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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.

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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.

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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"

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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."

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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."

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Rhyming Poetry First Place Winner: "Lessons of a Cruel Tide"

Congratulations to Barbara Jennes, first place winner in the Rhyming Poetry category of the 89th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning poem, "Lessons of a Cruel Tide"

Mainstream:Literary Short Story

Mainstream/Literary Short Story First Place Winner: "Schism, 1995"

Congratulations to Sophia Veltfort, first place winner in the Mainstream/Literary Short Story category of the 89th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning story, "Schism, 1995."

Genre Short Story

Genre Short Story First Place Winner: "Little Time Machines"

Congratulations to Ian Gonzales, first place winner in the Genre Short Story category of the 89th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's his winning story, "Little Time Machines."

Children’s:Young Adult Fiction

Children’s/Young Adult Fiction First Place Winner: "Wombat Wings"

Congratulations to MJ Belko, first place winner in the Children’s/Young Adult Fiction category of the 89th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning story, "Wombat Wings."

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Your Story #109

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.

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Inspirational/Spiritual Essay First Place Winner: "Crazy Hazel"

Congratulations to Barb Miller, first place winner in the Inspirational/Spiritual Essay category of the 89th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's her winning essay, "Crazy Hazel."

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Memoir/Personal Essay First Place Winner: "South of That"

Congratulations to Curt Klinghoffer, first place winner in the Memoir/Personal Essay category of the 89th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. Here's his winning essay, "South of That."

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Writer's Digest 89th Annual Competition Winner Profile: Cheryl Katz

The winner of the 89th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition talks about the elements of groundbreaking environmental journalism.

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2019 Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards Winner: "Lullaby" by Nancy Shea

Congratulations to Nancy Shea! Her poem, "Lullaby," is the winner of the 2019 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards.

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The 2019 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 WD Poetry Awards!

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Meet the Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Winner Gregory Jeffers

The winner of the 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition reveals his strategies for writing award-winning short fiction.

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Announcing the Winners of the 20th Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 20th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition!

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Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Winner: Quitting Time by Gregory Jeffers

Congratulations to Gregory Jeffers! Read "Quitting Time," his winning entry to the 20th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition.

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Meet Rachel Menard, Winner of the WD Self-Published E-Book Awards

Read a Q&A with Rachel Menard, grand prize winner of the 7th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published E-Book Awards.

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Announcing the 7th Annual Self-Published E-Book Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 7th Annual Self-Published E-Book Awards!

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Meet Alexandra Hill, Grand Prize Winner of the 15th Annual WD Popular Fiction Awards

Congratulations to Alexandra Hill, grand prize winner of the 15th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here's a look at her writing process.

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Young Adult First Place Winner: "Life After Dusk"

Congratulations to Douglas Jern, first place winner in the Young Adult category of the 15th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards. Here's his winning short story, "Life After Dusk."

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Romance First Place Winner: "Just a Little Push"

Congratulations to Leslie Wibberley, first place winner of the Romance category in the 15th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here's the winning short story, "Just a Little Push."

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Horror First Place Winner: "Tree Gifts"

Congratulations to Benjamin Barbour, first place winner in the Horror category of the Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here's his winning short story, "Tree Gifts."