Annual Writing Competition

ENTER NOW! 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…

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Writer’s Digest has been shining a spotlight on up and coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition for more than 80 years. Enter our 89th Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have your work be seen by editors and agents! Almost 500 winners will be chosen..

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One Grand Prize winner will receive:

$5,000 in cash
An interview with the author in Writer’s Digest
A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot
and more

The First place winner in each category will receive $1,000 in cash
The Second place winner in each category will receive $500 cash
The Third place winner in each category will receive $250 in cash
The Fourth place winner in each category will receive $100 in cash
The Fifth place winner in each category will receive $50 in cash
The Sixth through Tenth place winners in each category will receive $25 in cash
All top winners will also receive:

A  one-year subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine, discounts on Writer’s Digest University workshops and more.
The Grand Prize winning piece and the 1st place winning piece in each category will be published on
All other top winners will have their names listed in Writer’s Digest and on

All Honorable Mentions receive:

20% discount off of purchases made at Writer’s Digest University
Their names listed on


Memoirs/Personal Essay
Print or Online Article
Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
Mainstream/Literary Short Story
Rhyming Poetry
Non-rhyming Poetry
Script (Stage Play/Television/Movie Script/Short Film)
Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

How to Enter

All entries must be submitted online.
All entries must be in English. Only original works that have not been published in print, digital  or online publications will be considered. Self-published work in blogs, on social media, etc. will be considered. For the script category, only unproduced scripts will be considered. Entries in the Print or Online Article category may be previously published.
It is preferred that an entry be formatted to 8.5 x 11 paper, single sided, 1 inch margins. We prefer any of the various standard-formatting styles (although non-conforming entries will not be disqualified). Scripts (TV/Movie, Stage Play or Short Film) and poems may be either double-or single-spaced; all other documents must be double-spaced.
BE SURE OF YOUR WORD COUNT! Entries exceeding the word, line or page limits will be disqualified. Type the exact word count (counting every single word, except the title) at the top of the manuscript.
Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea.
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