Below are two contests for speculative fiction, each with a pretty nice cash prize:
- Liternational's The Santa Claws Contest (thanks to Ask Wendy for listing it): This contest is meant for "aspiring fiction and creative non-fiction writers who have not professionally published." There are several different categories: horror fiction (deadline: Oct. 1st), fantasy fiction (submissions accepted Oct. 15th to Dec. 1st), horror non-fiction (deadline: Oct. 1st), and holiday non-fiction (submissions accepted Oct. 15th to Dec. 1st). The word count for all categories is 1000 to 1500 words. Two $500 prizes and two $250 prizes will be given.
- Dark Tales Short Story Competition: Dark Tales regularly hosts fiction contests, and the current one closes Sept. 30th. Stories should be 5000 words or less and unpublished. The entry fee for non-subscribers is £3, but for £6 you can get a critique of your story. Three prizes of £500, £250, and £100 will be awarded, and other entrants whose stories are chosen for publication or the short list will be paid £5.