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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. 

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 609

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 world-building poem.

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Writer's Digest Presents: World-Building (Podcast, Episode 5)

In the fifth episode of the Writer's Digest Presents podcast, we talk about world-building in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, including interviews with authors Whitney Hill (fiction) and Jeannine Hall Gailey (poetry).



Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, someone's shown up demanding your narrator's family heirloom.

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

May Cobb: On Stolen Moments

Author May Cobb discusses offering readers a summer of mayhem with her new novel, My Summer Darlings.

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

The Time Is Now: Securing First-Hand Accounts of History for Writing Projects

Writer Stephen L. Moore discusses the benefits of having first-hand accounts for historical writing and offers advice on best practices in securing interviews while there’s still time.

From Script

Character Exploration and Development in Television (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by Script magazine, exclusive interviews with writers, showrunners and more who share a common thread of character exploration and development!

Janet Key: On Letting Your Novel Take Shape

Janet Key: On Letting Your Novel Take Shape

Author Janet Key discusses the experience of letting the novel take shape through the editorial process for her debut novel, Twelfth.

Benjamin Myers: On Fleeting Moments Becoming Finished Novels

Benjamin Myers: On Fleeting Moments Becoming Finished Novels

Award-winning author and journalist Benjamin Myers discusses the out-of-body experience of having the idea for his new novel, The Perfect Golden Circle.

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WD Presents: 7 WDU Courses, a Chat With Ran Walker, and More!

This week, we're excited to announce 7 WDU courses, a chat about flash fiction with Ran Walker, and more!