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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...

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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...

Crime Short Story: “Sister’s Night Out” by Darian Chavez

“Sister’s Night Out” by Darian Chavez is the First Place-winning story in the crime 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...

Thriller Short Story: “Chasing Hair of Gold” by Ashley Earley

“Chasing Hair of Gold” by Ashley Earley is the First Place-winning story in the thriller 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...

Science-Fiction Short Story: “The Weight of Bliss” by A.M. Justice

“The Weight of Bliss” by A.M. Justice is the First Place-winning story in the science-fiction 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...

Fourth Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Award Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards. For complete coverage of the awards, see the May/June 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. For an extended interview with grand-prize winner Christopher Stollar, click here.   Grand Prize The Black Lens by Christopher Stollar ($4.99, Kindle; Kindle Unlimited; $14.99,...

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Extended Interview with WD’s Self-Published e-Book Awards Winner

The Black Lens by Christopher Stollar is the grand-prize winning entry in the 4th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Stollar wins a prize package that includes $5,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. For complete coverage of this year’s awards, check out the May/June 2017 issue of...

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Extended Q&A with WD’s Self-Published Book Awards Winner

Horizon, by Tabitha Lord, is the grand-prize winning book in the 24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. It bested more than 2,300 entries from 55 countries across nine categories to take home a prize package that includes $8,000 and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City. For complete...

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24th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 46 winners of the 24th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. For full coverage of the awards, check out the March/April 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. Click here for an extended Q&A with the grand-prize winner, Tabitha Lord.   Grand Prize Horizon by Tabitha Lord. $15.95. Wise Ink Creative...

Short Training for Your Long Game: Recommended Reading

In the March/April 2017 Writer’s Digest, StoryADay founder Julie Duffy shares how and why short stories can be a fabulous creativity tool, even for writers who are primarily working on a novel. Drawing on experiences from acclaimed writers who ascribe to this practice, including Hugo Award–winning short fiction writer and novelist Mary Robinette Kowal,...

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Take 3: Bonus Q&A’s From Fiction Editors

Fifteen fiction editors at top publications answer our trio of questions to get to the heart of what they’re really looking for in short story submissions—and how yours can stand out. Here are bonus responses we didn’t have space to print in the magazine.

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Record-Keeping Made Easy: Download These 6 Free Writing Trackers

Download our ready-made pitch, query and payment trackers (as seen in the February 2017 Writer’s Digest) to streamline the business of your writing—and make this your most efficient year yet. To download the following Microsoft Excel spreadsheets, right-click the links below and select “Save As,” “Save Target As” or “Save Link As” (options vary...

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Put Your Workday to Work : Online Exclusive Extras

COMPILED BY TYLER MOSS & JESSICA STRAWSER How does your day job help your writing? We asked WD readers, and they answered in droves. From story ideas and innovative routines to insider perspectives and useful new skills, the responses in the February 2017 Writer’s Digest are sure to inspire you to make your whole...

85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 101 winners of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! For full coverage of the awards, please check out the November/December 2016 issue of Writer’s Digest. Grand Prize Sabrina Hicks, “Blink” (Children’s/Young Adult Fiction). Read Hicks’ winning entry here. An extended Q&A with our grand prize winner...

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Liane Moriarty: Bonus WD Interview Outtakes

Liane Moriarty is a tightrope writer—her characters and plotlines striking a near-impossible balance between the likeable-relatable and the magnetic-eccentric, the irresistibly humorous and the unbearably tragic. That she writes from Australia lends a certain exotic quality to her myriad foreign editions (not many American readers have spouses who say things like, “Don’t be ridiculous,...

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Debbie Macomber on Writing Romance: “I’ve never felt alone”

Warm and uplifting, yet undeniably real; comforting and familiar, yet surprisingly fresh; relatable and entertaining, yet comically self-deprecating; generous and humble, yet unabashedly successful: If Debbie Macomber herself seems like a living, breathing extension of the heartwarming romance and feel-good women’s fiction titles that have become her trademark, it’s no accident. And in an...