Writer’s Digest Competition

Want to jumpstart your writing career? Let us help!

For 89 years, Writer’s Digest has been looking for and shining the light on new and up-and-coming writers in any genre or category.

And it’s that time again—we’re looking for writing that strikes and grabs us, that we can’t put down. We’re looking for standout writing in any and all of the following categories:

  • inspirational/spiritual
  • memoirs/personal essays
  • print or online article
  • genre short story (think romance, thriller, mystery, sci-fi, etc.)
  • mainstream/literary short story
  • rhyming poetry
  • non-rhyming poetry
  • script (think stage play or television/movie script)
  • children’s/young adult fiction

That’s a lot of options, but we’re sure something you’ve written or are writing will fit in. And we’ve seen a wide range of winners in the past several years. Just be sure to check our website for entry details—we have strict word count restrictions for each category.

So, how will this competition help you? That’s easy. The grand prize winner will receive $5,000 in cash, a trip to New York City for the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, and an interview for a feature article in our magazine. Ten first place winners in each category receive $1,000, ten second place winners in each category win $500, and on and on!

Ready to be the next writer we spotlight? Enter by May 4 for the best price!


The Art of the Sell: An Indie Author Learn and Do Workshop Saturday, March 21, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Seasons 52, UTC Mall, Sarasota. Presented by Pat McKanic & Associates, LLC

 You accomplished a monumental task—writing your book! Now, let’s get that book into readers’ hands!

 WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: Utilizing instruction, role-play, hands-on design and coaching, we’ll give indie authors tips and tools needed to create customized, functional, versatile marketing strategies and collaterals to boost books sales, expand awareness, attract readers and continually engage followers.

COST: $129 per person, includes workshop materials, lunch, and beverages throughout the day.

REGISTRATION: Jan. 16, 2020 – Feb. 28, 2020. Seating is limited; ABSOLUTELY NO WALK-INS.

TO REGISTER: Email your name, book title (one per registrant) and best contact number to: brookgranpublishing@gmail.com (we will contact you)

—They’re not buying your book, they’re buying you!
—Social Media Marketing: Finding, Being, Doing, inhabiting your niche (aka You Are A Rock Star!)
 —Let’s create!

+ Lunch & Learn: “Maximizing LinkedIn, building your author brand” presented by Microsoft

First 20 registrations receive one of the following:
-Certificate for a 25-minute one-on-one coaching session
-Certificate for a 30-minute podcast interview
-A gift certificate from Microsoft for a one-hour personal training session

Marketing matters!

The Hudson Prize – POETRY

The 2020 Hudson Prize is now open for submissions!
Each year Black Lawrence Press will award The Hudson Prize for an unpublished collection of poems or short stories. The prize is open to new, emerging, and established writers. The winner of this contest will receive book publication, a $1,000 cash award, and ten copies of the book. Prizes are awarded on publication.
The  annual deadline is March 31.
Submit your manuscript by January 31 and save $5 on the entry fee!


Winter Solstice 2003
(Year of my Quintuple Bypass)

I thought at first
The cataracts had come back —
the sun glinting cold and yellow
over the tennis courts
brought out the Bollé glasses.

Nor was noon better —
the sun still low and stuck in time
as I drove on the causeway
to and from
the mainland mall madness,
gray gulf and sky,
whatever shred was left of day
shrouded in jaundiced twilight.

For once I was relieved
to see night begin
with Venus burning bright
and low like a jetliner
and even lower on the horizon —
the thin crescent of moon
slivering into renewal.

From darkest day had come
most shining night
and on this longest night
of my longest year —
the promise
of ever-brightening days
waiting to rise
above my horizons.

Joe Pacheco

Call for Poetry

Call for POETRY Submissions

Create a poem inspired by one of the pieces of art
on display in the National Art Exhibit.

On Display February 7-March 25, 2020 at
Visual Arts Center
210 Maud St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Deadline for submission: February 26

 On-line submissions only

 Evening of Poetry & Art:  March 4, 2020 7-9pm

Details flyer

Creative Writing Workshop

The Creative Writing Workshop begins on Monday, January 27th.  It will be held each week during the Spring Semester (except March 9th) until March 30th, from 2:00-3:00 P.M., Room D-203,  at the FSW Charlotte Campus, 26300 Airport Rd., Punta Gorda, Florida.  The teacher will be John Pelot, PRCW President.  Bring samples of your Poetry, Fiction and Creative Non-Fiction on a flash drive or hard copy.  There is no fee.

Writers on the Air

Every Sunday, WKDW 97.5 FM nonprofit radio invites amateur writers, poets, and comedians to perform or read on its program “Writers on the Air.”  Organizers are looking for funny or family-friendly content.

Sign up at 2:30 p.m.  The show airs live at 3:00 p.m.  After the show, a participating visitor who reads may be eligible for a three-minute author interview that is posted on the “Writers on the Air” Facebook page.

The public is invited to:
Common Grounds Meeting Hall
12735 Tamiami Trail
North Port, Florida
next door to WKDW 97.5 FM radio station in the Springs Plaza.

For more information, contact Linda at Lschell2@verizon.net and visit the Writers on the Air page on Facebook.

WOW flash fiction


Deadline: 02/29/2020


WOW! hosts a (quarterly) writing contest every three months, and has done so since 2006. The mission of this contest is to inspire creativity, great writing, and provide well-rewarded recognition to contestants. The contest is open globally; age is of no matter; and entries must be in English. We are open to all styles and genres of flash fiction, although we do encourage you to take a close look at our guest judge for the season (upper right hand corner) if you are serious about winning. Please make sure you download our Contest Terms & Conditions PDF below for complete guidelines. Get creative, and let’s have some fun! Remember, we only allow for 300 entries, so enter early to ensure your spot. We look forward to reading your work!


Maximum: 750
Minimum: 250


The Elephant

“Stories You’ll Never Forget”

the elephantJoin the showcase of oral storytelling performances. We breath new life into this ancient art of one person sharing a story with another. Tellers tell their tantalizing tales. This is HUGE! Unforgettable! Captivating and fun! Sponsored by Storytellers of the Round Table. Emcee: Dr. Joel Ying

Naples, Florida

The Elephant 5: Stories You’ll Never Forget
Monday, April 6, 2020
7pm – 9pm
Sugden Theatre (Tobye Hall), 701 5th Ave South, Naples, FL 34102
Tickets: $20
Box Office: 239-263-7990