At Writer’s Digest, we don’t just publish information—we serve as a resource for writers who come to us for help. As such, we get a lot of questions about writing competitions. People want to know: How do they know if a contest is reputable, or if it’s worth the money to enter? Knowing that this is a personal decision dependent upon a lot of factors, our answer boils down to one piece of advice: Look at what you get for the entry fee.
Usually by that we mean to factor in the prestige of the competition, the value of the prizes, and how winning might advance your ultimate goals for your writing. But in the case of WD’s own Short Short Story Competition, we mean this advice even more literally. Because starting now, everyone who enters gets access to a live educational webinar that will tell you how to get more short stories published. The event, to take place in January 2015, will be available on demand afterwards for those who can’t attend. Ordinarily, our expert webinars command a price tag of $79-$99. Here, that’s included with the $25 it costs to enter your best short story into the running.
In my mind, that means that even if you lose, you win something. The webinar isn’t the only thing you’ll receive for entering, of course. All entrants have a shot at the top prize: $3,000 cash, a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City, a feature on you and your winning story in Writer’s Digest magazine, even more exposure on WritersDigest.com, and copies of the 2015 Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market and Guide to Literary Agents. All told, 25 writers will take home prizes, and the top 10 will see their names in WD magazine.
Eligible short stories are 1,500 words or fewer. Right now, in the midst of National Novel Writing Month, hundreds of thousands of writers worldwide have committed to writing more than 1,500 words every day this month to reach their 50,000-words goal. Isn’t it refreshing that for this challenge, all you need to enter is a single story, 1,500 words or fewer? What’s on your desktop right now? What might you write tonight, or even on your lunch break tomorrow?
You can’t win if you don’t enter. Whether or not you place in our top 25, you’ll be investing in the future of your writing by bettering your skills in one of our expertly instructed, first class webinars, at a fraction of the regular cost. And that’s a win-win for everyone.
Writing Contest 2015