A prize of $5,000, publication in the 87th annual Writer's Digest Competition Collection, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City to meet one-on-one with four agents or editors is given annually for a poem, a short story, or an essay. The winner will also be interviewed in Writer's Digest, and will receive a subscription to the Writer's Digest Tutorials video series. Four prizes of $1,000 each and publication in the Writer's Digest Competition Collection will also be given for a rhyming poem, a non-rhyming poem, a short story, and an essay. Submit a poem of up to 32 lines, a story of up to 4,000 words, or an essay of up to 2,000 words by June 1. The entry fee for poetry is $20 ($15 for each additional poem) before May 4 and $25 thereafter. The entry fee for prose is $30 ($25 for each additional entry) before May 4 and $35 thereafter. Visit the website for the required entry form and complete guidelines.
Writer's Digest, Annual Writing Competition, 10151 Carver Road, Suite 200, Blue Ash, OH 45242. (715) 445-4612, ext. 13430.