Welcome to Socialpolitan Fiction Writing Craft - Where Writers Meet and Hone Their Craft
The SFWC is a not-for-profit writers support group, organized to provide educational, networking, and marketing support for individuals interested in learning the craft and business of fiction writing.
I believe fiction writing is a Craft.
In the hands of a writer who has mastered the Craft, it can become more than that. It can become Art.
Art = Talent + Craft
But the bedrock is Craft. There are fundamental techniques to be studied, unfamiliar tools to be mastered, tricks of the trade to be learned. And it all takes time. Are you a fiction writer that's yet to be published? Maybe you're published but still need information about writing. Not sure how to format that manuscript or query letter? How about that synopsis? This community will showcase some of the best information for fiction writers from all over the net.
You have your inspiration, the seed of a story germinating in your mind. You are creating a new world from your imagination. You plan. You write. You realize that you know nothing about an important aspect of your character's life. You could write around that gap in your knowledge and hope you don't make any glaring errors, or you can do some research and fill that gap.
Discover the industry secrets and practical advice you need to become a successful fiction novelist. Find out how to get published and the easiest ways to break into writing. Creative fiction writing tips, articles, writing elements, free online writing portfolio, and much more. All genres welcome!
We welcome new members, both novice writers and professionals, as well as anyone in the publishing industry with a vested interest in nurturing the art of fiction writing.
"There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are." —W. Somerset Maugham
"Any man who keeps working is not a failure. He may not be a great writer, but if he applies the old-fashioned virtues of hard, constant labor, he'll eventually make some kind of career for himself as writer." —Ray Bradbury
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Fiction Writing Character Chart - A useful way to “learn” more about your characters is to fill out a character chart for each of them—at least for the more important ones. It’s a great deal more information than you will actually use in your novel, but it will help you as a writer to understand your characters more fully as people. With experience, you will be able to selectively fill out only those portions of the chart you feel will be pertinent to your character.
rnMost people read fiction not so much for plot as for company. In a good piece of fiction you can meet someone and get to know her in depth, or you can meet yourself, in disguise, and imaginatively live out and understand your passions. The writer William Sloan thinks it boils down to this: ‘‘Tell me about me. I want to be more alive. Give me me.’’ Source: Novakovich, J. ( 1995)Fiction Writer’s Workshop, C incinnati, Ohio: S tory Press,‘Character’, pp.48–66;‘Setting’, pp.25–42. http://socialpolitan.org/y/writersworkshop
— Do you want to get published? Do you want the world to know you are a winning writer? By entering one of the Writer’s Digest Writing Contests or Writing Competitions you can make these dreams come true! Writer’s Digest hosts fiction writing competitions, poetry writing competitions, short story competitions, screenwriting competitions, self-publishing competitions, creative writing contests and more. You could see your name in Writer’s Digest magazine, you could get the opportunity to meet with editors and agents, and you could win cash! Prizes vary depending on the writing competition you choose to enter.
By entering and winning a Writer’s Digest Competition, you can:
Get published. Your writing could be published in the pages of Writer’s Digest.
Get discovered. You could have the opportunity to meet with editors and agents at the Writer’s Digest Conference.
Get recognition. Winners are listed in the magazine, on our website and at the Writer’s Digest Conference.
Get feedback. Experts in the writing community will judge and provide feedback on your work.
Get cash. You can even win one of our cash prizes.
To receive occasional updates on deadlines, when winners are announced and other writing competition or writing contest information, sign-up for the Writer’s Digest Newsletter using the field below:
Self-Published eBook Awards
Writer’s Digest’s newest competition, the Self-Published eBook Awards, is now closed. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for self-published ebooks. Winners were notified by December 31, 2013. Top winners will appear in our May/June 2014 issue. All winners, including Honorable Mentions, will be posted on our website in April.
Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards
The Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards is now closed. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for poets. Winners were notified by December 31, 2013 and will appear in the July/August 2014 issue.
Short Short Story Writing Competition
The Writer’s Digest Short Short Short Story Writing Competition is now closed. The top 10 winners will be announced in the July/August 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine. The top 25 manuscript will be printed in a special competition collection*.
Pre-ordered copies of the 2012 Writer’s Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection mailed on June 18, 2013. It is available for purchase in our shop: writersdigestshop.com. Click here to purchase
Writer’s Digest 83rd Annual Writing Competition
The Writer’s Digest 83rd Annual Competition is now accepting entries. Winners will be announced in the December 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine AND the winner will be announced on the cover*.
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The Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
The 22nd Annual Self-Published Book Awards is now open. Winners will be announced in the March 2015 issue of Writer’s Digest Magazine.
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Writer’s Digest Science Fiction Competition
We are no longer accepting entries in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Science Fiction Category. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest.
Learn more about the Science Fiction competition
Writer’s Digest Thriller Competition
The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Thriller Category is now closed. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest.
Learn more about the Thriller competition
Writer’s Digest Young Adult Fiction Competition
The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Young Adult Fiction Category is now closed. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest.
Learn more about the Young Adult Fiction competition
Writer’s Digest Romance Competition
We are no longer accepting entries in the Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Romance Category. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest.
Learn more about the Romance competition
Writer’s Digest Crime Competition
The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Crime Category is now closed. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest.
Learn more about the Crime writing competition
Writer’s Digest Horror Competition
The Writer’s Digest Popular Fiction Awards Horror Competition is no longer accepting entries. Winners will be listed in the May/June 2014 issue of Writer’s Digest.
Learn more about the Horror writing competition
Your Story Competition
Every other month, Writer’s Digest will provide a short, open-ended prompt. Submit a short story of 750 words or fewer based on that prompt. The winner will receive publication in an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest.
Click here for details and to enter the Your Story Competition.
If you have any questions about entering our competitions or using the online entry system, please send an email to WritersDigestWritingCompetition@fwmedia.com. Please include the name of the competition in the subject line.
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