I also don't enter any contest with an entry fee although I do know writer that do and that it worked well for them.
You decide how you want to play this one.
Here are a few contests:
- Carve Magazine - literary fiction - non-genre
- Random House - The Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers Contest
Random House is looking for the most original voices of the twentysomething generation,writing about their lives, their passions, their world. We will be publishing the best essays in a book titled Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers: The Best New Voices of 2006. There will be a grand prize of $20,000 to the top winner.
- Writers of the Future Contest - Genre Short Stories All types of science fiction, fantasy and horror with fantastic elements. Three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in U.S. dollars. The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1.
Judge: Bill Henderson, editor of Pushcart Press. Submissions accepted September 1, 2005 -- Sunday, January 1, 2006.
First Prize, $2000 Second Prize, $1000 Third Prize, $500 all finalists receive $100
Good luck!Categories: writing, contests