery series, and four nonfiction books. Cleland chairs the Black Orchid Novella Award, one of the Wolfe Pack’s...

Eleventh Annual Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize Winner: “Don’t Be Scarred”

“Don’t be Scarred” by Kristen Roupenian, is the Grand Prize winning story for the Eleventh Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards, besting 1,300 entries across six genres: crime, horror, romance, science fiction, thriller, and young adult. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, including an exclusive interview with Roupenian and a complete...

3rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 3rd Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards. For complete coverage of the awards, see the May/June 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest. For an extended interview with grand-prize winner Mel Anderson, click here. Grand Prize Eleven Regrets by Mel Anderson ($9.95 Kindle; Kindle Unlimited; $16.95 Paperback),...

Eleventh Annual Popular Fiction Awards: List of Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the Eleventh Annual Popular Fiction Awards. Each year, writers submit their very best short stories in one of six categories: crime, horror, romance, science fiction, thriller, and young adult. The winners of this year’s awards were chosen from 1,300 entries and represent the very...