Writer’s Digest 89th Annual Writing Competition Winners

Yesterday, Writer’s Digest announced the winners of its 89th annual writing competition. As always, I try to keep you up to date on all the Writer’s Digest competitions and their winners, and I’m on time this year, so I’m happy with myself.

But that’s enough about me. Let’s get to the winners of this year’s competition:

The 89th Annual Writing Competition Grand Prize Winner

A big congratulation goes to Cheryl Katz for her essay called Arctic Voyage Finds Microplastics Clog the Most Remote Reaches of the PlanetYou can read the article here

The Other Winners

Here are the rest of the first-prize winners for this year’s competition. I’ve divided it up by category:

  • Memoir/Personal Essay: “South of That” by Curt Klinghoffer
  • Inspirational/Spiritual: “Crazy Hazel” by Barb Miller
  • Children and YA Fiction: “Wombat Wings” by MJ Belko
  • Genre Short Story: “Little Time Machines” by Ian Gonzales
  • Mainstream/Literary Short Fiction: “Schism, 1995” by Sophia Veltfort
  • Rhyming Poetry: “Lessons of a Cruel Tide” by Barbara Jennes
  • Non-Rhyming Poetry: “Paying the Rent” by Alison Luterman
  • Script (Stage Play or TV/Film): “Andromeda’s Way” by Michael Keane
  • Print or Online Article: “The Other Side” by Elaine Howley

Congratulations again to all of the winners!

To view all of the winners, click here.Writer’s Digest’s November/December 2020 issue will have full coverage of the competition, and you can purchase your copy here.

And now, we wait until next year for the submissions to open once again. In the meantime, you should check out the winner’s writing. There are some great stories and articles.

But if you can’t wait and want to submit something to Writer’s Digest right now, then I suggest checking out their short story and poetry competitions. The deadlines for both are November 16, 2020.

Stay safe, everyone.

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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