Publish date:

2011 Inspirational Writing Winners

Writer's Digest would like to congratulate the 100 Inspirational Writing winners of the 80th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition!

Writer's Digest would like to congratulate the 100 Inspirational Writing winners of the 80th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition!

First Place Winner:

Ann-Marie Morgan
Matteson IL

Professionals use Final Draft!

Now that you've perfected the content; let Final Draft take care of the style. Final Draft is the number-one selling application specifically designed for writing movie scripts, television episodics and stage plays.It combines powerful word processing with professional script formatting in one self-contained, easy-to-use package. There is no need to learn about script formatting rules--Final Draft automatically paginates and formats your script to industry standards as you write. Check out Final Draft Today!

The Top 100

Ann-Marie Morgan
Matteson IL Tammy Glover
Detroit MI Laura Lee Perkins
Searsport ME Teresa Bedwell
Bentonville AR Lisa Roberts
Germatown WI Jennifer Clark Vihel
Bayside CA Michelle Barker
Naramata BC Karen M. Barum
Glendora CA Kathy B Dempsey
Scottsdale AZ Eileen Gregory
West Yarmouth MA Sandra J. Wood
Mission Viejo CA Marielena Zuniga
Langhorne PA Jeff Spradling
Garland TX Saida Pagan
Burbank, CA Javan Rowe
Columbus OH Christine Gray
Berthoud CO Michael Van Veckhoven
Meridian MS Robert Altamore
Staten Island NY Anne Riess
Unity, SK Terri Tiffany
Round Rock TX Connie Lounsbury
Monticello MN Indy Quillen
San Diego CA Raymond Ku
Naperville IL Javan Rowe
Columbus OH Daniel Barnett
San Diego CA Brenda Garriss
Elmira NY Rod Broding
Battle Lake MN Carol Wilson
Vancouver WA Anne Braly
Irving TX Patricia Gulitti
Port Washington NY Janette McGowen
Bear DE Linda Auteri
Franklin Lakes NJ Kirstin Smith
Chicago IL Diane Littleton Bahler
Charlottesville VA Rev. Lyn G. Brakeman
Cambridge MA Court Loomis
Trophy Club TX Cathy Howard
Grand Island NE Javan Rowe
Columbus OH Laurel Vaccaro Hausman
Centreville VA Marjorie Sosna
Overland Park KS Sandy Fink
Dowling Park FL K. C. Mosier II
Ben Wheeler TX Gloria Pearson-Vasey
Petrolia ON Janice Coy
San Diego CA Barbara Cameron
LOS ANGELES CA Anita-Ferial Smith Fischer
Warrensburg MO Rev. Natalie R. Jean
Kensington MD Joanie Schirm
Orlando FL Ernest Rosenberg
Mount Shasta CA Marlene S. Gottfried
Crivitz WI

May Akabogu-Collins
Vista CA Susan M. Watkins
Woodstock GA Betsy Bonnema
New London MN Cara Sexton
Pettus TX Jessica DeHart
Atlanta GA Melanie Moore
Elizabethton TN William J. Morris
Clarksville NY Nancy Rutherford
Marysville WA Donna Jensen
Punxsutawney PA Wade Webster
Plano TX Crue Townsman
Vero Beach FL Jim Hamlett
Greenville SC Chris Yavelow
Asheville NC Julie Purchase
Painesville OH Mildred Dennis
Perry OH Evelia Cobos
Rio Rancho NM Sonia Grindstaff
Cincinnati OH Marc LeVitre
Manchester NH Jamey Spain
Bloomington IL Jasmine Corbett
York PA Ronald Harris Jr.
Oak Park MI John Paul Carinci
Staten Island NY Marguerite (Peggi)
Tustan Cleveland OH Angela Joseph
Villa Rica GA Kathryn E. Eriksen
Waxahachie TX Lilly Holden
Overland Park KS Lynsley Grady
Teaneck NJ Lenee Landis
Sylmar CA Kathy Mills
Virginia Beach VA Lynel Rabago
Honolulu HI Joni M Becker
Faribault MN Toni Tomlinson
La Crescenta CA Lynn R. Hartz
Charleston WV Martin E. Rudnick
San Jose CA Brooklyn Hurst
Santa Clara UT Sarah Free
Claremont CA Phyllis DiCarlo
Ocala FL Helen Doell Kline
Roswell GA Dwight Jacoby
Carrollton MO Crystal Peters
Beloit KS Mal King
Santa Paula CA Jill Blair Rancho
Cucamonga CA Bliss Martin
Baltimore MD Peter Swet
Estero FL Annette Tewell
Cedar Park TX Jeanne Jacoby Smith
McPherson KS Pamela Jones-Bowe
New Providence Other Sheila Harris Pedigo
Fort Worth TX Judy D. Holmes
McComb MS Lissa Masters
Berkeley CA

Didn't quite make the cut? Try one of our Inspirational Writing products to help prepare you for next year!

How to Use Economic Class to Develop Characters

How to Use Economic Class to Develop Characters

Author Galia Gichon’s research for her historical fiction novel, The Accidental Suffragist, helped her understand the moment better, and infused what she learned into her characters.

Dog Ate My Homework

Dog Ate My Homework

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, put a new twist on an old saying.

Lecia Cornwall: On the Surprises of Historical Fiction

Lecia Cornwall: On the Surprises of Historical Fiction

Acclaimed author Lecia Cornwall discusses the many surprises she faced in writing her historical fiction novel, The Woman at the Front.

Texas Monthly: Market Spotlight

Texas Monthly: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at Texas Monthly, an Austin-based regional magazine focused on stories about Texas and Texans.

Allusion vs. Elusion vs. Illusion (Grammar Rules)

Allusion vs. Elusion vs. Illusion (Grammar Rules)

Let's look at the differences between allusion, elusion, and illusion with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

November PAD Chapbook Challenge

2021 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Guidelines

Prepare for the 14th annual November PAD Chapbook Challenge! Visit WritersDigest.com each day of November to get a prompt and write a poem. Then, use December and the beginning of January to revise and collect your poems into a chapbook manuscript.

How I Broke Into the Traditional Publishing World as an Indie Author

How I Broke Into the Traditional Publishing World as an Indie Author

Learn the process indie author Amanda Aksel went through in getting her novel Delia Suits Up traditionally published, including questions she asked herself and weighing one strategy against the other.

writer's digest wd presents

WD Presents: 6 New WDU Courses, An Upcoming Webinar, a Competition Deadline, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce 6 new WDU Courses, an upcoming webinar, a competition deadline, and more!

Working With a Nonfiction Book Publisher Throughout the Process

Working With a Nonfiction Book Publisher Throughout the Process

A publisher accepting your manuscript is just the beginning, not the end. Author Rick Lauber discusses how to work with a nonfiction book publisher from query letter to release date and beyond.