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The Writer's Games Official Rules were last updated:

February, 2019

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Writer's Games Official Rules


1. Registration is required in advance for participation in the Writer's Games. Registration periods for each Games portion end prior to the announcement of that portion's Practice Event. Anyone over 16 may register for either or both portions.

a. Membership in The Writer's Workout Facebook group is not required  for participation in the Games. The Facebook group offers the best (and fastest) access to judges, communication, and general community during Games participation and throughout the year. Events will be available via the Writer's Games page, Writer's Workout Page, Writer's Workout Facebook group, Writer's Games Twitter, and emailed by request.



2. Entries must be written during the Event time period and submitted to the judges before the deadline. Events will last 72 hours unless otherwise stated.

a. Entries must be submitted by email to submissions@writersworkout.net before Event deadline.

i. You may send your entry as an attachment or upload it to our DropBox using the app on the Games page. Accepted formats include: .doc, .docx, .odt. Links to Google Docs are accepted if submitted properly: please see Formatting for Google Docs for instructions.

ii. Late entries will not be accepted except under special, predetermined circumstances. If your entry will be late, contact the judges privately prior to the deadline.

iii. Entries with a timestamp marked before the deadline and received from registered participants are accepted. Entry receipts for DropBox users will be released after deadline. If you do not receive an entry receipt within an hour following the deadline, please email submissions@writersworkout.net.

iv. Entries are exclusive to The Writer's Games and participants are required to keep entries private for the duration of the portion. Following the final winner announcement and conclusion of that portion, entries placing sixth or below in any Event may be used as the author sees fit. The Writer's Workout maintains the rights to winning entries for one year.

b. Entries must be formatted using the Chicago Manual of Style with appropriate Title Information. Please see our Submissions page for details.

i. Failure to include proper Title Information as listed on the Submissions page for Writer's Games entries will result in entry disqualification.

c. There will be one entry per Event per person. No exceptions. You may resubmit a corrected entry provided your corrected entry still meets the deadline. If more than one entry is received by a person for one Event, the last entry received will be used for scoring.

d. Entries must be in English, complete stories, and original works of fiction. 

3. Exceptions will be discussed privately with judges.


4. Poetry is acceptable for all Events provided Event guidelines are met. Failure to meet guidelines, whether poetry or prose, will result in entry disqualification.



5. Entries are scored separately by each judge. The judges' scores are averaged to find the entry's Event Score. Event Scores for each participant are added to find that participant's Overall Score. Winner announcements occur after every Event and an Overall Winner is declared when the portion is complete. Please see our How It Works page for details.

a. No person may have access to the score sheet or numerical scores under any circumstances except in the instance of judgement.


6. In the event of a points tie for first place, there will be a Death Match. Rules for the Death Match and judgement thereof will be made public where applicable.



7. Any individual in violation of the rules will be disqualified from the Games and will be ineligible to compete for the remainder of the portion unless otherwise stated. Entry disqualification does not disqualify a participant from further participation in the portion.

a. Appeals to entry disqualification for challenge or concept requirements may be made at any time following the release of Event feedback. To appeal your entry disqualification, please email Theresa.Green@writersworkout.net with your request and  reasons for your appeal.

i. Entry disqualification due to missing or incorrect Title Information cannot be appealed.

b. If you are disqualified from the portion, you will receive a detailed explanation of your disqualification via the email address you used at registration. If you are unclear on the ruling after having read the explanation, you may request an appeal. Entry disqualification is released via Event feedback and does not prohibit further participation in the portion.

c. No Cheating.

i. Do not submit work that was not written by you alone during the 72-hour time period for that Event.

ii. Do not submit work that you alone did not create.

iii. Do not submit work created with discussion or help from outside sources. This competition is designed to test what you alone can achieve given a singular challenge and deadline.

iv. The judges reserve the right to perform random plagiarism checks without cause or notice.

d. No Spamming. Any person found spamming The Writer's Workout, disrespecting others, or otherwise behaving in a generally distasteful manner will be disqualified from Games for the year.

e. No Harassment. There will be no harassment of any kind. Any participant found harassing or bullying others will be disqualified for the year and permanently banned from the Writer's Workout community.

f. No fanfiction. Due to the potential for copyright infringement upon publication, fanfiction of any kind, including the genre known as Real Person Fiction (RPF), is not permitted for any Event.

8. The Writer's Games is an individual competition. Individual means you work by yourself. Teaming up with another individual for the Individual portion will result in disqualification from the Games for the year. This includes editors, beta readers, and test groups during any phase of the writing process before submission.

Tip: Try each Event. The goal of the Writer's Games is to help you improve and expand your own personal writing range. This is a fun, fast-paced competition to push writers toward quick improvement. The Events are designed to be utilized across most genres. If you don't try, you'll never know what you alone can do.

Rules may be subject to change, participants will be notified as needed.

May the words flow to your victory!

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