Frequently Asked Questions

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?
Writer’s Digest writing competitions are open to non-U.S. residents as well. Please refer to the entry form and guidelines. Due to SEC restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, or North Korea.  All entry fees are due in U.S. Dollars.

Q: Is there an age limit for entrants?
No, any age may enter.

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 mail before February 27, 2015. The top 10 winners will be listed in the July/August 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest. The top 25 winners will be listed in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection and at after the issue is published.

Q: What are the word count requirements?
The competition is open to manuscripts 1,500 words or fewer.  The title is not counted in the word count.

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Q: How do I subscribe to Writer’s Digest?
Visit and click on the link

Q: Are there other writing competitions?
Yes! Visit for other writing contests

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