CHALLENGES

The Writer's Workout thrives on challenges because they provide a quick, easy way to put in a lot of practice in a short amount of time. The more you practice, the faster and easier you'll improve overall. Join us for a few of the many challenges we run throughout the year and find out how The Writer's Workout can help you be a better writer.

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Achievement Tracker

The Achievement Tracker helps you organize everything writing related; record your reading, writing, editing, and submissions in one place! All the WW challenges, including Writer's Games and Writing Arcade are accessible here to help you track your success throughout the year.

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Better Writer Challenge

The Better Writer Challenge is a quarterly challenge to explore a facet of writing in-depth. The judges asses how you handle the challenge and utilize the features provided. Top entries receive feedback from the judges and a cash payment dependent on the prize pool. This challenge is available for the first ten days of February, May, August, and November.

$5 entry fee per submission, multiple submissions accepted. Submission voucher included with the Better Writer subscription.

Picture Prompt Challenge

Sometimes, visuals are the best inspiration! Every month, find a Picture Prompt Challenge in the forum. Post your creation on the picture thread for feedback!

Writing Arcade

The Writing Arcade is a self-paced opportunity to challenge yourself, receive feedback, and try different styles and genres of writing. Select your quest, choose a difficulty option, and create a piece in poetry or prose. Our Arcade Administrators will review your piece and give you a score and feedback. Your scores help you advance through the system and unlock new quests, options, and even battle bosses! Visit our Writing Arcade page for information on registration, updates, how it works, and the Leader Board.

The Writing Arcade is an optional feature for Better Writer subscription members only. 

The Writer's Games

The Writer's Games is a bi-annual writing competition with a global reach. For six consecutive weeks, registered participants create short stories that meet the challenges announced for the week. Events last 72 hours and each challenge is secret until the clock starts. Entries are judged blindly by a team of interns (the future of the publication industry) and trained volunteers. Every judged entry receives feedback from multiple judges and if this isn't awesome enough, winners from the five scored Events are published in the portion's Writer's Games anthology!

Entries for The Writer's Games are scored by adherence to the challenge and expression of the Event's Core Concept(s). You can check out the Event definitions in advance to try to plan ahead and think of ways to show the judges you understand the concepts listed. The Writer's Games makes it easy to try new genres and quickly improve your writing in just six weeks. 

UPDATE: The Writer's Games will have one portion 2021. Look for Mock Events at the end of May, registration in June, and live Events throughout July. 

Prompt Series

In search of a challenge but not into competition? Try your hand at one of our Prompt Series. Each open-genre series is thirty connected prompts so you can pick one at random every day for a month and at the end, you'll have a novella!

Retired: 

The Inky Deep

For some, a micro challenge is enough to get the blood--we mean ink--flowing. For others, a deeper challenge is necessary to truly explore a subject. In The Inky Deep, find a prompt focused on the month's topic character archetype, with a little tropey goodness mixed in. Create your fiction and post it to the forum for feedback. This challenge is open every month.

UPDATE: The Inky Deep is complete with twelve challenges. This series will remain available until it's retired in December, 2021. 

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