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Writer's Digest 2023 Editorial Calendar

We urge writers to get creative in their interpretations of our 2023 issue themes. We offer a brief description of how we interpret them, but look forward to ideas we weren’t necessarily expecting.

March/April 2023

Theme: Exploring Genre Fiction

Genre fiction is successful for a reason: Readers know what to expect from their preferred genre and love that predictability. What they don’t know—but also love—is discovering just how the author will pull off a satisfying story this time around. In this issue, we want to explore the complexities of writing to genre conventions—and subverting genre expectations.

+ WD Self-Published Book Awards Announcement + Profile

May/June 2023

Theme: Keeping It Short

Even when writing novels or nonfiction books, there’s plenty of short writing to be done, from query letters and taglines to back panel copy and individual chapters. We’ll cover all that, plus traditional short writing like essays (including essay collections), short stories, flash fiction, and other short form writing, like for podcasts or social media.

+ WD 101 Best Websites

+ WD Self-Published E-Book Awards Winner Announcement + Profile

+ WD Personal Essay Awards Winner Announcement + Profile

July/August 2023

Theme: Creating Structure

This issue aims to explore writing structures in all the traditional—and nontraditional—ways. Examples include the hero’s journey and the three-act structure to narrative arcs in memoir and poetry to non-Western story structures. Plus, articles about structuring your writing time and career.

+ WD Poetry Awards Winner Announcement + Profile

September/October 2023

Theme: Facing the Mysterious

Mysteries don’t only appear in mystery novels. They make appearances in most other types of writing, even if it’s not labelled as such. In this issue, we’ll explore that and how to successfully pull off twists in novels and narrative nonfiction, while also including articles aimed at demystifying the publishing industry.

+ Annual Agent Roundup

+ WD Short Short Story Awards Winner Announcement + Story/Profile

November/December 2023

Theme: Making Readers Laugh

Even if you don’t consider yourself a funny person, there are ways to include humor in your writing, and this issue aims to demonstrate how.

+ WD Annual Writing Competition Winners Announcement + Profile

January/February 2024

Theme: Hook Your Readers

Whether you’re starting a new book in the new year or renewing your dedication to promoting your freelance work, this issue aims to help writers hook their readers. From stunning first lines or chapters to captivating titles to reeling in an online audience, this issue covers it all to get your new year off to a strong start. 

Find out more about our submission guidelines here. 

How Freelance Writers Are Using TikTok to Find Success

How Freelance Writers Are Using TikTok to Find Success

TikTok is one of the hotter social media platforms, but it's more than just BookTok. Author C. Hope Clark shares how freelance writers are using TikTok to find success.

Shanterra McBride and Rosalind Wiseman: On Trusting Each Other in the Co-Writing Process

Shanterra McBride and Rosalind Wiseman: On Trusting Each Other in the Co-Writing Process

Authors Shanterra McBride and Rosalind Wiseman discuss the experience of going from friends to writing partner with their new nonfiction book, Courageous Discomfort.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 628

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a reflection poem.

Writer’s Digest Official Book Club Selection: The Weight of Blood

Writer’s Digest Official Book Club Selection: The Weight of Blood

The editors of Writer’s Digest are proud to announce the next book club selection, The Weight of Blood, by New York Times bestselling author Tiffany D. Jackson.

5 Tips for Writing a Medical Thriller

5 Tips for Writing a Medical Thriller

There are endless opportunities to build tension in medical thrillers. Here, Dr. Cristina LePort 5 tips for writing a medical thriller from the medical jargon to tying up loose ends.

Good Samaritan or Bystander?

Good Samaritan or Simply Bystander?

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character witnesses something bad happening—will they intervene?

Lygia Day Peñaflor: On Writing Unconventional Villains

Lygia Day Peñaflor: On Writing Unconventional Villains

Author Lygia Day Peñaflor discusses the high school experience that inspired her new YA psychological drama, Creep: A Love Story.

Writing Doesn't Have to Be Lonely: 5 Benefits of Joining a Writing Organization

Writing Doesn't Have to Be Lonely: 5 Benefits of Joining a Writing Organization

Author and Sisters in Crime Vice President Jennifer J. Chow reflects on 35 years of the women's crime writer's organization and the five benefits of joining a writing organization—even if you're an introvert.

5 Tips for Forming Your Own Distinct Voice (and Why That’s Important)

5 Tips for Forming Your Own Distinct Voice (and Why That’s Important)

While emulating authors you love is a natural starting point, finding your own voice in storytelling is paramount to your success. Author Ronald Kelly shares 5 tips for forming your own writing voice.