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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...

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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,...