Skip to main content

New Contest: Get your short story published in Writer's Digest magazine


It’s a bit hard to believe (the summer flew, right?) but it’s already time for another round of our Your Story contest, the free writing competition that could land you on Writer’s Digest magazine’s lone fiction page.

Image placeholder title

Up for a challenge?

??In 750 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring, send your response to the prompt below to yourstorycontest@fwmedia.com, and/or post it in the Comments section and I’ll enter it in the competition. By posting below and sharing your work, you’ll also be automatically entered in our occasional around-the-office swag drawings. (If you’re having trouble with the captcha code sticking, feel free to e-mail your story to me at writersdigest@fwmedia.com, with “Promptly” in the subject line, and I’ll make sure it gets up.) ??Afterward, the WD editors will select their favorite entries, and our forum members will vote on a winner. The latest prompt (deadline: Oct. 10), from our October issue, follows.

Good luck!

* * *

??
WRITING PROMPT: Your Story No. 29????

While remodeling a room of your house, you discover a door to another room you didn’t know existed.?


MORE RESOURCES FOR WRITERS

• If you're a freelance-inclined scribe, you might be interested in a new
bootcamp WD has in the works (this weekend!). Here's some info: "With publishing
companies laying off workers, freelance writers offer them a cheaper
alternative. But the sad truth is the success of a freelance writer
isn't usually just based on quality of work or marketing. It's often
about who's the most organized, has a clear plan for future goals, and
understands how to best execute it." Want to know how to do it? Check
out Eric Butterman's How to Get Freelance Work Bootcamp.

• Online
workshops for writers

• Get

Published with Writer’s Market

• Instantly download writing magazines, books, videos
&
more

• Sign

up for your
Writer’s Digest email newsletter & receive a FREE e-book

Interviewing Tips | Tyler Moss

Interviewing 101: Tips for Writers

Interviewing sources for quotes or research will be part of any writer's job. Here are tips to make the process as smooth and productive as possible.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Eliminate Threat

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Eliminate Threat

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character work to eliminate a threat.

4 Tips for Writing Gothic Horror

4 Tips for Writing Gothic Horror

Gothic horror and its many subgenres continues to increase in popularity. Here, author Ava Reid shares 4 tips on writing gothic horror.

Lucy Clarke: On the Power of Creativity

Lucy Clarke: On the Power of Creativity

Novelist Lucy Clarke discusses how a marathon of writing led to a first draft in just 17 days for her new psychological thriller, One of the Girls.

A Conversation With Jaden Terrell on Writer Expectations, Part 1 (Killer Writers)

A Conversation With Jaden Terrell on Writer Expectations, Part 1 (Killer Writers)

Killer Nashville founder Clay Stafford continues his series of interviews with mystery, thriller, and suspense authors. Here he has a conversation with novelist Jaden Terrell about writer expectations and success.

Connecting the Dots vs. Drawing the Whole Damn Picture: A Veteran Ghostwriter Takes Back His Pen and Finds Something To Say

Connecting the Dots vs. Drawing the Whole Damn Picture: A Veteran Ghostwriter Takes Back His Pen and Finds Something To Say

Writing for oneself after a decades-long career as a ghostwriter is a challenge unto itself. Here, author Daniel Paisner discusses his career as a ghostwriter, how the process differs from writing his own work, and if the two ever intersect.

Who Are Sensitivity Editors? And How Much Does Sensitivity Reading Pay?

Who Are Sensitivity Editors? And How Much Does Sensitivity Reading Pay?

Sensitivity readers offer a very specific and focused edit to manuscripts. Here, C. Hope Clark shares what a sensitivity editor is, how much it pays, and where you can start.

Kate White: On Building In Brainstorming Time

Kate White: On Building In Brainstorming Time

New York Times bestselling author Kate White discusses the process of writing her new psychological thriller, The Second Husband.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 615

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 desire poem.