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Writer's Games 2019

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Writer's Games 2018

After much inter-team conflict and entitlement, 2018 saw the last Teams portion for the foreseeable future. The Writer's Workout community focused on more positive things: TWO Individual portions in 2018! For the months of April and August, more than four hundred writers competed in the Individual Writer's Games. The Writer's Workout was thrilled for the support of For Reading Addicts and OmmWriter, who also provided outstanding prizes for our winners. Stacked with exciting new challenges, 72-hour weekly deadlines, and the introduction of the Extended Critique option, this year's Writer's Games was the most challenging to date. To see what goes into the production of just one portion of The Writer's Games, check out this document or visit our Donations page. You can find the winning entries in vols. 4 and 5 of our Games Anthologies

vol. 4, in eBook and Print.

vol. 5, in eBook and Print.

2018 Individual Portion 1 WINNERS:

3rd place: Cindy Morrison

2nd place: Jessica Morris-Reade

1st place: EJ Fowler

2018 Individual Portion 2 WINNERS: 

3rd place: K.M. Shapiro

2nd place: Paul Webb

1st place: L.S. Fellows

2018 Teams Portion WINNERS:
3rd place: SUblime SUperScribes

2nd place: The Red Herrings

1st place: Lexical Literati

Writer's Games 2017

2017 saw many positive changes to the Writer's Games: a separate Games Twitter account, site and Twitter Event announcements (in addition to the Facebook releases), definitions of Events, and core concepts to help writers understand what judges wanted to see. The writing community exploded with anticipation and excitement over our little contest. Within the first six days of open registration, 2017's total exceeded 2016. We blew past our stretch goal in the first two weeks and within three weeks of opening, we had to switch to a waiting list to ensure a consistent level of quality care for our participants. To accommodate as many writers as possible, we reopened our internship to new applicants—doubling our program and allowing us to accept the first one hundred of the 268 additional names on the waitlist. Three hundred writers competed in the Individual portion of Writer's Games 2017; our most successful event to date. With a second internship for the Teams portion, eight teams competed for victory. Writer's Games 2017 maintained the People's Choice Event, feedback for every entry, seven guest judges, and a break in the middle for Camp NaNoWriMo. The Writer's Games anthology published the top five weekly winners of the Individual portion and top three Teams portion weekly placements. You can read these winning stories from 2017 in volume 3 of 72 Hours of Insanity, available now in ebook and print

2017 Individual Portion WINNERS:

3rd place: C.H. Knyght

2nd place: Lauren Tetrick

1st place: EL Johnson

2017 Teams Portion WINNERS:
3rd place: The Red Herrings

2nd place: The Dark and Stormy Knights

1st place: Sneaky Little Scribes

Writer's Games 2016

When 2016 rolled around, The Writer's Workout was buzzing with anticipation of The Writer's Games. Writers encouraged their friends to join in the fun and the group doubled. Planning for the 2016 Writer's Games began in January with an internship for course credit open to college students. By the time registration opened, The Games were ready to go. The Individual portion saw 126 writers, seven guest judges, and a People's Choice Event.

The Writer's Workout took a break in July for Camp NaNoWriMo. The Games returned in August, where five teams tackled difficult Events focused on setting, point of view, and another People's Choice. Publication of the second Games Anthology set a tradition for future Games. You can read the winning stories from 2016 in volume 2 of the Games Anthology.

2016 Individual Portion WINNERS:

3rd place: EL Johnson

2nd place: Jennifer Worrell

1st place: Shannon Schuren

2016 Teams Portion WINNERS:
3rd place: Wolves

2nd place: Salty Seahorses

1st place: The Red Herrings

Writer's Games 2015

By the 2015 Games, The Writer's Workout was in full swing and judges had more than a minute to plan for what became the foundation of the Writer's Games today. The Individual portion came first in 2015, with 96 writers using every last second of their 72-hour time limit. Tensions were high as the Individual portion progressed, and amid the competitive nature of the writers involved, lasting friendships blossomed.

The Writer's Workout planned for a month-long break for Camp NaNoWriMo in July, and seven Teams of writers worked to produce incredible and varied short stories in just 72 hours. The 2015 Games also saw the first publication of winning entries, which you can read in volume 1 of the Games Anthology.

2015 Individual Portion WINNERS:

3rd place: EL Johnson

2nd place: Andrew Barber

1st place: Melanie Brooke

2015 Teams Portion WINNERS:
3rd place: Samurai's Word

2nd place: The Longest Night Watch

1st place: The Red Herrings

Writer's Games 2014

The first annual Writer's Games (originally dubbed the NaNoGames) were a 2014 experiment. 4 teams battled in what can only be referred to as an all-out war. With 48 hours to write, and 46 hours to judge, the Teams portion was a whirlwind of confusion. Both the judges and participants had only a moment to relax before 44 writers competed for the Individual portion and bragging rights. While the writing period was still just 48 short hours this first year, the judges wised up and set a schedule that would provide some consistency to the chaos.

2014 Individual Portion WINNERS:

3rd place: Melanie Brooke

2nd place: Alley Saltz

1st place: Seamus Harper

2014 Teams Portion WINNERS:
3rd place: Timelords

2nd place: Wolves

1st place: CAPSlock