Click on a contest, follow the instructions carefully, and put your work out there. You could win cash, trips, sessions with agents, and future writing assignments.
Guelph Mercury Christmas Short Story Contest–Submissions can be true stories or original works of fiction. Maximum length is 900 words. Entries can be emailed, faxed, mailed or dropped off at the newspaper. No entry fee.
December 25, 2013
The Open Heart Poetry Competition–Open to Canadians only. Poems must include a heart theme. $100 for the best poem, plus $100 to be donated to the author’s favourite charity. Entry fee is $5 for the first poem; additional poems are $1 each.
December 31, 2013
Freefall Annual Prose and Poetry Competition–$1700 in prize money. Entry fee is $21 and includes a one-year subscription to Freefall. Maximum 3000 words prose or 5 poems per entry.
Canadian Tales of the Fantastic Short Story Competition–Short stories must be between 1500 and 5000 words in length. All winning entries will be published by Red Tuque books in an upcoming anthology. Total prize money to be awarded is $1000. Entry fee is $15.
The Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction–Stories may be previously published or unpublished. Length should not exceed 10,000 words. Entry fee is $5, and authors may enter more than once.The editors will select a winner and nineteen additional finalists. The winner will receive $500 and publication in The Lascaux Review. All twenty stories will appear in The Lascaux Anthology.
Driftless Review Annual Flash Fiction Contest–Send up the three (3) short-short stories (less than 500 words) per submission, accompanied by a $15 reading fee. Winning entry will win $500. Winer and nine finalists will be published in 2014.
Chicken Soup for the Soul–The editors have many books in development and are adding new titles on a regular basis. Check this site for 2013 deadlines.
Writers of the Future Contest–Opportunities for new and amateur writers of short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee.
January 2, 2014
Fourth Annual Gemini Magazine Poetry Open Competition–Grand prize is $1000. Second place wins $100 and four honorable mentions will each receive $25. Entry fee is $5 for each batch of three poems. No restrictions on subject, style or length.
I am always on the lookout for new contests. Email me with information about your favorite contest.