Writer's Digest Competitions

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."

Rhyming Poetry

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."

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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.

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."

Inspirational:Spiritual Essay

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."

Memoir:Personal Essay

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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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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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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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."

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Mystery/Crime First Place Winner: "A Cowgirl Farewell"

Congratulations to Mary Lou Condike, first place winner in the Crime category of the Writer's Digest 15th Annual Popular Fiction Awards! Here's her winning story, "A Cowgirl Farewell."

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Thriller First Place Winner: "Jin's Baby"

Congratulations to Edgar Mahaffey, first place winner in the Thriller category of the 15th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here's his winning short story, "Jin's Baby."

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Sci-Fi/Fantasy First Place Winner: "The Inhibitor Check"

Congratulations to Christopher Wyer, first place winner in the Sci-Fi/Fantasy category of the 15th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here's his winning story, "The Inhibitor Check."

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15th Annual Popular Fiction Awards Winning Short Story: "A Life Measured in Moons"

Congratulations to Alexandra Hill, winner of the 15th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards! Here is her winning short story, "A Life Measured In Moons."

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Announcing the Winners of the 15th Annual Popular Fiction Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 15th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards! To get the best in genre fiction, be sure to read the grand prize winner and first place winners in each category.

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Self-Published Book Awards

CLOSED!  Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Book Awards is currently accepting submissions. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for self-published books.

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Meet the 27th Annual WD Self-Published Book Awards Winner

The winner of the 27th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards talks about writing picture books that children will cherish.

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Writer's Digest 88th Annual Competition Winner Profile: Jerry Slaff

The 88th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Grand Prize winner shares his playwriting and plotting secrets.

 Jerry Slaff, whose script LIES was the Grand Prize winner of the 88th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition.

Online Exclusive: WD 88th Annual Competition Grand Prize Winner

In this online exclusive from the November/December 2019 issue of Writer's Digest, read the full script of the 88th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition grand prize winner: Lies by Jerry Slaff.

The Winners of the 19th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition

Congratulations to the winners of the 19th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition! WD is proud to announce the top 25 winners.

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Announcing the Winners of the 2018 WD Poetry Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Writer's Digest Poetry Awards! Read the full list of winners here.

WD Short Short Competition Winner—Reena Shah

19th Annual WD Short Short Story Competition Winner: Hari Om Senior Center by Reena Shah

Read "Hari Om Senior Center" by Reena Shah, the winning entry of the 19th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition.

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Interview with Reena Shah, Winner of the WD 19th Annual Short Short Story Competition

Read an interview with Reena Shah, winner of the 19th Annual WD Short Short Story Competition.

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Extended Interview With Peter Besson, WD's 6th Annual Self-Published E-Book Awards Winner

Peter Besson’s e-book The Last Checkout is the Grand Prize winner of the 6th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards. Read an interview with him here.

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Announcing the 6th Annual Self-Published E-Book Awards Winners

See the full list of winners of the Writer's Digest 6th Annual Self-Published E-Book Awards.

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The Winners of the 26th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate our 26th annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards winners!

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Interview with Dima Ghawi: WD's 26th Annual Self-Published Book Awards Winner

Breaking Vases author and Self-Published Book Awards Winner Dima Ghawi talks about finding the strength to tell her personal story and how she produced the book while building her new business.

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The 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate our 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition winners!

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Q&A With Eliot Stein, Grand-Prize Winner of the 2018 WD Annual Writing Competition

“The Last Remaining Sea Silk Seamestress,” by Eliot Stein, is the Grand Prize­–winning story for the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, besting more than 5,300 entries across nine categories. For complete coverage of the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, please check out the November/December 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest.

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The Winners of the 18th Annual Short Short Story Competition

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 18th Annual Short Short Story Competition. Each year, writers submit their very best short stories of 1,500 words or fewer.

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Extended Q&A with WD’s 2017 Short Short Story Competition Winner

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 18th Annual Short Short Fiction Competition. Each year, writers submit their very best short stories of 1,500 words or fewer. This year, “Beneath the Cracks” by Nicole Disney bested more than 3,000 entries. Read a Q&A with her here.

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18th Annual WD’s Short Short Story Competition Winner: “Beneath the Cracks”

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 18th Annual Short Short Story Competition. Each year, writers submit their very best short stories of 1,500 words or fewer. This year, “Beneath the Cracks” by Nicole Disney bested more than 3,000 entries. Read the story here.