WRITER'S GAMES 2022
Not your ordinary writing competition
The Writer's Workout is proud to present the
NINTH ANNUAL WRITER'S GAMES
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.
We are taking a break in 2023.
Check out our new competition, Fiction Potluck.
Read the Writer's Games Origin Story on the blog!
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!
2022 Events & Winners
The top five places in each Event will be featured in our anthology, 72 Hours of Insanity.
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
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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
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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.
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
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 email@example.com
OR use our DropBox by clicking "Add a file" above.
Judges are available in the Forum to help you.