Here are several new contests I spotted:
The Writer 2011 short story contest:
“We’re looking for original fiction on any theme that is brilliant, bold, and concise (2000 word limit).”
Finalist judge: Michelle Wildgen – novelist and executive editor at Tin House.
Prizes: $1000, $300, $200. Entry fee, $10. Deadline April 30, 2011. Notification by Aug. 30.
The Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting competition:
Up to five, $30,000 fellowships for the year to be awarded to entrants who have not made more than $5000 writing for film or television. Looks like stiff competition (typically more than 3500 entries each year). Deadline, May 2. That’s obviously not enough time to start from scratch, but if you want to get a jump on next year, have a look. http://www.oscars.org/awards/nicholl/about/index.html
And finally, both last and least, here is the The ‘Write’ of Spring Tweet Writing Contest:
140 characters max, due April 24. Prizes include a year’s subscription to The Writer, a 10 week writing workshop, a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card, and as the notice says, bragging rights. The sample given, by Ana Maria Shua is really quite clever:
I have nothing against fried eggs. They’re the ones who look at me with amazement, terrified, wide-eyed.
Good luck, rev your engines, etc.