Competitions

Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition

Writer’s Digest hosts the 20th Annual Short Short Story Competition. This competition spotlights short fiction that is 1,500 words or less. This is your chance to win $3,000 in cash, a spotlight about you in an upcoming issue, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!

Self-Published Book Awards

DEADLINE: 4/1/20
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.

Annual Writing Competition

DEADLINE: 5/4/20
Writer’s Digest’s oldest and most popular competition, the Annual Writing Competition, is open for entries. Winners of the 89th Annual competition will be announced in our Special 100 Years of Writer's Digest issue (December 2020).

Popular Fiction Awards

CLOSED
Writer’s Digest’s Popular Fiction Awards is not currently accepting entries. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition that celebrates short fiction in today's most popular genres. Winners will appear in our May/June issue.

Poetry Awards

CLOSED
Writer’s Digest’s only competition exclusively for poetry, the Annual Poetry Awards, is not currently accepting entries. Winners are awarded cash and prizes.

Self-Published Ebook Awards

Closed
Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published Ebook Awards is not currently accepting entries. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for self-published ebooks.