Writer’s Digest 88th Annual Writing Competition Winners

Hey, Lovelies!

As usual, I try to make sure I keep you up to date on the Writer’s Digest’s Annual Writing Competition submission deadlines and winners. I know this is late again, as I keep forgetting that the winners are announced in September. However, without further adieu, here are last year’s winners!

Grand Prize Winner: 

Jerry Slaff, Lies (Stage Play, Television/Movie Script). Read the first act of Lies here.

Other prize winners by category:

  • Children’s and YA Winner: “Supernova” by Jennifer Sneed
  • Genre Short Story Winner: “Feliz Navidead” by Bonnie Hearn Hill
  • Inspirational Writing Winner: “Happiness Defined” by Stacey Buchs
  • Print or Online Article Winner: “Amazon Prime Review: Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born (2018)” by Hunter Goddard
  • Mainstream and Literary Short Story Winner: “Imago” by Lucas Kater
  • Memoir and Personal Essay Winner: “God’s Tablecloth” by Elene Catrakilis
  • Non-Rhyming Poetry Winner: “The Landscape of My Son’s Abandoned Bedroom” by Suellen Wedmore
  • Rhyming Poetry Winner: “Spring” by Irene Rieger
  • Stage Play and Movie and Television Script Winner: After Jerry by Ron Radice

To view the shortlist of the winners, click here. To purchase Writer’s Digest’s November/December 2019 issue, which will have full coverage of the competition, click here. I think I missed the submission deadlines for last year’s competition, but I’m making it a point to get that to you guys this year, so stay tuned for that!

I also promise that I am working on getting that next plot post out. It’s just taking me a while to get all my ducks in a row on the research front. Plus, the job hunt is still on, and that’s taking up a decent amount of my time along with the wedding planning. Throw in a couple meltdowns because I’m bored, stressed, and overthinking things, and you’ve got me in the mood to procrastinate. (I know, I know, it’s not a good thing.)

I am going to work on a couple smaller posts in addition to the bigger ones, like the ones on plot), to help get the writing juices flowing again. If there’s random stuff thrown in there, that’s why.

Side note: if there are any other writing competitions that you’d like me to highlight, please let me know, and I can do a post on it!

Until next time!



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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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