Writing Competitions Judging and Notification

Writer’s Digest competitions recognizes writing excellence on a global scale. See below for judging and notification information.

ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION
SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS
POPULAR FICTION AWARDS
SELF-PUBLISHED eBOOK AWARDS
POETRY AWARDS
SHORT SHORT STORY COMPETITION


ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION

  • Every entry will be read by the judges. Judges’ decisions are final. Judges reserve the right to re-categorize entries.
  • Entries must be submitted online (11:59 pm EST) or postmarked by June 1, 2017; all mailed packages should deliver within 5 days of the final deadline. We cannot return submitted manuscripts so keep a copy for your records. For proof of delivery, please track your package with your shipper – we are not able to confirm individual deliveries. Mailed in entries can take up to 60 days (after the entry deadline) to process.
  • If the Grand Prize Winner accepts the Writer’s Digest Conference portion of their prize they must agree to travel (flying round-trip from the same city) during the conference dates in 2018. The editors or agents who meet with the Grand Prize Winner are under no obligation to read, buy or represent the Grand Prize Winner’s work. This prize includes airfare, hotel and conference registration.
  • Winners must provide an appropriate tax form (W9 or W8BEN) in order to receive their cash awards. If the forms are not received within 60 days of the request date, cash awards may be forfeited.
  • The following are not permitted to enter the contest: employees of F+W, a Content and eCommerce Company, 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.
  • Top Award Winners will be notified by before October 13, 2017. The top 10 winners in each category will be listed in the November/December 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. All winners’ names will be listed in the 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Competition Collection and at www.writersdigest.com after the December issue is published. Prizes will be mailed by November 10, 2017.

 

SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS

  • Every entry will be read by the judges. Judges’ decisions are final. Judges reserve the right to re-categorize entries.
  • Entries must be submitted online (11:59 pm EST) or postmarked by June 5, 2017; all books must deliver within 5 days of the final deadline. Books cannot be returned. For proof of delivery, please track your package with your shipper – we are not able to confirm individual deliveries. Please note that it may take up to 60 days after the deadline for all entries to be opened and sent to the judges.
  • If the Grand Prize Winner accepts the Writer’s Digest Conference portion of their prize they must agree to travel (flying round-trip from the same city) during the conference dates in 2018. This prize includes airfare, hotel and conference registration.
  • Winners must provide an appropriate tax form (W9 or W8BEN) in order to receive their cash awards. If the forms are not received within 60 days of the request date, cash awards may be forfeited.
  • The following are not permitted to enter the contest: employees of F+W, a Content and eCommerce Company., and their immediate family members; Book Marketing Works, LLC and their immediate family members; Writer’s Digest contributing editors and correspondents as listed on our masthead; and Writer’s Online Workshops instructors; and Grand Prize Winners from the previous three years. Books that have previously won awards from Writer’s Digest are not eligible. Books published by Abbott Press and Blue Ash Publishing are not eligible.
  • Top Award Winners will be notified before October 13, 2017. The top winners will be listed in the March/April 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest. All winners’ names will be listed on www.writersdigest.com after the March/April issue is published. Commentaries will be sent to entrants by December 4, 2017.

 

POPULAR FICTION AWARDS

  • Every entry will be read by the judges. Judges’ decisions are final. Judges reserve the right to re-categorize entries.
  • Entries must be submitted online (11:59 pm EST) by November 15, 2017; all mailed payments should deliver within 5 days of the final deadline. For proof of delivery, please track your package with your shipper – we are not able to confirm individual deliveries.
  • If the Grand Prize Winner accepts the Writer’s Digest Conference portion of their prize they must agree to travel (flying round-trip from the same city) during the conference dates in 2018. This prize includes airfare, hotel and conference registration.
  • Winners must provide an appropriate tax form (W9 or W8BEN) in order to receive their cash awards. If the forms are not received within 60 days of the request date, cash awards may be forfeited.
  • The following are not permitted to enter the contest: employees of F+W, a Content and eCommerce Company., 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.
  • Top Award Winners will be notified by December 31, 2017. Top winners in each category will be listed in the May/June 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest and at www.writersdigest.com after the May/June 2018 issue is published.

 

SELF-PUBLISHED eBOOK AWARDS

  • Every entry will be read by the judges. Judges’ decisions are final. Judges reserve the right to re-categorize entries.
  • Entries must be submitted online by September 5, 2017 (11:59 pm EST).
  • If the Grand Prize Winner accepts the Writer’s Digest Conference portion of their prize they must agree to travel (flying round-trip from the same city) during the conference dates in 2018. This prize includes airfare, hotel and conference registration.
  • Winners must provide an appropriate tax form (W9 or W8BEN) in order to receive their cash awards. If the forms are not received within 60 days of the request date, cash awards may be forfeited.
  • The following are not permitted to enter the contest: employees of F+W, a Content and eCommerce Company., and their immediate family members; Writer’s Digest contributing editors and correspondents as listed on our masthead; and Writer’s Online Workshops instructors; and Grand Prize Winners from the previous three years. Books that have previously won awards from Writer’s Digest are not eligible. Books published by Abbott Press and Blue Ash Publishing are not eligible.
  • Top Award Winners will be notified by December 31, 2017. Top winners will be recognized in the May/June 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest and at www.writersdigest.com after the May/June 2018 issue is published. Commentaries will be sent to entrants by January 31, 2018.

 

POETRY AWARDS

  • Every entry will be read by the judges. Judges’ decisions are final.
  • Entries must be submitted online (11:59 pm EST) by November 6, 2017; all mailed payments should deliver within 5 days of the final deadline. For proof of delivery, please track your package with your shipper – we are not able to confirm individual deliveries.
  • Winners must provide an appropriate tax form (W9 or W8BEN) in order to receive their cash awards. If the forms are not received within 60 days of the request date, cash awards may be forfeited.
  • The following are not permitted to enter the contest: employees of F+W, a Content and eCommerce Company., 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.
  • Top Award Winners will be notified by December 31, 2017. Top winners will be listed in the July/August 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest and at www.writersdigest.com after the July/August 2018 issue is published.

SHORT SHORT STORY COMPETITION

  • Every entry will be read by the judges. Judges’ decisions are final.
  • Entries must be submitted online (11:59 pm EST) or by February 1, 2017; all mailed payments should deliver within 5 days of the final deadline. For proof of delivery, please track your package with your shipper – we are not able to confirm individual deliveries. Mailed in payments can take up to 60 days (after the entry deadline) to process.
  • If the First Place Winner accepts the Writer’s Digest Conference portion of their prize they must agree to travel (flying round-trip from the same city) during the conference dates in 2017. This prize includes airfare, hotel and conference registration.
  • Winners must provide an appropriate tax form (W9 or W8BEN) in order to receive their cash awards. If the forms are not received within 60 days of the request date, cash awards may be forfeited.
  • The following are not permitted to enter the contest: employees of F+W, a Content and eCommerce Company., and their immediate family members; Writer’s Digest contributing editors and correspondents as listed on our masthead; Writer’s Online Workshops instructors; and First Place Winners from the previous three years.
  • Top Award Winners will be notified by mail before February 28, 2017. Top 10 winners will be listed in the July/August 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest. All winners’ names will be listed in the Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection and at www.writersdigest.com after the July/August 2017 issue is published.

ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION
SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS
POPULAR FICTION AWARDS
SELF-PUBLISHED EBOOK AWARDS
POETRY AWARDS
SHORT SHORT STORY COMPETITION