Christmas can be a time of joy, tinsel and even dread. Apex Magazine is running is Merry Little Apex Christmas Flash Fiction contest and is looking for short stories about Christmas with a dark science fiction, horror or fantasy slant.
Entries are due by December 16; short stories should be 250 words or less. You can find all the submission details and guidelines here.
The fifth annual Saints and Sinners Short Fiction Contest is now accepting submissions.
Submit a previously unpublished story between 5,000 and 7,000 words that contains LGBT content on the loose theme of Saints and Sinners, and you could win up to $250. Rules and submission guidelines (please note it is $15 per entry) are located here. The deadline for entries is December 23, 2013.
Be a little weird.
That’s the advice for writers who want to submit an essay, short story, poem or other work to the Mona Schreiber humor contest. Works should be less than 750 words in length, and there is a $5 entry fee per entry.
Submissions are accepted starting December 1, 2013. Details are here.
Tell the world your story. If you were born before Dec. 31, 1964, you can enter The Huffington Post and AARP’s memoir contest. Winners could win $5,000 and have their work considered for publication by Simon & Schuster. Submissions are accepted starting December 1, 2013. You can find the full rules and details of the contest here.
The J.F. Powers Prize for short fiction is challenging talented writers to submit a work of 8,000 words or less that contains vivid characters who encounter grace in everyday settings – the people who may have one foot in this world and one in the next. Entries are due November 29, 2013, and you can find the submission guidelines here.