WD Presents: 2021 PAD Challenge Begins, a Competition Deadline this Week, and more!

This week, we’re excited to announce the 2021 PAD Challenge Begins, a Competition Deadline this Week, and more!
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There's always so much happening in the Writer's Digest universe that even staff members have trouble keeping up. As a result, we decided to start collecting what's on the horizon to make it easier for everyone to know what's happening and when.

This week, we’re excited to announce the beginning of the 2021 PAD Challenge, the April 1st deadline for a WD competition, and more!

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2021 April PAD Challenge Begins This Week!

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge

It's time to start preparing for the 2021 April PAD Challenge. In less than a week, we'll start meeting here every day to poem with poets from around the world. Past participants have included poets from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Spain, Germany, India, Japan, Australia, United Kingdom, South Africa, and several other countries.

For information on how it’s run, who can participate, and how you can share your work with the WD community, check out the 2021 April PAD Challenge: Guidelines.

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29th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Deadline This Week

Writer's Digest 29th Annual Self-Published Book Awards

Writer's Digest 29th Annual Self-Published Book Awards

Deadline April 1, 2021

Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer, or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 29th annual self-published competition—the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.

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90th Annual Writing Competition Deadline Approaching

Annual Writing Competition

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Writing Competition

Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up-and-coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for 90 years. Enter our 90th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! Almost 500 winners will be chosen.

Deadline to enter is May 7, 2021.

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Five Online Writing Courses Start This Week

Five new online writing courses start this week, including Getting Started in Writing, Writing the Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel, and more. Click here to check out the Writer's Digest University calendar.

Getting Started in Writing

When you take this online writing workshop, you'll discover your voice, learn the basics of grammar and examine the different types of writing. No matter what type of writing you're planning on crafting—nonfiction or fiction—you'll need guidance along the way.

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Short Story Fundamentals

Short Story Fundamentals

Short Story Fundamentals

Throughout this four-week workshop, you will have feedback and support while you write and hone an entire short story from beginning to end, and you'll leave with a polished draft of your story. You will get insider information about what editors are looking for in short stories they choose to publish. Literary journals are always looking for quality stories, and with the advances in online submissions, getting your work in front of an editor has never been easier.

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12 Weeks to a First Draft

Dive into the world of writing and learn all 12 steps needed to complete a first draft. In this writing workshop you will tackle the steps to writing a book, learn effective writing techniques along the way, and of course, begin writing your first draft.

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Freelance Writing

Freelance Writing with Kelly Boyer Sagert

Freelance Writing

In this workshop, you will work with a published article writer to develop, research, and write two articles suitable for publication in magazines you've identified as appropriate markets. You will get feedback from your instructor on your first and second drafts of both your articles.

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Writing the Science Fiction & Fantasy Novel

Do you daydream about distant worlds and mythical creatures? If so, take this six-week workshop and transform your ideas into creative science fiction and fantasy novels. You'll discover the essential elements of fictional worlds, how to write a science fiction novel with intriguing characters and plot, and write up to 2,500 words for your science fiction or fantasy story.

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New Webinar!

The Picture Book Puzzle: Writing, Revising, and Querying Your Picture Book Manuscript

Webinar: The Picture Book Puzzle

Webinar: The Picture Book Puzzle

Children's Picture Books are one of the most difficult categories to write. It takes a tremendous amount of practice and an understanding of the contemporary market to break into the publishing industry as a picture book author. Writing a complete story with a full narrative arc-in under 1000 words can be a daunting task. But we know from the number of cherished picture books on readers' bookshelves that it is possible. What can you learn from bestselling picture books? What picture book writing strategies can you implement to better your story? How can you effectively pitch your picture book manuscript to literary agents?

The Picture Book Puzzle: Writing, Revising, and Querying Your Picture Book Manuscript covers all these topics, providing you with information that will help take you from concept to first draft, and from final manuscript to pitching. This live webinar includes a live presentation, a Q&A session, and a critique of your children's picture book manuscript.

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March/April Issue of Writer’s Digest Out Now!

Writer's Digest March/April 2021 Cover featuring Carmen Maria Machado

Writer's Digest March/April 2021 Cover

Writer’s Digest gets bigger, better, and more personal in the March/April 2021 issue! We’re unveiling our new expanded look (92 pages!) and a collection of new columns aimed to ensure writers of all levels and genres learn something new. In this issue, our features span intimate topics from how to make the most of your writing habits to writing about your own life with no judgment to advice for writing the most personal of all fictional scenes: the sex scene.

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25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (and as a Person)

25 Ways Reflective Writing Can Help You Grow as a Writer (And as a Person)

Reflective writing—or journaling—is a helpful practice in helping understand ourselves, and by extensions, the stories we intend to write. Author Jeanne Baker Guy offers 25 ways reflective writing can help you grow as a writer (and as a person).

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Being Followed

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Being Followed

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let your character know they're being followed.

Amanda Jayatissa: On Spiraling Out in Suspense

Amanda Jayatissa: On Spiraling Out in Suspense

Author Amanda Jayatissa discusses the fun of writing "deliciously mean" characters in her psychological thriller, My Sweet Girl.

3 Tips for Writing a Memoir Everyone Wants to Read

3 Tips for Writing a Memoir Everyone Wants to Read

A memoir is an open window into another's life—and although the truth is of paramount importance, so too is grabbing hold of its reader. Writer Tasha Keeble offers 3 tips for writing a memoir everyone will want to read.

Zoe Whittall: On Personal Change in Literary Fiction

Zoe Whittall: On Personal Change in Literary Fiction

Bestselling and Giller Prize-shortlisted author Zoe Whittal discusses the complexity of big life decisions in her new novel, The Spectacular.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 582

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 transition poem.

4 Myths About Writing Animal Characters

4 Myths About Writing Animal Characters

Author Codi Schneider debunks four myths about writing animal characters, including that audiences won't connect with animal characters and that they're only for children's books.

Voyager

Voyager

Every writer needs a little inspiration once in a while. For today's prompt, your character is a modern day voyager.

Stephanie Marie Thornton: One How an Entire Rewrite Added Suspense

Stephanie Marie Thornton: On How an Entire Rewrite Added Suspense

USA Today bestselling author discusses how rewriting a portion of her new historical fiction novel, A Most Clever Girl, added suspense.