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Q: Is it okay to have illustration pictures on the cover?
A: Please send the text only

Q: If there is a word count, how many words per page am I allowed?
No preference

Q: How large of print is allowed?
No preference

Q: Are pen names allowed?
Pen names are fine. Write your pen name on all forms etc. so there is no mistakes on credits. Please be advised that we only need your real name if you are chosen as a winner (in order to issue prizes).

Q: What if I am not a U.S. resident?
WD writing competitions are open to non-U.S. residents as well. Please refer to the entry form and guidelines. All entry fees are due in U.S. Dollars.

Q: Is there an age limit for entrants?

Q: What if I wanted to submit only part of my novel into the competition (to stay with in the maximum number of words)?
If you submit a portion of a novel, please understand that it will be judged as a complete story, not part of another work, so it needs to be a complete story in and of itself.

Q: When will winners be notified?
Top Award Winners will be notified by December 31, 2014. Winners in each category will be listed in the May/June 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest and on www.writersdigest.com after the May/June 2015 issue is published.

Q: What are the word count requirements?
The word count is 4,000 words maximum.

Q: How do I order books published by F+W Media?

Q: How do I subscribe to Writer’s Digest?
visit www.writersdigest.com and click on the link

Q: Are there other writing competitions?
Yes! Visit www.writersdigest.com/competitions for other competitions for writers

16 Responses to Frequently Asked Questions

  1. hphillips says:

    What if I spot a typo after submitted? Is it too late to fix it? Thanks, Helen.

  2. arisish says:

    The email id given in the contact us tab is invalid.

  3. arisish says:

    I have submitted an entry for the young adult contest and it was checked out successfully but I have not received a conformation mail yet. Can you please re-send it or inform me if there was any mistake in my entry?

  4. arisish says:

    Is the information we are supposed to submit on the Payment page the same as the online-entry form or is it the card holder’s information?

  5. Bonnie says:

    I called the office of this competition and discovered that there is NO restriction on content. Use of profanity is acceptable, also, although I would urge my fellow writers to use common sense here and not overdo it.

  6. jdtappero says:

    Regarding the word-count limits — MS Word treats hyphenated words as one (e.g word-count is considered one word). For the purposes of the contest, is that satisfactory? Or should be temporarily replace each hypen with a space to capture the correct word-count?

  7. Edwin Lowry says:

    I’ll be submitting my story over the internet and was wondering if I had to include a cover page? It’s for the horror contest.

  8. patrickhanford says:

    May I submit my entry to other agents or journals while waiting for the final results in December?

  9. Frostie says:

    For those that are sending their manuscripts via regular mail, do we need a cover page for the title, word count, and basic information or should it be printed on the first page of the manuscript?

  10. Sarahhaltom says:

    About how many submissions to judges receive?

  11. gigglebug15 says:

    I have two questions. Do we put our name and the title of our story in the document if we are submitting online and how do we format it, and can we submit more than one story into the same category? Thanks!

  12. gigglebug15 says:

    I have two questions:
    1. Do we put the title of our story and our name in the document if we are submitting online and how do we format it?
    2. Can we submit more than one entry in the same category?


  13. tdebord says:

    Hi Robin,

    Yes, it is $20 for each entry (category) that your manuscript is entered. Best of luck in the competition.

  14. brotherobin says:

    Question. I understand that there is a $20 charge for each manuscript submitted, however, If I submit a single manuscript into two separate categories, do I have to pay for each?

    Thank you in advance,

  15. tdebord says:

    Hi lgtuck,

    No, that would not be considered published. Please go ahead and enter the competition.

  16. lgtuck says:

    Question: What is WD’s definition of “unpublished” or “published”? I’m a member of a local writers group. It is a critique/support group. We share our stories for the purpose of education, improvement, etc. I want to verify this would not be considered “publishing.” Thanks.