Writer's Digest 87th

Writer’s Digest’s 87th Annual Writing Contest

Hey Lovelies!

In lieu of a formal post, I decided to let you all know about the Writer’s Digest’s 87th Annual Writing Contest. This has been around for a very long time and it is one of the better writing contests to enter, or so I am told.

Here’s what you need to know!

The Deadline: May 8th, 2018

The Grand Prize: 

  • $5000 cash.
  • An interview in Writer’s Digest
  • One-on-one time with four editors or literary agents
  • A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference (it’s in NYC by the way)
  • A one year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials

The Categories:

  • Inspirational Writing (Spiritual/Religious)
  • Memoirs/Personal Essay
  • Magazine Feature Article
  • Genre Short Story (Mystery, Romance, etc.)
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Story
  • Rhyming Poetry
  • Non-rhyming Poetry
  • Script (Stage Play or Television/Movie Script)
  • Children’s/Young Adult Fiction

How to Enter:

You can enter online or by regular post mail. They do have strict guidelines for submitting, especially when it is by mail. So you’ll want to go to their website for full details (don’t worry I’ll post a link to it for you).

There is going to be a submission fee for entering:

Early-Bird Deadline: May 4, 2018

  • Poetry entry—$20 for the first entry; $15 for each additional poetry entry.
  • Manuscript entry—$30 for the first entry; $25 for each additional manuscript entry.

Deadline: June 1, 2018

  • Poetry entry—$25 for the first entry; $20 for each additional poetry entry.
  • Manuscript entry—$35 for the first entry; $30 for each additional manuscript entry.

Don’t go over the word count set for each category. If you do go over the limit you will be disqualified!


Here is the link to the competitions homepage: Writer’s Digest 87th Annual Writing Competition Home page

There are additional links at the bottom of the homepage for more information on the application process, FAQ, etc. that you can check out. I just wanted to highlight the big ones for you.

For those of you who enter, I wish you the best of luck!

Until next week!



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Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams

Danielle Adams is a writer and editor for a local marketing agency. She has formerly worked as a writer for the Investing News Network and as an editor for Whetstone, a bi-annually published literary magazine. Aside from writing, Danielle has an unabiding love for all marine life and the outdoors. She loves taking long hikes with her husband and cooking delicious meals in the kitchen.


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