Here is a list of upcoming 2012 writing contests that I recommend you enter quickly. A lot of writers don’t usually enter in many writing contests, but its publicity and prizes can help any sprouting, or professional writer gain more street cred. From Renee Gray-Wilburn, at awaywithwordswriting.wordpress.com:
I wouldn’t suggest entering every contest you come across, however. For one, there’s usually a price tag involved to enter, even though it’s typically small. Instead, pick and choose those that best fit your genre. If you’re a beginning writer, you’d also probably do better with a smaller contest where you’re not going to be up against thousands of entries.
I’ve chosen just a few writing contests on the short-term horizon for your perusal. In addition, at the bottom of this list are websites to bookmark for future reference, as they contain their own lists of contests held throughout the year. Pay attention to the deadlines, as most are fast approaching.
• CNW Publishing – Contests for fiction, nonfiction, children’s, and poetry; deadline for all entries: 3/15/12
• Athanatos Christian Ministries – Contests for Christian short stories and poetry; deadlines: 3/19/12
• Fish Publishing – Contests for fiction, poetry, and short memoirs; deadlines: 3/20/12 for fiction and 3/30/12 for poetry and memoirs
• Writer’s Digest – Contests in nearly every genre, including sci-fi, thriller, YA fiction, flash fiction, poetry, self-published books, and short stories; deadlines vary throughout the year. Also have one annual competition that also covers several different genres.
• American Christian Fiction Writers – Contests include 9 different fiction categories, such as YA, historical, and speculative; contests open in early January and close in early March
• Women on Writing – Quarterly contests for flash fiction; next deadline: 2/29/12
• Arts & Letters – Contests for fiction, drama, creative nonfiction, and poetry; deadlines: 2/28/12
• Summer Literary Seminars – Contests for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry; deadlines: 2/28/12
• FanStory – Continual contests throughout the year in various genres
• The NewPages Classifieds – Lists contests for magazines and books throughout the year
• Poets & Writers – Lists poetry and various writing contests throughout the year
Take advantage of these 2012 writing contests and have fun!