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Not your ordinary writing competition.

The Writer's Workout is proud to present the


The Writer's Games is a free competition designed to help each individual writer improve his or her craft fast. ​Every accepted entry receives honest, unbiased feedback from several judges. 

Writer's Games will return in 2024

Join us in Discord Sept 9 to help plan 2024.

Staff is available in our Forum to answer your questions. 

Find submissions and formatting information below.

Click here to see this year's changes.

See the Event winners below!

Read the Writer's Games Origin Story on the blog

Pick up past anthologies here

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2022 Events & Winners

The top five places in each Event will be featured in our anthology, 72 Hours of Insanity



Event 1: Challenge Accepted


Fifth Place: Josephine Queen
Fourth Place: Alyssa Beatty
Third Place: Moss A. Mars
Second Place: Ej Sidle
First Place: Juniper White

Honorable mentions: R.A. Clarke and Kimberly Richards



Event 2: Unlocked


Fifth Place: HKo
Fourth Place: Matthew Gregory
Third Place: Lisa Fox
Second Place: T.E. Bradford
First Place: Grace Quon

Honorable mentions: Josephine Queen and MM Schreier

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Overall Winners, 2022


Twentieth Place:  HKo
Nineteenth Place:  Karen Metcalf
Eighteenth Place:  Juniper White
Seventeenth Place:  Ella Moon
Sixteenth Place:  Oonagh McBride
Fifteenth Place:  Josephine Queen
Fourteenth Place:  Allison Rott
Thirteenth Place:  T.E. Bradford
Twelfth Place:  MM Schreier
Eleventh Place:  Lisa Fox

Tenth Place:  R.A. Clarke
Ninth Place:  Arden Ruth
Eighth Place:  Charlie Rogers
Seventh Place:  K.M. Shapiro
Sixth Place:  Kimberly Richards
Fifth Place:  Grace Quon
Fourth Place:  Ej Sidle
Third Place:  Moss A. Mars
Second Place:  Elizabeth Price
First Place:  Alyssa Beatty

We released feedback on August 7th to everyone who submitted.

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We reject religious, political, and erotic themes.

Unsolicited entries are not accepted. 

Click here for how it works.

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Event 3: Bizarre Bazaar


Fifth Place: Skye Crawford
Fourth Place: R.A. Clarke
Third Place: Grace Quon
Second Place: Ej Sidle
First Place: Kimberly Richards

Honorable mentions: T.E. Fahlstedt and C.A. Raine 



Event 4: Here Comes the Sun


Fifth Place: Elizabeth Price
Fourth Place: Arden Ruth
Third Place: Charlie Rogers
Second Place: MM Schreier
First Place: Amber Felt

Honorable mentions: KP Connelly and Heather Santo 



Event 5: Not the End


Fifth Place: JB Hansen & MM Schreier
Fourth Place: K.M. Shapiro
Third Place: Elizabeth Price
Second Place: Alison Thayer
First Place: Alyssa Beatty

Honorable mentions: Marie Price and Esther Lee Deitch 

Overall Winners, 2021

10th Place, Bridget Haug

9th Place, Ella Moon

8th Place, Toni Risson

7th Place, K.M. Shapiro

6th Place, Sarah Connell

5th Place, Fiona Donaldson

4th Place, Lisa Fox

3rd Place, JB Hansen

2nd Place, Teague LaBrosse

1st Place, MM Schreier

"It was amazing!"


The Writer's Workout is a global charity working to improve literacy through creative writing. We hold competitions, workshops, open calls, and discussions; provide motivation, tips, prompts, and giveaways; and offer a community rich in culture and skill. Check our donations page to learn more about how The Writer's Workout strengthens the writing community. 


Find out what goes into the production of one portion of The Writer's Games.

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

nonprofit organization.

The Writer's Games (originally dubbed the NaNoGames) was the brainchild of Heather Glomb. The first Games took place in May, 2014, with a goal to "just write". When the contest finished, writers wanted a stronger challenge and this group was born.

Submissions & Formatting

Entries must meet the following general formatting requirements:

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

Single spaced

1" empty margins on all four sides

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

Do not use the spacebar for indentations.

Blank line for scene breaks

Do not include a secondary title of your entry.


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


Title of Entry

Event Name 

Word Count


Entries not meeting the general formatting requirements lose points during judgement. Entries not including Title Information in the order listed above are disqualified.

These file types are accepted: .doc, .docx, .odt

Google Docs links must be set to "anyone with link can edit". Copy the link provided and paste it into an email. Do not attempt to add WW as an editor (Google permissions do not allow access through this method).


Email entries to

OR use our DropBox by clicking "Add a file" above.

Judges are available in the Forum to help you.

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