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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. 

Sole vs. Soul (Grammar Rules)

Sole vs. Soul (Grammar Rules)

Learn how to distinguish the sole from the soul with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.

How to Make the Most of a Virtual Writing Workshop or Conference

How to Make the Most of a Virtual Writing Workshop or Conference

In this brave new world of virtual learning and social distance, Kristy Stevenson helps us make the most of the virtual conference.

When Is Historical Accuracy Inaccurate?

When Is Historical Accuracy Inaccurate?

Writers of historical fiction must always ride the line between factual and fictitious. Here, author Terry Roberts discusses how to navigate that line.

What Is Creative Nonfiction in Writing?

What Is Creative Nonfiction in Writing?

In this post, we look at what creative nonfiction (also known as the narrative nonfiction) is, including what makes it different from other types of fiction and nonfiction writing and more.

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WD Presents: Four WDU Courses, a Competition Deadline Reminder, and More!

This week, we’re excited to announce four WDU courses, a Competition deadline reminder, and more!

Funny You Should Ask: What Is Going to Be the Next Big Trend in Fiction?

Funny You Should Ask: What Is Going to Be the Next Big Trend in Fiction?

Funny You Should Ask is a humorous and handy column by literary agent Barbara Poelle. In this edition, she discusses the next big fiction trend, and whether or not all books are the same.

From Script

A Change in Entertainment Business Currency and Disrupting Storytelling with Historical Significance (From Script)

In this week’s round up brought to us by ScriptMag.com, learn about how crypto currency is making a wave in the entertainment business, what percentages really mean in film financing, the pros and cons of writing partnerships, an exclusive interview with three-time NAACP Image Awards nominee, co-creator and former showrunner of CBS’ 'S.W.A.T.' Aaron Rahsaan Thomas and more!

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Putting Off Submissions

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Putting Off Submissions

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is putting off submissions.

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

The Transformative Power of a Post-First-Draft Outline

Have you ever considered outlining after finishing your first draft? Kris Spisak walks you through the process.