It seems we're right in the middle of writing contest season. Here are a poetry contest and a short story contest you might find worth entering:
2008 San Francisco International Competition for Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Rengay - Sponsored by the Haiku Poets of Northern California, this contest pays $100 to the top poem in each of the four categories. In addition, for the haiku and rengay categories, there will be a second and third prize of $50 and $25, respectively. Entries are $5 per rengay or $1 for each entry in the other three categories. Get cracking, because the deadline for haiku, senryu, and tanka is October 31st. (November 30th for rengay.)
Oceanview Publishing's Short Story Contest - No entry fee for this one, and they're looking for stories that "might even be a little twisted." Submit unpublished stories (1000 to 5000 words) by email before the November 17th deadline. Prizes are $250 cash plus $150 in Oceanview books for the winner, and $100 plus $150 in Oceanview books for two finalists.
In market news, OG's Speculative Fiction has recently raised its pay rates: $35 for short stories and $10 for poems (on acceptance). Not bad at all.
For your reading pleasure, author Charles Gramlich has started something he calls "Halloween Horror October," and he has posted the first of what I hope will be many short horror stories on his blog, Razored Zen.