Author Archives: Chelsea Henshey

How to Submit to Literary Journals

You’ve revised your story more times than you can count and you’re ready for quick and easy publication. But what you may not realize is the submissions process should be taken as seriously as the story. Find Your Journals If you’re new to submissions, you may be unsure of where to find...

Why Your Story is Getting Rejected: Language

As a former reader for a literary journal, I first learned to watch for language. I looked for creative, rhythmic prose that engaged the senses and provided a clear voice. But it took time to recognize and appreciate these qualities, and even longer to apply them in my own work. Now,...

Comedy Writing Secrets: Triple the Funny

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...

Extended Q&A with WD’s Self-Published Book Awards Winner

American Boys, by Louise Esola, is the grand-prize winning book in the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. It bested nearly 5,500 entries across nine categories to take home a prize package that includes $8,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City. For complete...

23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 46 winners of the 23rd Annual Self-Published Book Awards. For full coverage of the awards, check out the March/April 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest. Click here for an extended Q&A with the grand-prize winner Louise Esola. Grand Prize American Boys: The True Story of the...

The Five Cardinal Sins of Description

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...

What’s the Scariest Book You’ve Ever Read?

Whether you’re frightened by the extraordinary or the monsters we can become, Halloween is the perfect time to indulge in spine-tingling reads. From mysteries to short stories, from nonfiction to classic horror, the editors of Writer’s Digest share their scariest reads. Salem’s Lot by Stephen King “I’d always been warned that...

84th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 101 winners of the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! For full coverage of the awards, please check out the November/December 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest. Grand Prize Brenda Scott Royce, “Alphabet Games” (Mainstream/Literary Fiction). Read Royce’s winning entry here. An extended Q&A with...

Extended Q&A With Annual Winner Brenda Scott Royce

“Alphabet Games” by Brenda Scott Royce is the grand-prize winning manuscript (available here) in the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, besting more than 5,700 entries across 10 categories. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, check out the November/December 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest. For a list of competition winners,...

Brenda Scott Royce’s “Alphabet Games”

“Alphabet Games,” a short story by Brenda Scott Royce, is the Grand Prize winner of the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. You can read an extended interview with Royce here and view a full list of winners here. For complete coverage of the 84th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, please check...

I Have an MFA. What Now? 6 Paths for MFA Graduates

The MFA degree is of the utmost importance—until someone asks you what your plans are after graduation. Don’t know what to do with your MFA? You’re not alone. Here’s some advice to help you decide. Teaching Before you even graduate, you’re most likely going to work in a Writing Center and/or...