Writing contests can be a great way to earn some exposure or extra cash, but deadlines can often be hard to meet. Here are three ongoing contests with no set deadlines (and no entry fees) so you can enter at your leisure:
- Spinetinglers Short Story Competition: a monthly short story contest for dark fiction writers. Three prizes every month of £100, £50, and £25.
- L. Ron Hubbard's Writers of the Future Contest: a quarterly contest for writers who have not been "professionally published" (see rule #4 for clarification). Submit speculative stories up to 17,000 words for a crack at the three prizes of $1000, $750, and $500, plus an annual grand prize of $5000.
- Electric Dragon Cafe Short Story Contest: a themed quarterly writing contest for unpublished science fiction and fantasy stories. Top three prizes are a $25 Barnes & Noble or Borders gift certificate, a $10 gift certificate, and an Electric Dragon Cafe writing journal.
And, in the spirit of symmetry, here are three contests with those dreaded deadlines:
- Tiger's Eye Press Mid-Autumn Chapbook Contest: a poetry chapbook contest with a prize of publication, $100, and 25 copies of the chapbook. Submit only five poems with the entry fee of $10 by mail. Deadline is August 31st.
- The Esquire Fiction Contest: No entry fee and a hefty prize. Submit one story for a chance at a $2500 prize. Entries will be judged on a combination of literary merit and technical proficiency. Deadline is August 1st.
- The 13th Mainichi Haiku Contest: No cash prize for this one, but two winners will receive "certificates of merit and mementos." Deadline is August 31st.