Contest season is upon us. Here are three good contests (and two of them are free):
Balticon Poetry Contest - A speculative poetry contest with cash prizes of $100, $75, and $50, plus Balticon convention membership and publication in the convention souvenir book. Winners will also be invited to read at the convention. There is no entry fee, and each person can submit up to 3 poems (50 lines or less). Deadline is April 1st.
WRITERS' Journal Horror/Ghost Story Contest - An annual fiction competition for unpublished stories up to 2,000 words. The entry fee of $7 per story is a little high, but winning $250, $100 or $50 would certainly offset that. Winners will be published in the magazine, and the postmark deadline is March 30th.
True Vine Press 2009 Summer Chapbook Contest - The publishers of the haiku journal Wisteria want to see a collection of 8-12 haiku and/or senryu on the theme of summer. One lucky winner will get his or her chapbook published and receive $20 plus 20 copies of the book. There is no entry fee, and previously published poems are OK with acknowledgement. Last year's winner was Carolyn Hall (editor of Acorn) and her chapbook In and Out of Shadow is a great little collection that was very nicely produced. The deadline for this year's contest is March 30th.