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Short Story Contest Entry: Thin Air

Our Writers Forum 2020 Short Story Contest is officially closed. We received two more stories at the September 15 deadline, so we have two more stories to enjoy! The contest judges are hard at work as we speak. Winners will be announced on ...

Queen’s Letter: If I have to come over there…!

Today we have more words from Writers Forum President and Queen Laura Hernandez. With the COVID-19 numbers back on the rise in California, and with the lack of masks we see around town, it looks like this is going to be a longer ride than w...

Mystery/Crime First Place Winner: “A Cowgirl Farewell”

Congratulations to Mary Lou Condike, first place winner in the Mystery/Crime category of the Writer’s Digest 15th Annual Popular Fiction Awards! Here’s her winning story, “A Cowgirl Farewell.” A Cowgirl Farewell A line snaked out th...

Vintage WD: Jay Anson, The Man Who Wrote The Amityville Horror

Jay Anson, author of The Amityville Horror, died on this day in 1980. Read the full Writer’s Digest profile of the author from March 1979. By William J. Slattery Controversy rages around Jay Anson and his book The Amityville Horror. Some ...

Vintage WD Interview: In Jennifer Weiner’s Shoes

In this February 2006 Writer’s Digest interview by Maria Schneider, novelist Jennifer Weiner shares how she creates humor in her novels and what it was like having her book turned into a blockbuster film. Numbers don’t lie. With more th...

Jess Zafarris: Author Spotlight

Author spotlights (like this one with Jess Zafarris, author of Once Upon a Word: A Word-Origin Dictionary for Kids from Rockridge Press) are a great way to learn how other authors are finding success. Jess Zafarris Jess Zafarris is the auth...

Here Are The Top 25 Startups To Work For In Canada 

We asked LinkedIn how you can be a better candidate to work at the hottest startups in Canada.   When you think of working at a “startup”, you might picture the beanbag chair filled Facebook or Google campuses. There’s a chef-prepar...

5 Thoughts on How to Use Place to Move Your Story Forward

Author Jane Bernstein shares five thoughts on how to use place to move your story forward by showing how setting affects characters and characters affect setting. So much rich material begins and evolves in the place where a story is set, a...

100 Common Publishing Terms

Here’s a list of 100 common publishing terms and their definitions, including the meanings of ARC, high concept, simultaneous submissions, and so much more. While we try to explain them as we go, we often drop common publishing terms on t...

Four Tips for Indie Authors on Planning a Successful Book Tour

Book tours are a wonderful way to connect with readers. Indie author John Peragine shares his experience planning his latest book tour for his book Iowa Wine. It was one of the hottest days in July when I walked into the small indie booksto...

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