Welcome to Writer’s Digest Competitions!


The Writer’s Digest collection of competitions, all which are held on a yearly basis, have long-standing respect within the writing community.

Over 90 years ago, Writer’s Digest launched its first writing competition. Today, Writer’s Digest holds six competitions, with a combined twenty-eight categories. Honoring writers across a variety of genres and formats including short pieces (fiction and non-fiction), poetry, performance scripts, articles (print or online) and self-published books, Writer’s Digest has a competition to highlight your work.

Winners are eligible for cash prizes, free trips to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Annual Writing Conference, promotion in our print magazine and website, and more.

We hope that you’ll join us and share your work in any (better yet--all) of the competitions!

Competitions which are accepting submissions are listed below. You can view the complete list of Writer’s Digest writing competitions, including upcoming competitions, by visiting: https://www.writersdigest.com/wd-competitions. Sharpen your pencils, sync your devices, and mark your calendars!


*NEW* You can now compete in multiple WD competitions with a single login!


WD Poetry Awards 


Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards
EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE: 11/15/2022


Calling all poets! We’re looking for poems of all styles–rhyming, free verse, haiku, and more–for the 17th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards! This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for poets. Enter any poem 32 lines or fewer for your chance to win $1,000 in cash.


PROSPECTUS
Everything you’ll need to know can be found on WritersDigest.com or in an easy to follow PDF which outlines the following:

  • PRIZES
  • DEADLINES AND FEES
  • HOW TO ENTER
  • PREPARING YOUR ENTRY
  • RULES AND GUIDELINES
  • FAQ
  • 2022-2023 WD COMPETITION SEASON PLANNER 

 

-For questions related to any of the topics above, email us at: writersdigestwritingcompetition@aimmedia.com. Please reference the the competition name in the subject line of the email.
-For questions related to your Submittable account, including payment, connect via email at: submittersupport@submittable.com or via the help form at: https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/


WD Short Short Story Competition 


Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition
DEADLINE: 12/15/2022

We’re looking for short fiction stories! Think you can write a winning story in 1,500 words or less? Enter the 23rd Annual Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition for your chance to win $3,000 in cash, get a feature interview in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!

PROSPECTUS
Everything you’ll need to know can be found on WritersDigest.com or in an easy to follow PDF which outlines the following:  


  • PRIZES
  • DEADLINES AND FEES
  • HOW TO ENTER
  • PREPARING YOUR ENTRY
  • RULES AND GUIDELINES
  • FAQ
  • 2022-2023 WD COMPETITION SEASON PLANNER 

 
-For questions related to any of the topics above, email us at: writersdigestwritingcompetition@aimmedia.com. Please reference the the competition name in the subject line of the email.
-For questions related to your Submittable account, including payment, connect via email at: submittersupport@submittable.com or via the help form at: https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/


Annual Writing Competition 

 
Writer’s Digest
ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION
EARLY-BIRD DEADLINE: 5/5/2023


Writer’s Digest wants to shine the spotlight on up-and-coming writers in all genres through its Annual Writing Competition. Enter our 92nd Annual Writing Competition for your chance to win and have editors and agents see your works! Almost 500 winners will be chosen.


PROSPECTUS
Everything you’ll need to know can be found on WritersDigest.com or in an easy-to-follow PDF which outlines the following:


  • PRIZES
  • DEADLINES AND FEES
  • HOW TO ENTER
  • PREPARING YOUR ENTRY
  • RULES AND GUIDELINES
  • FAQ
  • 2023 WD COMPETITION SEASON PLANNER 

 

-For questions related to any of the topics above, email us at: writersdigestwritingcompetition@aimmedia.com. Please reference the the competition name in the subject line of the email.
-For questions related to your Submittable account, including payment, connect via email at: submittersupport@submittable.com or via the help form at: https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/


WD Self-Published Book Awards 


Writer's Digest
Self-Published Book Awards
DEADLINE: 04/03/2023

We’re looking for the best self-published book(s) in eight of the most popular categories. Enter the 31st Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards for your chance to win! $10,000 in cash, a feature about you in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to our ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!

PROSPECTUS
Everything you’ll need to know can be found on WritersDigest.com or in an easy to follow PDF which outlines the following:


  • PRIZES
  • DEADLINES AND FEES
  • HOW TO ENTER
  • PREPARING YOUR ENTRY
  • RULES AND GUIDELINES
  • FAQ
  • WD COMPETITION SEASON PLANNER 



-For questions related to any of the topics above, email us at: writersdigestwritingcompetition@aimmedia.com. Please reference the the competition name in the subject line of the email.
-For questions related to your Submittable account, including payment, connect via email at: submittersupport@submittable.com or via the help form at: https://www.submittable.com/help/submitter/

Writer's Digest Competitions