Here are a couple of fiction contests to start your week.
Winter 2010 24-Hour Short Story Contest
The WritersWeekly.com Winter 2010 24-Hour Short Story Contest is now open. The contest is limited to 500 entrants.
1st Place: $300
2nd Place: $250
3rd Place: $200
Entry fee: $5
Sign up here: http://www.writersweekly.com/misc/contest.html.
Writer's Digest 10th Annual Short Short Story Competition
1,500 words or less
Deadline: December 1, 2009.
1st Place: $3000
2nd Place: $1500
3rd Place: $500
4th - 10th Place: $100
11th - 25th Place: $50 gift certificate for Writer's Digest Books
The names and story titles of 1st - 10th Place winners will be printed in the May/June 2010 Writer's Digest, and winners will receive the 2010 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market and Agents, Editors, and You: The Insider's Guide to Getting Your Book Published. Plus, all 1st - 25th place winners will receive a free copy of the 10th Annual Writer's Digest Short Short Story Competition Collection.
To enter, go here.
There are so few markets for short fiction that contests can be a viable way to see how your work stacks up. Contests can also be rewarding.
Someone has to win, place, or show. That someone may be you, and that's a good philosophy to adopt.