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 at an accelerated rate. ​Every accepted entry receives honest, unbiased feedback from multiple sources. 

To meet federal licensing regulations, we will reject religious, political, and erotic themes.

Staff is available in our Forum to answer your questions. 

Find submissions and formatting information below.

Events begin June 10/11.

This portion's sponsors:

Duotrope, Premier Literary Services, and Reedsy

Premier Literary Services
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Want to help? Donate here.

We appreciate your support! 

2022 Events & Winners

Individuals listed below will be featured in our anthology,

72 Hours of Insanity. Winners will be announced at the end of the competition.

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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

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.

Mock Events, 2022




Dialogue does more than express conversation: it helps show the characters' personalities without telling the reader who they are. For this Event, tell an entire story using only dialogue.


Core Concepts: dialogue, pacing



Send your entry in no more than 5,000 words by email to submissions@writersworkout.net OR upload your document through our DropBox before 12 am on the cusp of Tuesday, UTC. Remember to include your Title Information specifics: Name & Email, Title, Event Name, Word Count. May the words flow to your victory. 

Mock Events are just for fun. They're open to the public without registration and do not count toward the overall score. Entries received during the Mock Event period help us train the judges; writers receive feedback on their entries at the end of the competition. Feel free to ask questions in the forum

The winner of this Mock Event receives the Extended Critique package for free. 


Writer's Games, 2022



We made BIG changes this year

but all the things you love remain.

Click here to see the changes.

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If registration is full, add your name to our waiting list.

We'll let you know if a space becomes available. The waiting list is first come, first served.

We reject religious, political, and erotic themes.

Unsolicited entries are not accepted. 

Click here for how it works.

Please take a moment to thank and follow our sponsors on Twitter!

Duotrope: @duotrope

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Use our tools to your advantage! Check out the Event definition on our Tips & Events page.

Opt IN for emailed Event announcements here.

Opting in adds you to the Events mailing list only and does not secure registration.

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 submissions@writersworkout.net

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

Judges are available in the Forum to help you.

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.

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nonprofit organization.