WD Presents: Competition Winner Announcement and Two Chances at Publication

This week, we’re excited to announce the winners of the 28th Annual WD Self-Published Contest, two chances for you to be featured in an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest, 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 winners of the 28th Annual WD Self-Published Contest, two chances for you to be featured in an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest, and more!

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Announcing the Winners of the 28th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

The Writer's Digest team is sending a heartfelt congratulations to all the winners of the 28th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards!

Click here to see the winner’s list.

Click here to see WD editor Cassandra Lipp’s exclusive interview with the Grand Prize Winners.

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Describe a Time When Curiosity Fueled Your Writing: From Our Readers (Comment for a Chance at Publication)!

From Our Readers

From Our Readers

Our upcoming May/June issue is focused on curiosity. So, we would love to know about a time when your inspiration was sparked by your curiosity or you were led to an interesting place in your work by following your curiosity.

Share your comments on the article by February 24, 2021 for a chance to be featured in the May/June issue of Writer’s Digest.

Check out the article here.

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Announcing the Your Story #111 Post!

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt, then email it to us for a chance at publication in an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Deadline April 26, 2021.

See the image prompt here!

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Seven Online Writing Courses Start This Week

Seven new online writing courses start this week, including Mastering Amazon for Authors, How to Write an Article, and more. Click here to check out the Writer's Digest University calendar.

Mastering Amazon for Authors

It doesn’t matter if you’re self-published or traditionally-published…if you write fiction or non-fiction…if you’re a first-time author or an experienced veteran. Today, success for every author hinges upon selling more books on Amazon.

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Build Your Novel Scene by Scene

Build Your Novel Scene by Scene

Build Your Novel Scene by Scene

If you want to learn how to write a story, but aren’t quite ready yet to hunker down and write 10,000 words or so a week, this is the course for you. Build Your Novel Scene by Scene will offer you the impetus, the guidance, the support, and the deadline you need to finally stop talking, start writing, and, ultimately, complete that novel you always said you wanted to write.

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Writing the Thriller Novel

Do you want to write an enthralling thriller that your readers can't put down? In Writing Thrillers, a six-week workshop, you will get the tools you need to get your thriller project off the ground or take your current project to the next level. Examine the structural elements that create a successful thriller, learn how to build compelling conflict and suspense into your story, find out what helps a story engage a reader, and much more.

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writing the young adult novel

Writing the Young Adult Novel

Writing the Young Adult Novel

Are you new to writing fiction for young adults? Do you want to learn how to write a young adult book and break into the market? Let Writing the Young Adult Novel be your guide. When you take this workshop, you'll get step-by-step instruction on writing for young adults and learn how to sell your novel.

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How to Write an Article

It’s a great time to be a writer – because there are more places to tell stories, and more ways of telling them, than ever before. With print and online publications covering virtually every subject area today, and editors constantly seeking stories to run, along with dependable writers to write them, anyone with the right combination of skill, creativity, and diligence can become a valued ongoing contributor and generate a reliable income stream from writing articles.

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Form and Composition

Proper grammar, punctuation, and mechanics make your writing correct. In order to truly write well, you must also master the art of form and composition. From sentence structure to polishing your prose, this workshop will enhance your writing, no matter what type of writing you do.

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Fitting Writing Into Your Life

Finding the time, energy, and motivation to get the writing done—day after day—stumps even the most seasoned writer on occasion. Life as a writer can be difficult to sustain, especially if you don’t have the direction, organization, and support you need. Get a glimpse into the life of a professional writer and set realistic writing goals for yourself with this online workshop. When you take this workshop, you’ll learn to manage your time effectively, create a writing platform, practice strategies for writing, and read The Productive Writer by Sage Cohen. Once you know how to fit writing into your daily life, it won’t feel like a chore. Instead, it will be enjoyable and invigorating.

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March/April 2021 Issue of Writer’s Digest Out Now!

March/April 2021 Writer's Digest Cover

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. 

Get your copy now!

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