Writer’s Digest

Annual Writing Competition

May 6, 2024 - Check back on February 15th for Upcoming Deadline
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A prize of $5,000, an interview in Writer’s Digest, and an all-expenses-paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference is given annually for a single poem, a short story, or an essay (among other categories). Four 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, 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 the early bird deadline of May 6. The entry fee for poetry is $20 ($15 for each additional poem); the entry fee for prose is $30 ($25 for each additional entry). Visit the website for complete guidelines.

Writer’s Digest, Annual Writing Competition, 4914 Cooper Road, Unit 42534, Cincinnati, OH 45242. Nicole Howard, Competitions Coordinator.