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  • Ploughshares: Market Spotlight


    For this week's market spotlight, we look at Ploughshares, a quarterly literary journal. Currently open for submissions June 1, 2020 to January 15, 2021.
  • WD Poetic Form Challenge: Huitain Winner


    Learn the winner and Top 10 list for the Writer’s Digest Poetic Form Challenge for the huitain.
  • Empathy vs. Sympathy vs. Apathy (Grammar Rules)


    Learn when you're using empathy vs. sympathy vs. apathy with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including their differences and when they might overlap.
  • Soledad: Poetic Forms


    Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the soledad, which is a Spanish tercet form.
  • Plot Twist Story Prompts: Antagonist Gain


    Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, we'll look at what happens when an antagonist levels up.
  • Vintage WD: An Exclusive Interview with Herman Wouk


    In celebration of Herman Wouk's birthday, we revisit his 1966 interview with former WD editor-in-chief, Kirk Polking.
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 524


    Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an outdoors poem.
  • Mindy Mejia: Writing on a Dare


    Mindy Mejia, author of The Dragon Keeper and Leave No Trace, shares what inspired her most recent novel, Strike Me Down, when she prefers to start new projects, her best piece of advice for other writers, and more.
  • View From Space


    Take a scene from any story you've written already. Re-write it so that it takes place somewhere in a galaxy far, far away.
  • 2020 April PAD Challenge: Share Your Favorite Poem


    After writing 30-ish (or more) poems in April, here's a chance to share your favorite composition from the 2020 April PAD Challenge.
  • The Indie Publishing Truth


    You’ve decided to submit your manuscript to an independent publisher. Now what? The staff of four indie presses answer WD’s questions about small publishers.
  • The Writer's Field Guide to Editors


    Freelancers are sure to come across every type of editor during their career. Here’s a veteran writer’s catalog of all the types you’ll encounter and how to work with each.
  • Cywydd Deuair Fyrion: Poetic Forms


    Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the cywydd deuair fyrion, which is a Welsh couplet form.
  • Plot Twist Story Prompts: The Unknown Fear


    Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, we'll look at what happens when an unknown fear or phobia is revealed.
  • Vintage WD: 36 Plot Nots: Plot Clichés to Avoid


    From our September 1959 issue, here are 36 clichéd plots that will kill your chance at publication.
  • 3 Tips for Writing Cosmic Horror That "Goes Beyond"


    Cosmic horror is unlike any other fiction genre, even in terms of horror. Author Scott Kenemore shares 3 tips for writing cosmic horror that goes beyond the norms of writing fiction.
  • Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 523


    Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write an action title poem.
  • 6 Tips to Create Suspense in a Thriller Novel


    Why do many thrillers fail to thrill? It's usually from a lack of suspense. Novelist Leslie Lutz shares six tips to create suspense in a thriller novel.
  • Prompt, Newburyport


    Create a scene or short story that is told entirely in one sentence. It could be a one-sentence story, or a sentence that goes on for pages.
  • Semantics vs. Syntax vs. Pragmatics (Grammar Rules)


    Learn the differences between semantics vs. syntax vs. pragmatics with Grammar Rules from the Writer's Digest editors, including a few examples of correct usages.