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15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards
Sep 16 all-day

Submit your best short stories in the 15th Annual Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards for a chance to win $2,500 in cash, a featured interview in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City. Stories–romance, thriller, crime, horror, sci-fi/fantasy, or young adult–must be 4,000 words or fewer.

Submission date: September 16, 2019

To submit:

14th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards
Oct 1 all-day
14th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards

The winning poem will be published in Writer’s Digest magazine’s July/August 2020 issue and to a worldwide readership on The first place winner will also receive a 20-minute consultation with Poet’s Market editor Robert Brewer and a copy of the 2020 Poet’s Market. Twenty-five winners will be selected with varied awards.

Enter any poem 32 lines or less for your chance to win $1,000 cash award.

Contest date: October 1, 2019

To submit: