Contests are a great way to "play" with your writing. You can try new genres, stretch your imagaination and just have fun. Sometimes you can even win a couple bucks. So, give these a try.
First, a contest sponsored by The Writer magazine. This one has a $10 entry fee but first prize is $1,000 and publication.
Deadly Ink also has a contest. No entry fee but the "deadly incident" must take place in New Jersey.
Golden Visions Magazine has a nifty contest too. They are a speculative fiction publisher but as long as your story has a spec. fic. nature, it can be mystery or even horror. Be sure to read the guidelines as there is a theme to this one. And, while you're there, read my story Prey, and give it a vote if you enjoy it. Thanks!
The Verb has a quarterly prompt based contest. I really like this one:-)
Again, be sure to read the guidelines.
One of the blogs I read on a regular basis is Hey, There's a Dead Guy in the Living Room. I heartily recommend you check it out. One of the regular contributors is Jeff Cohen. I stole his YouTube video and posted it here for your enjoyment.
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