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Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Nonfiction Essay or Article First Place Winner: "Blessings of a Mother: Eej Khad, the Mother Rock of Mongolia"

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Nonfiction Essay or Article First Place Winner: "Blessings of a Mother: Eej Khad, the Mother Rock of Mongolia"

Congratulations to Angela Waldron, first place winner in the Nonfiction Essay or Article category of the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning article, "Blessings of a Mother: Eej Khad, the Mother Rock of Mongolia."

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) First Place Winner: "The Mad Scene"

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) First Place Winner: "The Mad Scene"

Congratulations to Wim Coleman, first place winner in the Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) category of the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's a preview of his winning play, "The Mad Scene."

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "Unalloyed Love"

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "Unalloyed Love"

Congratulations to Nadra Dupé Henderson, first place winner in the Rhyming Poetry category of the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning poem, "Unalloyed Love."

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Non-Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "Music We Make in the Basement"

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Non-Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "Music We Make in the Basement"

Congratulations to Alison Luterman, first-place winner in the Non-Rhyming Poetry category of the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning story, "Music We Make in the Basement."

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Inspirational/Spiritual Essay First Place Winner: "One Mourning in Moore Haven"

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Inspirational/Spiritual Essay First Place Winner: "One Mourning in Moore Haven"

Congratulations to Brian Wedlake, first place winner in the Inspirational/Spiritual Essay category of the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's his winning essay, "One Mourning in Moore Haven."

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Children’s/Young Adult Fiction First Place Winner: "Cicada Summer"

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Children’s/Young Adult Fiction First Place Winner: "Cicada Summer"

Congratulations to Marina Richards, first place winner in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction category of the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning story, "Cicada Summer."

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Memoir/Personal Essay First Place Winner: "The Chasm Opens"

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Memoir/Personal Essay First Place Winner: "The Chasm Opens"

Congratulations to Vanessa Baehr-Jones, first place winner in the Memoir/Personal Essay category of the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's the winning essay, "The Chasm Opens."

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Genre Short Story First Place Winner: "Shooting Star"

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Genre Short Story First Place Winner: "Shooting Star"

Congratulations to Maura Beth Brennan, first place winner in the Genre Short Story category of the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning story, "Shooting Star."

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Mainstream/Literary Short Story First Place Winner: "The Lasso"

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Mainstream/Literary Short Story First Place Winner: "The Lasso"

Congratulations to Caitlin Brady, first place winner in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category of the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning story, "The Lasso."

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Announcing the Winners of the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition!

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Winning Non-Rhyming Poem: "The Birds of Menards"

Writer's Digest 91st Annual Competition Winning Non-Rhyming Poem: "The Birds of Menards"

Congratulations to Jill Madden Melchoir, Grand Prize winner of the 91st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning non-rhyming poem, "The Birds of Menards."

Your Story #121

Your Story #121

Write a drabble—a short story of exactly 100 words—based on the photo prompt below. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Announcing the Winners of the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

Bluebird: Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Winner

Congratulations to Emmett Knowlton, Grand Prize winner of the 22nd Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition. Here's his winning story, "Bluebird."

Announcing the Winners of the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

Announcing the Winners of the 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition!

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

In-Between: Writer's Digest 2nd Annual Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Rickert, Grand Prize winner of the 2nd Annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's her winning essay, "In Between."

Your Story #118

Your Story #118: Vote Now!

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Announcing the 9th Annual Self-Published E-book Awards Winners

Announcing the 9th Annual Self-Published E-book Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 9th Annual Self-Published E-book Awards! Discover the titles that placed in the categories of contemporary fiction, fantasy, memoir, mystery, and more.

Your Story #117

Your Story #117

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards

Announcing the Winners of the 2021 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2021 WD Poetry Awards!

Announcing the Second Annual Personal Essay Awards Winners

Announcing the Second Annual Personal Essay Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards!

Your Story #116

Your Story #116

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

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Announcing the Winners of the 29th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Congratulations to all the winners of the 29th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards! Read an interview with the Grand Prize-winning author Zenda Walker in the March/April 2022 issue.

Your Story #115

Your Story #115

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Print or Online Article First Place Winner: "Surfacing an Aquatic Diaspora"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Print or Online Article First Place Winner: "Surfacing an Aquatic Diaspora"

Congratulations to Elaine Howley, first place winner in the Print or Online Article category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning article, "Surfacing an Aquatic Diaspora."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) First Place Winner: "Jaguar Woman"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) First Place Winner: "Jaguar Woman"

Congratulations to Olga El, first place winner in the Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning stageplay script, "Jaguar Woman."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Non-Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "won't you celebrate with me"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Non-Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "won't you celebrate with me"

Congratulations to Nicole Adabunu, first place winner in the Non-Rhyming Poetry category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning poem, "won't you celebrate with me."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "She Lives in Underbridge World"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "She Lives in Underbridge World"

Congratulations to MF Slattery, first place winner in the Rhyming Poetry category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's the winning poem, "She Lives in Underbridge World"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Mainstream/Literary Short Story First Place Winner: "Tracks"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Mainstream/Literary Short Story First Place Winner: "Tracks"

Congratulations to Elizabeth Rosen, first place winner in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning story, "Tracks."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Genre Short Story First Place Winner: "A Brief Cameo"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Genre Short Story First Place Winner: "A Brief Cameo"

Congratulations to D. M. Ullrich, first place winner in the Genre Short Story category of the 89th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's his winning story, "A Brief Cameo."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Children’s/Young Adult Fiction First Place Winner: "Upside Down Man"

90th Annual Competition Children’s/Young Adult Fiction First Place Winner: "Upside Down Man"

Congratulations to Sara Karnoscak, first place winner in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning story, "Upside Down Man."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Inspirational/Spiritual Essay First Place Winner: "Pop"

90th Annual Competition Inspirational/Spiritual Essay First Place Winner: "Pop"

Congratulations to Henry Hack, first place winner in the Inspirational/Spiritual Essay category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's his winning essay, "Pop."

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Memoir/Personal Essay First Place Winner: "Passion’s War"

Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Memoir/Personal Essay First Place Winner: "Passion’s War"

Congratulations to LC Helms, first place winner in the Memoir/Personal Essay category of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's the winning essay, "Passion’s War."

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Announcing the Winners of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition!

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Writer's Digest 90th Annual Competition Winning Non-Rhyming Poem: "Anticipatory Grief"

Congratulations to Melissa Joplin Higley, Grand Prize winner of the 90th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning non-rhyming poem, "Anticipatory Grief."

Your Story #114

Your Story #114

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

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Announcing the Winners of the 21st Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 21st Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition!

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The Night the Moon Cries: Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Winner

Congratulations to JJ Lubinski, Grand Prize winner of the Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition. Here's her winning story, "The Night the Moon Cries."

6 Tips for Entering Fiction Contests From a Judge

6 Tips for Entering Fiction Contests From a Judge

Author and competition judge Audrey Wick shares 6 insider tips for perfecting your story entry.

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Deborah Hall, 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winner

The winner of the 2020 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards discusses the inspiration behind her first-place poem, “The Loneliest Whale."

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The 2020 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 WD Poetry Awards!

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Your Story #113

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Personal Essay Awards

Announcing the First Annual Personal Essay Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the first annual Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards!

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Your Story #112

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

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Suspended: Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to J.E. Stamper, grand prize winner of the Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's his winning essay, "Suspended."

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Whitney Hill: Self-Published E-Book Awards Winner

Whitney Hill, winner of the 8th Annual WD Self-Published E-Book Awards, talks fan fiction, creating her own stories, and why she chose to self-publish.

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Writer's Digest Columns: Your Story

Want to see your work published in WD? Here are editor tips on how to write a winning Your Story entry.

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Your Story #111

Write a short story of 650 words or fewer based on the photo prompt. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Print:Online Article

Print or Online Article First Place Winner: "The Other Side"

Congratulations to Elaine Howley, first place winner in the Print or Online Article category of the 89th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning article, "The Other Side"

Script (Stage Play or TV:Movie)

Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) First Place Winner: "Andromeda's Way"

Congratulations to Michael Keane, first place winner in the Script (Stage Play or TV/Movie) category of the 89th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's his winning TV Pilot script, "Andromeda's Way."

Non-Rhyming Poetry

Non-Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "Paying the Rent"

Congratulations to Alison Luterman, first place winner in the Non-Rhyming Poetry category of the 89th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning poem, "Paying the Rent."