Yep, it's true... the new issue of paper wasp is out. No surprise that it's filled with high-quality haiku by Stanford M. Forrester, Mark Arvid White, and Bob Lucky, as well as a few poems by one of the editors, Katherine Samuelowicz. But it is surprising to find a haiku by speculative author Charles Gramlich nestled among the pages. If you've never read an issue of paper wasp, volume 14 number 3 is a good one to start with. You can order a sample copy from their website for only $8.00 (shipped from Australia).
Here are two contests currently being run by Fanstory.com, a site I know very little about, but it appears you have to be a member to enter their contests.
- Fanstory.com Haiku Poetry Contest: For this contest they're looking for traditional 5-7-5 haiku, one entry per person, with a $100 Visa gift card as the prize. Second and third place winners receive "member dollars." Deadline is October 14th.
- Fanstory.com Halloween Poetry Contest: This contest is for horror or thriller poems, also one entry per person with the same prizes. No line limit and the deadline for this one is October 31st.
The site says their standard membership is $2.80 a month, but there's some sort of free membership you can get, too -- not sure if that will allow you to enter any contests. But it looks like it could be a neat site. Check it out if you have time.
Also check out the current issue of Writers' Journal if you get a chance. It's got the three winning stories from this year's Horror/Ghost Story Contest, as well as details about upcoming contests. New this year is the Science Fiction/Fantasy Contest, which is open to entries ($7 entry fee) until November 30th. Top three prizes are $250/$100/$50. Submit unpublished stories up to 2000 words.