Judging and Notification

  1. Every entry will be read by the judges. Judges’ decisions are final.
  2. Judges reserve the right to re-categorize entries.
  3. Early-bird entries must be entered online or postmarked by 11:59 pm EST on September 15, 2014 to receive the early-bird discount ($20 per entry). Regular entries must be entered online or postmarked by 11:59 pm EST on October 24, 2014 ($25 per entry). We cannot return submitted manuscripts; however, to receive notification of the receipt of your manuscript, send a self-addressed stamped postcard along with your entry. Please note that it may take up to 30 days after the final deadline for all entries and payment to be processed. All entry fees must be paid in U.S. dollars. We accept checks (made out to F+W Media, Inc.) money orders and major credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover).
  4. The following are not permitted to enter the contest: employees of F+W Media, Inc., and their immediate family members; Writer’s Digest contributing editors and correspondents as listed on our masthead; Writer’s Online Workshops instructors; and Grand Prize Winners from the previous three years in any Writer’s Digest competitions.
  5. Top Award Winners will be notified by mail by December 31, 2014. Winners 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.