Short and sweet today -- two contests:
- Holidays Can Be Murder! Short Story Contest: Sponsored by Deadly Ink, this is a contest for holiday-themed stories with a "deadly incident" that must be solved. Apparently selected stories will be collected in an anthology, and profits will be donated to Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross. Stories must be unpublished and under 5,000 words. There is no entry fees, and there will be three prizes of $100, $50, and $25. Submission deadline is August 15th.
- Cyclamens and Swords Poetry Contest: This looks to be a pretty good contest. Poems of any style or subject can be submitted, as long as they're not longer than 30 lines. There is a $5 entry fee (for $10 you can submit three poems) but they'll accept previously published poems as well as poems being submitted to other contests, and the three top prizes are $300, $100, and $50. Winners and honorable mentions will be published in a chapbook, and all winners will receive a copy.
... and an anthology:
- The Bitter End: Tales of Nautical Terror: The editors are looking for scary stories with a nautical setting -- oceans, lakes, probably even a neighborhood pond. Stories should be 500-5,000 words long and unpublished. Payment for accepted stories is 1 cent per word, plus a copy of the anthology. Deadline is October 31st. Read the full writer's guidelines here.