A prize of $5,000, an interview in Writer’s Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer's Digest Annual Conference held in New York City during July is given annually for a work in categories including poetry, short story, and essay. Five prizes of $1,000 each and publication on the Writer’s Digest website are also given for a rhyming poem, a non-rhyming poem, a short story, a genre short story, and a personal essay. Using only the online submission system, submit a poem of up to 40 lines, a story of no more than 4,000 words, or an essay of up to 2,000 words by June 6. The entry fee for poetry is $20 ($15 for each additional poem) before May 6 and $25 thereafter ($20 for each additional poem); the entry fee for prose is $30 ($25 for each additional entry) before May 6 and $35 thereafter ($30 for each addition entry). Visit the website for complete guidelines.
Writer’s Digest, Annual Writing Competition, 4445 Lake Forest Drive, Suite 470, Blue Ash, OH 45242.