Writer's Digest May/June 2023 Digital Edition
The May/June 2023 issue of Writer’s Digest is all about “Keeping It Short” —short forms of writing, that is. This issue includes advice for writing flash fiction, personal essays, and some of the shortest—but most important—bits of writing you’ll do: loglines, elevator pitches, query pitches, synopses, and marketing copy. Plus, we feature the perennial favorite 25th Annual 101 Best Websites for Writers.
+ 25th Annual 101 Best Websites for Writers: In addition to a collection of genre-specific sites, places to research agents, find inspiration and writing advice, and learn the ins and outs of independent publishing, this ever-popular list now includes a section for writing short fiction! By Amy Jones, Moriah Richard, and Michael Woodson.
+ The WD Interview: Brandon Taylor: The bestselling (and Booker Prize-shortlisted) author discusses the interconnectedness of his work, the importance of short stories, and his latest release, The Late Americans. By Michael Woodson
+ Honing the Power of Suggestion With Flash Fiction: In short fiction, sometimes what’s implied can make a bigger statement than anything that’s overtly stated. The author of The Art of Brevity and founder of 100 Word Story offers tips for making the biggest impact with the fewest words. By Grant Faulkner
+ A Good Ending: Learn where a personal essay delivers its gift by focusing on the type of ending that best connects to your readers. By William Kenower
+ The Four Elements: Learn the difference between loglines, elevator pitches, query pitches, and a plot synopsis to make the best first impression with literary agents. By Amy Collins, literary agent at Talcott Notch
+ The 10th Annual WD Self-Published E-Book Awards: Susan Mattern author of the grand prize-winning memoir, Out of the Lion’s Den, about the far-reaching impacts of the day her daughter was attacked by a mountain lion, talks faith, creativity, and what she’s working on next. By Amy Jones
+ The 3rd Annual WD Personal Essay Awards: Toni Lepeska, the Writer’s Digest Third Annual Personal Essay Awards grand-prize winner, discusses the difference between journalism and essay writing, exploring grief, and raising the bar for yourself. By Moriah Richard
This issue also includes articles on the Oakland Library’s Collection of Lost Things, writing ratings and reviews, writing serial podcast scripts from the creators of “Old Gods of Appalachia,” tips for writing micro memoirs, editing to remove needless words, and how picture book illustrators do their jobs. Plus more from your favorite columns including Publishing Insights, Level Up Your Writing (Life), Building Better Worlds, Meet the Agent, Breaking In, and more.