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Seeking Qualified Judges for Writer's Digest Competition

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The Writer's Digest competitions department is seeking first-round judges for the Self-Published Book Awards. Judges are responsible for completing critiques due the first week of August.

Judges are sought in the following categories:

  • Genre fiction
  • Mainstream fiction
  • Inspirational works (fiction and nonfiction)

Qualified judges include agents, editors, and published authors. If you'd like to be considered, please e-mail your credentials, plus a link to your website, to Writer's Digest editor Melissa Wuske, no later than this Thursday afternoon (July 14).

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Author and editor Meredith Berlin discusses how her MS diagnosis inspired her to finish her novel.

Tess Sharpe: On Switching Between Thriller and Romance

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Author Tess Sharpe discusses the original inspiration for her new YA romance, 6 Times We Almost Kissed (And One Time We Did).

Sheila Liming: On Nurturing Human Relationships

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Author Sheila Liming discusses her call-to-arms for social interaction in her new book, Hanging Out.