If you're looking for speculative writing contests to enter, here are a few hosted by Writer's Digest:
- WD Science Fiction Competition
- WD Thriller Suspense Competition
- WD Crime Writing Competition
- WD Horror Writing Competition
All four contests have the same guidelines and rules. They want short stories no more than 4000 words long, and the guidelines don't say anything about the stories having to be unpublished. First prize for each contest includes $500 cash, $100 off your next purchase at WritersDigestShop.com, and promotion in Writer's Digest. You'll also get a shot at the $2500 grand prize. The deadline for each contest is September 14th.
All of these contests have a $20 entry fee, which is very steep for a short story contest, but if you can win at least Honorable Mention in any of the contests, you'll receive a copy of the 2013 edition of Novel & Short Story Writer's Market ($29.99 list price).