Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 7, 2019

Writer’s Digest: ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION

ANNUAL WRITING COMPETITION

Early-Bird Deadline: May 6, 2019

  • 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 3, 2019

  • 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.

Category Selection

Select the category that best represents your entry. If the judges feel that another category is more appropriate, we will switch the category for you, on your behalf.

Genre Fiction: Stories that fit into a specific classification such as mystery, romance, science fiction, horror or fantasy.

Mainstream/Literary Fiction: Serious, non-formulaic fiction that does not fit into a genre. For the sake of separating them entirely from genre fiction, are combined into their own category. Literary fiction is generally more concerned with style and characterization, and may be paced more slowly than commercial fiction. It usually centers on a timeless, complex theme. Mainstream fiction is usually faster paced, with a stronger plot line (and more events and/or higher stakes). Characterization may not be as central to the story and the theme may be more obvious than literary fiction. The category of both of these two indicates that the story would generally appeal to a larger audience and isn’t confined by the rules and structure you might see in a typical genre.

Memoirs/Personal Essay: This is an article that is distinguished by and draws its power from its personal viewpoint. In such pieces, the author examines an issue, event, experience, place or idea and offers an opinion or some other reaction to it. The goal of an essay may be to explain, justify or persuade. The last is most often the goal of newspaper op-ed essays. Examples of other types of essays may be found in such magazine columns as Redbook‘s “A Young Mother’s Story” or Writer’s Digest‘s “Chronicle”.

Print or Online Article: This is an article in which the writer has researched a topic and explains the topic to readers. It can also profile an individual, a place or a topic. Often there is a “service” angle—a clear benefit that readers can take away from the article. There are many types of articles: how-to articles, personality profiles, Q&A’s, informational pieces, travel articles, magazine features, web articles, news articles. They may include events drawn from the author’s personal experience, but the focus of the article is on providing readers with information.

Inspirational: An article, essay or story with an explicitly religious, spiritual or otherwise inspirational focus. An article that’s suitable for Guideposts or St. Anthony Messenger, for example, would be inspirational. An essay on how the power of Christ, (or Buddha, or Allah or Vashti) touched your life would be inspirational. A story about the power of religion, the power of prayer, or the power of the universe would be inspirational.

Rhyming Poetry: When the last word of some or all lines rhyme with each other. Ask yourself: What is the rhyme scheme of my poem? If you don’t understand what that question means, your poem is probably non-rhyming. Most formal poetry is considered rhyming poetry (such as sonnets or ballads).

Non-rhyming poetry: When there is no recognizable or purposeful rhyme scheme or structure. Free verse falls under this category.

Children’s/Young Adult Fiction: Fiction written for the children, adolescents, and young adults.

Stage Play or Television/Movie Script: Scripts—original or written for any television series in production on or after January 1, 2019—are eligible. Adaptations of the author’s own writing will be accepted. All other adaptations are not eligible.

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Word Count / Line Count Requirements
Online & Offline Entry forms must have the word/line/page count listed where requested.
Mailed in entries must also include the word/line/page count on their actual paper entry.

Count refers to all words making up the story (no matter the number of letters in the word). Do not count the title or contact information in the word count.

Poetry entries: count the lines containing text. Do not count blank lines between stanzas & do not count the title or contact information.
Stage play/movie script entries: Please provide the number of pages submitted instead of the word count.
Memoirs/Personal Essay, Print or Online Article and
Children’s/Young Adult Fiction: 2,000 words maximum.
Mainstream/Literary Short Story and Genre Short Story: 4,000 words maximum.
Inspirational Writing: 2,500 words maximum.
Rhyming Poem and Non-rhyming Poem: 32 lines maximum.
Stage Play Script or Television/Movie Script: Send the first 15 pages (the title page does not count toward the page limit) in standard script format, plus a one-page synopsis. Complete scripts are not eligible. Scripts—original or written for any series in production on or after January 1, 2019—are eligible; adaptations will not be accepted.
Entry Method Options/Preparing Your Entry

PREPARING YOUR ONLINE ENTRY:

Set up your competition account/profile by following the “enter now” links & signing up for your online account. After you have set up your account profile, you will be able to log in as long as the competition is still accepting entries.
Please be sure that the email address that you provide will be valid throughout the competition span. Please type carefully and list only one complete & legible email address. Competition related updates are sent via: email.

Cover pages are optional; they are not requested or necessary.

Please submit text only; illustrations are not accepted.

Select a font that is easy to read-please do not use a decorative or script font; 12-point type size is preferred but not mandatory. We have no requirements as to the number of words per page.

It is preferred that an entry be formatted to 8.5 x 11 paper, single sided, 1 inch margins. We prefer any of the various standard-formatting styles (although non-conforming entries will not be disqualified). Scripts (TV/Movie or Stage Play) and poems may be either double-or single-spaced; all other documents must be double-spaced.

Contact information is collected via: the online entry form; online entrants should not include this information on the file being uploaded. Only the category, word/line count and entry title should be included on the file being uploaded.

Word counts are not to include entry title. All words (no matter the length) are to be included in the word count.
For poetry entries, supply a line count instead of a word count. Line counts should include all lines that have text; do not include blank stanzas in your line count.

When filling out the online entry/submission form, you will be asked to upload your entry file. Acceptable file formats include: doc, docx, rtf and pdf. Do not attach zipped files, or documents stored on the web like Google doc’s etc. File types such as .wps, .pages, .abw and .scw will not be accepted. File size should not exceed 5 MB. We recommend that you avoid adding your own symbols/punctuation in file names of the documents you are uploading.

Please submit your files saved under the same title as your submission. HERE’S The Link: https://app.wizehive.com/apps/login/WDAnnual2019

To upload your file, click the SELECT A FILE button, locate the entry file on your computer & attach it. Because you are attaching a file- you are not able to edit the entry once it has been attached; edits should be done prior to uploading the file.

PREPARING YOUR MAILED IN (PAPER) ENTRY:

To ensure that papers do not become separated in transit, we ask that you staple multiple paged stories (please do not staple the entry form to the story however) together and that you include the entry category, the word count of your entry (or line count if applicable) and entry title on the entry. Your full contact information (name, address, phone, email) must be on your entry form (not on the story/poem/script itself).
Mailed in entries must deliver within 5 days of the current posted entry deadline, at listed on the website at the time of your submission. For proof of delivery, please track your package with your shipper – we are not able to confirm individual deliveries. Mailed in entries can take up to 60 days (after the entry deadline) to process.

Entry fees can be paid by credit card/debit card (MC, V, AMEX & DISC) or by check drawn on a US bank, in US funds (this includes cashier’s checks & money orders). Checks should then be mailed along with entries (by the competition deadline at the time of entry) to the address is listed on the entry form (online or mailed in). Checks should be made out to: F+W Media, Inc. & may take up to 60 days to be processed after the final deadline has passed.

Whether entering online or by mail, please be sure that the email address that you provide will be valid throughout the competition span. Please write/type carefully and list only one complete & legible email address. Competition related updates are sent via: email.

Cover pages are optional; they are not requested/required. They will not be forwarded to the judges.
Please submit text only; illustrations are not accepted.

Select a font that is easy to read; please do not use a decorative or script font; 12-point type size is preferred but not mandatory. We have no requirements as to the number of words per page.

It is preferred that an entry be printed on 8.5 x 11 white paper, single sided, 1 inch margins. We prefer standard formatting styles (although non-conforming entries will not be disqualified). Scripts (TV/Movie or Stage Play) and poems may be either double-or single-spaced; all other documents must be double-spaced.

RULES:

Your entry must be original, in English, unpublished* and unproduced, not accepted by any other publisher or producer at the time of submission. *Entries in the Magazine Feature Article category may be previously published. Any piece posted online, anywhere other than a personal blog, is considered published. For poetry, all online postings are considered published.

Writer’s Digest retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights to the Grand Prize and First Place winning entries in each category to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication. Authors retain all ownership of their work.

Entries exceeding the word (page/line) count requirements will be disqualified.

Entry fees are due at the time of submission.

Refunds are not provided for disqualified, withdrawn or non-winning entries.

If the Grand Prize Winner accepts the Writer’s Digest Conference portion of their prize they must agree to travel (flying round-trip from the same city) during the conference dates in 2020. The editors or agents who meet with the Grand Prize Winner are under no obligation to read, buy or represent the Grand Prize Winner’s work. This prize includes airfare, hotel and conference registration.This prize includes airfare, hotel and conference registration.

Winners must provide an appropriate tax form (W9 or W8BEN) in order to receive their cash awards. If the forms are not received within 60 days of the request date, cash awards may be forfeited.

The following are not permitted to enter the contest, neither under their legal names nor pen names: employees of F+W Media, Inc. and their immediate family members; Writer’s Digest Books authors; Writer’s Digest contributing editors and columnists; and Writer’s Digest instructors for online courses and live webinars. Grand Prize Winners from the previous three years are not eligible. Ineligible entries will be disqualified. Due to to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea.

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Thanks for this info. Have you submitted before?

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