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Annual Writing Competition

ENTER NOW! DEADLINE: 5/7/21 Writer’s Digest’s oldest and most popular competition, the Annual Writing Competition, is open for entries. Winners of the 90th Annual competition will be announced in the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

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."

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."

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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Annual Writing Competition

ENTER NOW! DEADLINE: 5/7/21 Writer’s Digest’s oldest and most popular competition, the Annual Writing Competition, is open for entries. Winners of the 90th Annual competition will be announced in the Nov/Dec 2021 issue of Writer's Digest.

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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.

The 86th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition Winners

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the 101 winners of the 85th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition! For full coverage of the awards, please check out the November/December 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest.

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WD Annual Competition Deadline Is Today!

No matter what you are writing, chances are there's a spot for it in our 84st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition. And now there's even greater incentive to enter as we've upped the ante ...

7th Annual Pop Fiction Writing Competition Winner: Romance

Here's the winning entry for the Romance category for the 7th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Writing competition by lifestyle columnist and grant processor Karin Fuller.

7th Annual Pop Fiction Writing Competition Winner: Crime

Here's the winning entry for the Crime category for the 7th Annual Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Writing competition by writer/editor Geoffrey C. Fuller.