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DEADLINE FRIDAY: WD's 85th Annual Writing Competition

Don't miss your chance to enter the 85th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition! With 501 winners, this competition showcases beginning to veteran writers in all genres.

Prizes

You could win:

  • An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest (subscriber issues only)
  • $5,000 in cash
  • An interview in Writer’s Digest
  • One-on-one attention from four editors or agents
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • A one-year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials
  • A thirty-minute Platform Strategy Consultation with Chuck Sambuchino

Deadline/Entry fees

Early-Bird Deadline: May 6, 2016

  • Poetry entry—$15 for the first entry; $10 for each additional poetry entry.
  • Manuscript entry—$25 for the first entry; $20 for each additional manuscript entry.

Deadline: June 1, 2016

  • Poetry entry—$20 for the first entry; $15 for each additional poetry entry.
  • Manuscript entry—$30 for the first entry; $25 for each additional manuscript entry.

For entry and competition information, click here. To read last year's winning entries, check out the 2015 Annual Competition Collection.

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How Inspiration and Research Shape a Novel

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Poetic Forms

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Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

Karen Hamilton: On Cause and Effect

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Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Ultimatum

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6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

6 Things Every Writer Should Know About Sylvia Beach and Shakespeare and Company

Sylvia Beach was friend to many writers who wrote what we consider classics today. Here, author Kerri Maher shares six things everyone should know about her and Shakespeare and Company.

How Writers Can Apply Business Tools to Their Writing

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Nick Petrie: On Following the Most Compelling Story

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Poetry Prompt

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Jacquelyn Mitchard: On Forgiveness in Fiction

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Award-winning novelist Jacquelyn Mitchard discusses the chance meeting that led to her new novel, The Good Son.