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. 

Returning Gamers, please note Event announcements and judges are now available in our Forum. Judges are not available via social media. 

Submissions and formatting information is available below.

Check out our affiliates and sponsors here.

2020 Portion 1 

Overall Winners

Tenth Place: Sean Fallon

Ninth Place: Chrissie Rohrman

Eighth Place: K.M. Shapiro

Seventh Place: Pamela Hellig

Sixth Place: Lauren Sibley

Fifth Place: Amber Felt

Fourth Place: Harvey Brown

Third Place: Madeleine Pelletier

Second Place: Lisa Fox

First Place: Haley M. Hwang


Portion 1 Survey


Check out the discussion in our Forum.

Find submissions and formatting information below.

WW can only accept entries from registered participants received before the deadline in accepted file types. 

Registration for this portion is closed and will reopen in August for Portion 2.

Click here for how it works.

The judges thank you for not submitting erotica, religious, or political fiction. 

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.

2020, Portion 1

Individuals listed below will be featured in our anthology,

72 Hours of Insanity.

Event 1: Don't Look

5th Place: Melanie Talbot

4th Place: Josephine Queen

3rd Place: Andrea Goyan

2nd Place: Haley M. Hwang

1st Place: CE Snow

Event 2: World Building

5th place: Lisa Fox & Kathy Jeffords

4th place: Harvey Brown

3rd place: C Foley

2nd place: Haley M. Hwang

1st place: Lauren Sibley

Event 3: Just This Once

5th Place: Harvey Brown & Kim Hart

4th Place: Lisa Fox

2nd Place: Paul Attmere & Stuart Jenkins

1st Place: KM Shapiro

Event 4: Being Human

5th Place: Rachael Clarke

4th Place: CE Snow

2nd Place: Sean Fallon & Chrissie Rohrman

1st Place: Josephine Queen

Event 5: Cliche Story

5th Place: Mia Neishy

4th Place: Madeleine Pelletier

3rd Place: Peace Merab Nakiyemba

2nd Place: Jessica Wilcox

1st Place: Pamela Hellig

Reunite Wally with his shield! Register for Writer's Games and your entries will earn double their ticket value in May and September.

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 (this appears in all caps during the announcement)

Word Count


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


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.

Overall Winners, 2019

Portion 1

10th Place, Rowan Rook

9th Place, Freya Bell

8th Place, Mia Neishy

7th Place, Srivalli Rekha

6th Place, Maria L. Berg

5th Place, Belinda White

4th Place, EJ Fowler

3rd Place, A.B. Kelly

2nd Place, MM Schreier

1st Place, Anne Limbergh

Portion 2

10th Place, Mia Neishy

9th Place, Allison Rott

8th Place, Haley M Hwang

7th Place, Renee Boyer

6th Place, Srivalli Rekha

5th Place, Shelby Van Pelt

4th Place, Rachael Clarke

3rd Place, Janna Miller

2nd Place, R.H. Berry

1st Place, MM Schreier

Find out what goes into the production of one portion of The Writer's Games here and click the "Donate" button below. You can also check out our Donations page to find out how your donation supports this community.

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

nonprofit organization.


The Writer's Games is a global competition so all genres, skill levels, and backgrounds are welcome. May the words flow to your victory.

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The Writer's Games (originally dubbed the NaNoGames) were the brainchild of Heather Glomb. The first Games took place in May, 2014, and set out to encourage creative writing. When they finished, the writers wanted more, and this group was born.

Neither The Writer's Workout nor the Writer's Games is affiliated with NaNoWriMo or its parent company, The Office of Letters and Light (OLL). All profits from the sale of Writer's Games volumes is donated to OLL with permission from registered participants.

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