DEADLINE FRIDAY: WD's 85th Annual Writing Competition

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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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