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Creative Writing Competition & Writing Contests

Do you want to get published? Do you want the world to know you are a winning writer? By entering one of the Writer’s Digest Writing Contests or Writing Competitions you can make these dreams come true! Writer’s Digest hosts fiction writing competitions, poetry writing competitions, short story competitions, screenwriting competitions, self-publishing competitions, creative writing contests and more. You could see your name in Writer’s Digest magazine, you could get the opportunity to meet with editors and agents, and you could win cash! Prizes vary depending on the writing competition you choose to enter.

By entering and winning a Writer’s Digest Competition, you can:

  • Get published. Your writing could be published in the pages of Writer’s Digest.
  • Get discovered. You could have the opportunity to meet with editors and agents at the Writer’s Digest Conference.
  • Get recognition. Winners are listed in the magazine, on our website and at the Writer’s Digest Conference.
  • Get feedback. Experts in the writing community will judge and provide feedback on your work.
  • Get cash. You can even win one of our cash prizes.

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Self-Published e-Book Awards

Writer’s Digest’s 2nd Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards, is now accepting entries. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for self-published e-books. Top winner’s names will appear in our May/June 2015 issue.

Click here for prizes, deadlines, rules and information on how to enter

Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards

The Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards is now closed. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for poets. Winners were notified by December 31, 2013 and will appear in the July/August 2014 issue.


Short Short Story Writing Competition

The Writer’s Digest Short Short Short Story Writing Competition is now closed. The top 10 winners will be announced in the July/August 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine. The top 25 manuscript will be printed in a special competition collection*.

Pre-ordered copies of the 2012 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection mailed on June 18, 2013. It is available for purchase in our shop: writersdigestshop.com. Click here to purchase


Writer’s Digest 83rd Annual Writing Competition

The Writer’s Digest 83rd Annual Competition is now closed. Winners will be announced in the December 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine AND the winner will be announced on the cover*.



The Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

The 22nd Annual Self-Published Book Awards is now closed. Winners will be announced in the March 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine.



Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards

We are now entries in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards . Enter your best in 6 genres. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest.

Click here for details and to enter


Your Story Competition

Every other month, Writer’s Digest will provide a short, open-ended prompt. Submit a short story of 750 words or fewer based on that prompt. The winner will receive publication in an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest.

Click here for details and to enter the Your Story Competition.


If you have any questions about entering our competitions or using the online entry system, please send an email to WritersDigestWritingCompetition@fwmedia.com. Please include the name of the competition in the subject line.

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8 Responses to Writing Contests: Writing Competitions 2014

  1. Abel says:

    Are prologues and chapters accepted in short stories?

  2. John Holton says:

    So I just get my July/August 2013 issue with an ad on page 3 announcing the “Short Short Story Competition” with a deadline of November 15 of this year, and I’m directed to this page, which tells me that no further entries will be processed. What gives?

  3. DeAnne Marie says:

    JR Brown…
    P.S. I forgot there are Poetry contests at Blue Mountain Arts website. It’s free even though they offer prize monies. They seem to prefer non-rhyming free style verse, *even though they *say rhyming poems are acceptable.

    DeAnne Marie

  4. DeAnne Marie says:

    JR Brown…have you tried Blue Mountain Arts at http://www.bluemountainarts or http://www.bluemountainpress
    They have physical greeting cards of unique artistic style around the nation for many years and on their website they ask for card writers, and yes they pay. You’ll have to check it out and ask them the pay rate.

    Markamillion… I agree w/you a thousand %. I think I’ve been a Writer since birth and I know I’m a life student, for life. Not only do we learn by our Writing efforts, it’s also from all the research reading we must do…including novel research reading. I walk several writing lines, as a Writer of shorts, poetry, novellas and mainstream articles as a journalist. I appreciate all venues.

    It was rewarding to write and to submit one of my news articles into this WD Annual 82nd Writing Competiton.
    Blessings of Success and Life Prosperity to all,

    Creatively Speaking,
    DeAnne Marie DuMaine, Author/Journalist
    to view my Fan Page.

  5. Christopher David Knox says:

    Is there contest for a Novel. Something larger than a Short story of 4,000 word limit.

  6. Markamillion says:

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