Writer’s Digest – Personal Essay Awards Competition


This competition has closed.

Nevertheless, Writer’s Digest continues to run frequent competitions.

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In January 2020 notice was given, due to lack of interest, competition notifications would no longer be published in this website. To date that policy has been adhered to. However, details of a new awards competition have recently come to light. A competition, that due to its nature, may be more relevant to, and of interest, to readers of this website blog. The unusual decision has therefore been taken to publish the information.

Writer’s Digest has announced a new personal essay awards competition. A summary follows:

Prizes: Grand winners down to tenth place winners will receive cash prizes ranging between $2.500 and $100. The essays will also be published in the May/June 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine. The grand winner’s prize will also include a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest annual conference. Eleventh through to twenty-fifth place winners will receive a $50 certificate to spend in the online Writer’s Digest shop.

Eligibility: Entires must be in English and must not have been previously published in print, digital, or online publications. However, it will be considered if it has only been self-published in a blog or on social media.

Format: Entries must be formatted in 8-1/2×11 or A4 paper size. They must be double spaced and must not include name, address, or phone numbers.

Word Count: Essays must be no longer than 2,000 words. Any entries exceeding this count will be disqualified. The title is not included within the count.


Early-Bird deadline – ends 15 September 2020: $25 and $20 for additional entires.

Final deadline – ends 15 October 2020: $30 and $25 for additional entires.

Edits: Once an entry has been submitted it cannot be edited. If the author wishes to submit a revised edition they have to make a fresh application and pay the relevant fee.

Copyright: ‘Writer’s Digest retains one-time nonexclusive publication rights to the Grand Prize and top winning entires to be published in a Writer’s Digest publication. Authors retain all ownership of their work.’

These are just some of the competition details. Further information may be viewed at the:

Writer’s Digest site.

Disclaimer: Neither T. R. Robinson Publications nor T. R. Robinson have any affiliation to Writer’s Digest. Nor do either receive any remuneration for publishing the information or for referring to them. This notification has simply been published for the assistance of authors who may be interested.

If wished: The desisting notification referred to may be viewed here.

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