So I’m trying. Here are a few literary contests I’ll be submitting work to in the next few months. I’ll probably be adding on to this post later. I found these on the deadlines section of Poets and Writers, here. They’re arranged by reading fees and deadline:
No Reading Fee Contests:
No reading fee – submissions of 4,000 words or less based on these pre-selected titles:
2. “An Insurrection”
3. “Never, Ever Bring This Up Again” (this reminds me of DFW’s “A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again”)
Deadline: August 1st
No reading fee, online submission system – 10,000 word limit or 5 poems
Deadline: August 15th
Contests with Reading Fees:
$10 reading fee for up to 3 pieces, $15 for 6 – paper submissions only. 2,000 word limit.
Deadline: June 30th postmark
$20 reading fee – 15,000 word limit for fiction/nonfiction
Deadline: July 31st
$20 per piece reading fee – paper submissions only. 10,000 word limit.
Deadline: September 1st
$10 reading fee for one piece, $15 for two – paper submissions only. 6,000 world limit.
Deadline: September 15th postmark