Better Writer Challenge


The Better Writer Challenge is a mid-quarter competition open for the first ten days in February, May, August, and November. Each challenge is carefully designed to test your skills across several core aspects of writing. You'll find the challenge details and submission button in the green box on this page. 

This competition includes a $5 entry fee per submission. Enter as many times as you want per quarter; your entry fee adds to the prize pool. Winners receive feedback and a cash prize dependent on the prize pool in $25 (USD) increments. Prizes are paid through PayPal.

The author retains rights to their winning entry, published below. Better Writer subscribers receive an emailed voucher for one free entry per quarter.

Submissions information:

Arial or Times New Roman, size 10 or 12pt, black text only

Single spaced

No extra spaces between lines or paragraphs except for scene breaks.

1" empty margins on all four sides

0.5" (12.7mm) or Tab indentations for all paragraphs

Do not use the spacebar for indentations

Empty line for scene breaks

Do not include your title a second time before your entry.

Entries must include the proper Title Information at the start of the document, aligned left:

Name and email

Title of Entry

Better Writer [month]

Word Count


The Writer's Workout accepts these file types: .doc, .docx, .odt

Emailed entries are not accepted for this challenge.

February Challenge: 

An ancient item reveals your setting’s secret history. 

Deadline: February 10.


Submission fee: $5 per entry via PayPal. 

Title Information: 

Name and email

Entry Title

Better Writer [month]

Word Count


Gold! Every challenge Wally tries is gold in his pocket of writing improvement. Try the Better Writer challenge to earn feedback and gold of your own!

The Writer's Workout is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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