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10 Key Elements to Writing a Winning Nonfiction Book Proposal

Writing a proposal for a work of nonfiction may be intimidating and sometimes frustrating, especially if you’re unsure about the information you should include and how to structure the proposal. Authors often spin their wheels and look at multiple sources for guidance on this task. They look for multiple resources to make sure that...

The Deals That Dreams Are Made Of

In this online exclusive by agent Gina Panettieri, we take you behind the scenes of another impressive contract—this one a debut mystery trilogy from an unlikely source that inspired a bidding war.

A Guide to #PitchWars & #PitMad

Who would have thought that a little blue bird and a pound sign could enhance your #writing life—and even land you an agent? Tweet your way to success with this handy guide to the best hashtags for writers.

Inside the Agent-Author Relationship

When you sign with an agent, you’re choosing a partner for your career—which means it’s important to choose carefully. We asked subscribers to share the best parts of their agent relationships, showing both what’s important and what’s possible. Let the stories below be a guide as you seek the right match—and read more about...

Michael Connelly: Bonus WD Interview

Crime novelist Michael Connelly shares more of what he learned in adapting his iconic character Detective Harry Bosch for TV—from externalizing internal character struggles to reconsidering backstory, setting and more.

Roxane Gay: Bonus WD Interview Outtakes

With hundreds of bylines and a growing bookshelf to her name, Roxane Gay has become a mainstay in our written cultural conversation. Learn how she found her voice across genres and forms—and her best advice for pursuing success on your own terms.

17th Annual Short Short Story Competition Winners List

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 17th Annual Short Short Story Competition, where writers submit their very best short stories of less than 1,500 words. Please join us in congratulating our winners! For complete coverage of the 17th Annual Short Short Story Competition, see the July/August 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. You can read...

Extended Q&A with WD’s Short Short Story Competition Winner

“The Removal” by Lauren Schenkman is the grand-prize winning story in the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Fiction Competition. It bested more than 5,200 entries to win $3,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City, among other prizes. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, check out the July/August 2017...

17th Annual Short Short Story Competition Winner: The Removal

“The Removal,” by Lauren Schenkman, is the winning story for the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, including an interview with Schenkman, check out the July/August 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. You can also view a complete list of winners and an extended interview with Schenkman. To read all 25...

What Your Writing Life Looks Like as a Professional

The glamorous writer life—working eight hours a day on your manuscript, reviewing edits, and rolling royalty checks—may be more myth than fact. A writer’s life is very different, and much harder, after that first publishing contract. Here’s one writer’s story.

Twelfth Annual Popular Fiction Awards: List of Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 12th Annual Popular Fiction Awards. Each year, writers submit their very best short stories in one of six categories: crime, horror, romance, science fiction, thriller, and young adult. The winners of this year’s awards were chosen from over 1,000 entries and represent the very...

Thriller Short Story: “Party Tricks” by Travis Madden

“Party Tricks” by Travis Madden is the Grand Prize-winning story of the 12th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, including an exclusive interview with the Grand Prize winner and a complete list of winners, check out the May/June 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. And click here for...

Romance Short Story: “Ladybug” by Gail Bartley

“Ladybug” by Gail Bartley is the First Place-winning story in the romance category of the 12th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, including an exclusive interview with the Grand Prize winner and a complete list of winners, check out the May/June 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. And...