October 2014 Issue
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Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards—Deadline Coming Soon!
Hurry—submit your short story by October 15!
Submit your best short stories in the Romance, Thriller, Young Adult, Crime, Horror or Science Fiction genres for a chance at the Popular Fiction Awards Grand Prize of $2,500 cash and a trip to the 2015 Writer’s Digest Conference!
Enter as many stories as you like in multiple genres, but all entries must be fewer than 4,000 words. Don’t delay—this could be your winning year!
Author Archives: Tiffany Luckey
Prompt: Write the opening sentence, of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left. Read more
Prompt: A man opens his mailbox to find an envelope containing a set of instructions. Read more
Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story based on the photo to the left. Read more
Prompt: You come home from a relaxing vacation and realize you have the wrong suitcase. Read more
Although both professions study and treat people with psychological and behavioral issues, there are big distinctions between psychologists and psychiatrists. Fortunately, you don’t need to feign emotional trauma and lie on a couch for hours to get it right in your work. Here’s a breakdown. Read more
The March/April 2014 issue’s roundup of literary journals that accept genre short stories is divided by category, from children’s to mystery to science fiction. In this bonus sidebar online, we offer up four markets that accept work in multiple genres (romance, historical and more). Read more
Prompt: “If you can guess what I have in my pocket, you can have it.” Read more
Online Master of Fine Arts programs are among the newest options in graduate education. In our companion to November/December issue’s roundup of online writing workshops, learn more about these five young Web-based MFAs … Read more
Prompt: Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story based on the photo to the left. Thanks to everyone who entered and voted in Your Story 54! Here are … Read more
Prompt: A girl puts a quarter in a gumball machine and a human tooth comes out. Read more
In the October 2013 issue of Writer’s Digest, National Geographic Kids is among one of three handpicked venues spotlighted in the Standout Markets column. In this special online exclusive, we share more Q&A with Editor Rachel Buchholz, who discusses the key to successful article pitches, and more. Read more
Prompt: Begin your story with the following line of dialogue: “Heads, we get married; tails, we break up.” Read more
In these outtakes from the March/April 2013 WD Interview, bestselling women’s fiction author Emily Giffin talks about relating to her readers, the challenges of writing from different perspectives and what fans can expect from her future books. Learn more about this modern-day Jane Austen in our exclusive extended Q&A. Read more
Prompt: You’re stranded on a desert island with three items: a coconut, a mask and a dictionary. Read more
Prompt: A man who lives alone sees a set of footprints leading away from his house the morning after a heavy snowfall. Read more
Prompt: Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story incorporating these three words: fresh, hair and tangled. Read more
Prompt: A nosy man eavesdrops on his co-workers and immediately regrets it. Read more
In the September 2012 issue of Writer’s Digest magazine, Glimmer Train literary journal is among the handpicked venues spotlighted in the Standout Markets column. In this special online exclusive, we share more Q&A with the editor who makes this market tick. Read more