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Join us for three weeks of mystery challenges to test your ability to scare the pants off your readers. Learn how to keep them gripping the page all the way till the end with feedback on your submissions.


Don't be frightened if you missed our open registration period; try the challenges anyway and submit before the deadline if you dare... the judges may find the time to review your work!

Check the Scarefest page for challenge details, rules, and submissions guidelines. 

Look for new challenges on the cusp of Saturdays, October 16, 23, and 30, UTC. 


*To meet federal licensing regulations, we cannot accept religious or political entries. The editors will not accept entries containing erotica or pandemic fiction.

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Monster Workshop

Saturday, October 23, we're hosting a Monster Workshop to help you create believable, scary monsters for your fiction. Check out the Chat page at 2pm, UTC, for an interactive workshop with Jake Reilly!

Jake's Monster Workshop is free to everyone worldwide.

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Now available in print!

We're excited to announce the publication of our tenth volume of 72 Hours of Insanity: Anthology of The Games

In this volume, you'll find 27 stories from 24 different authors around the world. These 300+ pages offer the very best display of skill in each of the five scored Events during this year's Writer's Games.

Special congratulations to this year's Judges' Choice winner,

Frances Turner!



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Open Call: WayWords

WayWords is accepting submissions for issue 5. We're looking for fiction short stories and poems with a central theme of new beginnings. You can submit up to 5,000 words or two poems for this section. 

We'll also accept creative nonfiction on the subject of guides for our tribute section!  You can submit up to 5,000 words. 


Explore more submissions details, rights information, and even find a tip from our editors to help inspire as you explore what new beginnings means to you. 

Click here to visit the WayWords page or find it under the Publications section of our menu. 

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Now Available

Your interpretations of connections felt so cohesive and real. It's an honor to share these exceptional pieces with you in this third issue of

WayWords, our quarterly literary journal.  You'll find poetry and prose from 15 different authors and two tributes to service workers who've kept us stocked, clean, and fed in these difficult last 18 months. 


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WayWords Issue 3:


WayWords Issue 4 is in the editing stage.

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New Merchandise!

Check out our new "I Am" line at You can find tees, hoodies, and mugs with three different expressions to show the world you're a writer. ships worldwide.



2022 Survey!

As your writing resource, we try to provide opportunities and challenges that interest you. Help us satisfy your writing needs by filling out this survey for 2022.

2022 Opportunity Survey

A note from our director

Hello fellow creative,

This community is wonderfully diverse and I'm so honored to volunteer my time here. Our team is truly amazing; we put you, the writer, first and foremost in everything we do. We're here to help you succeed!


We work hard to design a plethora of incredible new challenges to broaden your writing horizons today, tomorrow, and in your writing future. 

Thank you for your support, you're the reason we exist! 

Please consider donating to help provide prizes, resources, and fun new adventures with words. Donate here.

Love and words, 


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