Winning Writers is a free community for poets and writers that distributes resources and shares writing contests in diverse genres.

The community aims to be a safe, inclusive place for all writers. It encourages high-quality and original content creation Indeed, according to Writer's Digest, Winning Writers is one of the "101 Best Websites for Writers".

On the one hand, you can subscribe for free to the community's newsletter. As a result, you will receive monthly emails with new resources and contest opportunities.

If you are interested in participating in a contest, you may visit "The Best Free Literary Contests" section. There are around 200 excellent free writing contests. You can look for the contest that best fits you according to the genre you work with and your past experience as a writer.

On the other hand, there are contests hosted by Winning Writers each year. The contests focus on different types of writing: poetry, fiction and essays, books, and humor poetry.

Among the available resources, the community offers magazines, advice for writers, literary forums, contests, and critiques. You can submit your work and ask for an expert critique for $22-$180 depending on the text type.

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  • Membership: Free Community
  • Year Founded: 2001
  • Founders:

    Jendi Reiter and Adam Cohen

  • Amount of members: 13,900
  • Online Group: No
  • Job board: No
  • Language: English
  • Method: Virtual


Identify the best contests:
Through the community's monthly newsletter, you will be able to receive the best contest opportunities. The community's founders suggest options according to the writers' level and experience.

Ask for a critique:
The community offers critiques given by experts, with a fixed fee ($22-$180) depending on the type of text sent. You will receive a clearly structured critique of 500 to 1000 words.

Find resources:
Winning Writers gives advice for writers at all stages and from diverse genres. Besides the weekly newsletter, there are magazines, literary forums, and book recommendations on the website.


No requirements.


Networking Events

Members interact through a subreddit created by the founders. It's called r/literary contests. Additionally, members keep track of updates through the community's newsletter and social media accounts.

Content Library

On the community's website, there is a section dedicated to resources. It includes advice for diverse types of writers as well as fiction and non-fiction book recommendations.

There are also literary forums that you can filter by over 50 categories. Besides, members can find magazines and literary journals. Other sections filled with resources are markets and contests for writers, poetry critiques, resources for students and educators, and scam busting.

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