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DEADLINE JUNE 20: WD's 85th Annual Writing Competition

This week is your last chance to enter the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! With 501 winners, this competition showcases beginning to veteran writers in all genres.

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Don't miss your chance to win a grand prize package that includes:

  • $5,000 in cash
  • An announcement of the winner on the cover of Writer’s Digest (subscriber issues only)
  • 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

Deadline: June 20, 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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Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Ignoring Your Characters’ Desires

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 ignoring your characters’ desires.

Listening to Ghosts: 7 Metaphysical Experiments for Writing Support

Listening to Ghosts: 7 Metaphysical Experiments for Writing Support

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Alicia Thompson: On Writing Romance in Isolating Times

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Examples of Hooks for Books

60 Examples of Hooks for Books

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How To Turn Artifacts and Research Into a Family Memoir

A century’s old family heirloom acted as a clue to the past for author Cornelia Maude Spelman. Here, she shares how to turn artifacts and research into a family memoir.

Miriam Parker: On Writing the Book You Want To Read

Miriam Parker: On Writing the Book You Want To Read

Author and publisher Miriam Parker discusses her surprise at writing her new novel, Room and Board.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 622

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 story poem.