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Editorial Calendar

Writer's Digest 2022 Editorial Calendar

We urge writers to get creative in their interpretations of our 2022 issue themes. We offer a brief description of how we interpret them, but look forward to ideas we weren’t necessarily expecting.

March/April 2022

Theme: Exploring Point of View

We’re taking a deep dive on POV. Don’t be afraid to get nuanced with your pitches because we want to cover this from every angle: fiction, nonfiction, writing for children, non-human POV, including who’s narrating, writing, and reading the story.

+ WD Self-Published Book Awards Winner Announcement

May/June 2022

Theme: Tech for Writers

Showcasing all of the ways technology appears in writing and can help writers be more efficient in their craft and business.

+ 101 Best Websites for Writers

+ WD Self-Published E-Book Awards Winner Announcement

+ WD Personal Essay Awards Winner Announcement

July/Aug 2022

Theme: At a Crossroads

Writers will inevitably hit a crossroads where they have to decide how to move forward, either in the drafting of a work-in-progress or in making choices about their career. Or, perhaps your work is at the intersection of two or more genres. This issue aims to help writers work through the tough parts of writing.

+ WD Poetry Awards Announcement

Sept/Oct 2022

Theme: Sinister Stories

This issue is exactly what it sounds like: How to write the creepy, the horrific, the unsettling, the evil in fiction and nonfiction. Plus, how to identify and avoid potential scams or those who would take advantage of writers on the business side.

+ The Annual Agent Roundup

+ WD Short Short Story Awards Winner Announcement

Nov/Dec 2022

Theme: Writing “The End”

Writing “The End” is a monumental achievement for writers, but what comes next? In this issue, we aim to explore everything from crafting compelling endings in all types of books (fiction, nonfiction, children’s) to what to do after writing “The End” to writing character deaths and apocalyptic fiction to saying goodbye to opportunities that aren’t working for you anymore.

+ WD Annual Writing Competition Winners Announcement

Jan/Feb 2023

Theme: Finding Success Inside-the-Box

We often hear the phrase “think outside the box,” but tools inside the box exist for a reason. Think: happily-ever-afters in romance novels, mysteries that are solved at the end of the book, querying techniques that haven’t changed even as they moved from snail mail to email, poetic forms to guide your verse. We’ll explore proven ways to find success in 2023. 

Find out more about our submission guidelines here. 

3 Tips for Writing a Holiday Romance Novel

3 Tips for Writing a Holiday Romance Novel

Jenny Bayliss' new novel, A Season for Second Chances, takes place in a small seaside village with Christmas fast approaching. Here, she offers 3 tips for writing a holiday romance novel.

Sallie Tisdale: On the Power of Pop Culture

Sallie Tisdale: On the Power of Pop Culture

Author Sallie Tisdale discusses her deep dive into reality television to observe the power of pop culture for her new book, The Lie About the Truck.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 588

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 last poem.

The Differences in Writing a Memoir vs. a Novel

The Differences in Writing a Memoir vs. a Novel

Where fiction writing is about concealing emotional truth for interpretation, memoir is about exposing it for what it is. Writer Jenna Blum discusses the differences she experienced in writing a memoir vs. a novel.

17 Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

17 Pros and Cons of Traditional Publishing vs. Self-Publishing

When choosing your publishing journey, it's important to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks in order to make the right decision for you and your work. Author Rick Lauber lays out 17 pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing.

Spooky Season

Scary Season

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, write something that has to do with the scary season!

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Christopher Parker: On Learning to Let Go in the Publishing Process

Author Christopher Parker discusses how he celebrated small victories in writing his debut novel, The Lighthouse.


Writer's Digest November/December 2021 Cover Reveal

Revealing the November/December 2021 issue of Writer's Digest: Magical Writing. Featuring advice from R.F. Kuang, Alix E. Harrow, Maggie Stiefvater, Tobias Buckell, Ran Walker, and many more.

The Lane Report: Market Spotlight

The Lane Report: Market Spotlight

For this week's market spotlight, we look at The Lane Report, the business publication of Kentucky.