The Writer's Workout loves competition! We thrive on the challenge because it's a quick, easy way to put in a lot of practice in a short amount of time. The more practice, the easier it is to improve overall. So join us for a few of the many competitions we run throughout the year and find out how The Writer's Workout can help you be a better writer.

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Arcaders can earn a ticket for judging any of our public-judgement competitions. 

Pick up your Achievement Tracker here. 

Writing Arcade

The Writing Arcade itself is not a competition but it is deeply embedded in everything we do at The Writer's Workout. It's a fun, easy way to earn tickets as you write so you can reward yourself with prizes! Visit our Writing Arcade page for information on registration, updates, associated Tracker pages, and the Ticket Leader Board.

The Writing Arcade has associated pages:

  • Arcade Information provides a breakdown of how to use the Arcade to your advantage, word count requirements per ticket by level, Boss Battle options and how to defeat them, and the prizes.

  • Arcade Challenges highlights how each activity at the Writer's Workout contributes to your ticket earnings. 

  • Side Quest explains the month-long adventure of words where you'll create stories to prompts up to four times a week. Every Sunday, post your favorite creation from the week in our forum. Most votes wins double tickets for that entry! 

To join the Writing Arcade, PRESS START.

The 500

Don't worry, the description, rules, and prompt are available on The 500 page!

The 500 runs monthly regardless of other community activities. The 500 is a single-prompt, 72-hour, peer-judgement competition that starts on the cusp of the 23rd every month. It's also a topics-related challenge designed to help you hone your skills and try things you learned during the monthly discussions in our Facebook group. It also offers an extremely tight word count limit, so your whole entry might be just one scene long!

Check The 500 competition page for rules and details on the next challenge. The 500 is not part of The Writer's Games.

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, like The 500, 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. 

Prompt Series

Still looking for 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!