Just wanted to alert you to the fast-approaching deadline for the Family Circle Fiction Contest. Deadline is August 31, 2008.
The contest for Short Stories (2500 word limit) is open to American Citizens, age 21 and up. First prize is $750.00 and publication in the magazine along with some other nice goodies. Prizes awarded to two runners-up also.
A lot of us write short stories because we get an idea that just drives us crazy until we get the story told. However, there's very little to do with short stories. There just aren't that many paying markets for short fiction. Contests are a good testing ground, a place where you can send that baby out into the world. That way, your writing has a chance albeit slim of finding publication.
We write so someone will read our words. Contests are one of the few ways left for short fiction to find an audience. Take a chance. Be brave. Submit.