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Not your ordinary writing competition.


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 returns in 2024!

Read the update email

Check this year's changes

Join us on Discord

Read the Rules


2024 Important Dates:

April 1 — early registration (earned access only)

April 19 & 26 — Mock Events 1 & 2 


June 14 — Practice Event



Welcome Letter



Theresa is available via email and Discord to answer your questions. Registration is required for participation; registration opens May 1.

Sign up for emailed Event announcements here.

Find submissions and formatting information below.



Read the Writer's Games Origin Story on the blog


Pick up past anthologies here




2024 Events & Winners

The top five places in each Event will be featured in 

72 Hours of Insanity, vol. 12

Honorable mention entries will not be published

but author names will be included in the anthology.



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Event 1: TBA

June 21

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Fourth Place

Fifth Place


Honorable mentions: 

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Event 2: TBA

June 28

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Fourth Place

Fifth Place


Honorable mentions: 

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Core Concepts:

description, tropes


A child's imagination is a powerful tool. For this Event, access your inner child and write a story for children that targets the specified age group.
Chapbooks; children aged 6-9


Anyone may submit a single entry up to 4,000 words by Dropbox or email before 12am on the cusp of Tuesday, UTC.


Title Information must include your email address if you want feedback. Please see the submissions guidelines below.


In honor of our tenth year, we're looking back to our first ever Games in 2014 for this year's Mock Events. 




Check out what we offer.

We appreciate your support! 


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We reject religious, political, and erotic themes. Fanfiction and AI-copied content are not accepted.

All participants must be registered.

Click here for how it works.

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Opting in adds you to the Writer's Games mailing list only;

it does not secure registration.

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Event 3: TBA

July 5

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Fourth Place

Fifth Place


Honorable mentions: 

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Event 4: TBA

July 12

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Fourth Place

Fifth Place


Honorable mentions: 

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Event 5: TBA

July 19

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

Fourth Place

Fifth Place


Honorable mentions: 

What people say about Writer's Games:


"The Writer’s Games is by far the best thing I’ve ever done to get back into writing. I was looking for an opportunity to write more often, and The Writer’s Games offered that and so much more."

Submissions & Formatting

All entries must follow these submissions guidelines. During Games, we deduct points for incorrect formatting because many publications reject incorrectly formatted submissions without informing you. 

All Practice Event entries receive formatting notes to help you keep your points during scored Events.

  • Arial or Times New Roman, size 10 or 12pt, black

  • Single spaced

  • 1" empty margins on all four sides

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

Please do not use the spacebar to indent

  • Empty line for scene breaks



Entries must include the proper Title Information at the start of the document, aligned left. Please do not add your Title Info to the header margin.

Name or Pseudonym

Title of Entry

Event Name 

Word Count



Entries without these four lines in this order in your document will be disqualified from the Event but the writer is still eligible to compete and win. Learn more about what this means on the Games FAQ. Please note the email address is not required for Writer's Games entries.

Accepted file types: .doc, .docx, .odt

Live, unlocked Google Docs or Microsoft Word links are accepted via email (submissions [at] Set your document permissions to "anyone with the link can [comment or edit]" so we can collect it. We will not request access and we are not responsible for locked docs.


Email entries to submissions [at]

OR use our DropBox.

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. 



Learn what it takes to produce one portion of The Writer's Games.


The Writer's Workout is a registered

501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

run by volunteers.


The idea for The Writer's Games (originally dubbed the NaNoGames) came from 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 organization was born.

Read about the first Games here.


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