Open Call!

WayWords is now accepting submissions for issue 2. We're looking for fiction short stories and poems with a central theme of "heritage". You can submit up to 5,000 words or two poems for this section. 


We're also accepting creative nonfiction on the subject of "teachers" 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 heritage means to you. 

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


Freelancer Appreciation


We love freelancers and we want to help promote you! To celebrate Freelance Writer Appreciation Week (February 7-13), we're showcasing your self-published work. To see your work here and in our special mailer in February, email us:

Include your book cover image, a link to purchase your book, and a brief synopsis (up to 40 words). Send us information about your poetry, prose, or nonfiction. Limit one book* per author. You're welcome to include up to two social/blog/website links if you'd like but we will not include author bios with your work. We'll accept emailed submissions until January 31.

*Due to federal licensing restrictions, The Writer's Workout cannot support religious or political fiction. Our community politely declines erotica and pandemic topics.


Achievements, Subscriptions, and Feedback, oh my!


We're looking forward to positive and powerful things in 2021 so we devoted the last ten weeks of 2020 to some pretty incredible changes (I'm not biased). Our amazing team of volunteers almost doubled in 2020 and we're grateful for their time and inspiration every day.


We've been hard at work mapping out a brand new schedule, developing hundreds (you read that right) of new challenges, and creating tons of opportunities to help you be a better writer.


Here's what The Writer's Workout offers in the new year:

Achievement Tracker – an amazing spreadsheet designed to help you track your progress throughout the year. Record your writing, editing, submissions, and publications, this Tracker will organize everything and highlight your successes so you can stay focused on goals, learning, and growth as a creative writer.

Also available as a standalone service.

Better Writer Challenge – a quarterly challenge to explore a facet of writing in-depth. Winners receive feedback and a cash payment dependent on the prize pool. $5 entry fee per submission.

Better Writer Subscription Service – includes a quarterly entry voucher to the Better Writer Challenge, members-only forum section, The Writing Arcade, Achievement Tracker, and feedback on one piece per month up to 3,000 words.

The Writer's Games – a series of six weekly prompts (called Events), short deadlines, feedback for every entry, blind judgement, and published winners. Advance registration is required; this competition is free.

The Writing Arcade – a self-paced, arcade-style writing opportunity full of prompts, blind judgement, points-based advancement, and feedback for every submission. Choose a path and quest, set your own difficulty, create, submit, improve!

Available through the Better Writer Subscription Service only.

WayWords – a quarterly literary journal with a central theme.

Can't wait? Neither can we! Join us on social media January 2 as we set our writing goals for a wonderfully productive and inspiring new year!



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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 strive to put you, the writer, first and foremost in everything we do. We're here to help you succeed!


We've worked especially hard these last few weeks to design a plethora of incredible new challenges to broaden your writing horizons in 2021. Look for full details at the end of December. 

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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Schedule Changes for 2021

  • The Writer's Workout is moving to a new quarter system! Each quarter, we'll focus on topics suggested during the previous quarter. This gives you a LOT more direct influence over our focused discussions. 

  • Look for a motivational quote accompanying each topic discussion. Quotes give us something to consider as we learn from each other. 

  • Forum-based picture prompts begin January in the Writing channel. We'll see a different picture prompt every month so you can post your creation and read other interpretations!

  • New monthly subscriptions: Better Writer service.

On social media...

Tuesday: Tuesday Tip

Wednesday: Weekly Micro

Thursday: Blog Post


In the Forum... 

Picture Prompt, Topic Discussion.

Find us on...

We have open positions available! Check our JOBS page for details.

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Help keep The Writer's Workout running, donate today!

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