Writer’s Digest Magazine May/June 2017 Online Exclusives

Check out all of the online exclusives from the May/June 2017 issue below.

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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...