It is the time of year when deadlines for a lot of writing contests start to creep up quickly. While you may think it’s crazy to pay money to submit work to a magazine that you can submit work to for free at any time of the year, there are benefits. A subscription to the magazine (which is usually offered with the entry fee) helps you keep on top of what’s getting published in them, and also helps support the magazine, which in turn supports writers.
Contests also provide DEADLINES, which are crucial for a lot of us who have trouble with self-discipline or over-analysis. (See also: "Dreaded Deadlines".) When a piece of work has to be completed before a determined date there is a real sense of motivating urgency you just can’t get from any internal pressure. And you might find that your editing process takes a much harder line when you know what you’re working on is going to be judged.
Here is a roundup of some of our favourite magazines’ current contests, and links to the details, in chronological order of their deadlines. Remember that if you are going to enter contests, read the magazine you are submitting to to get a feel for what they publish. You can find any of the following publications on the 4th floor of the Central library.
Please note that this is only small sample of the endless places for you to submit your work. A really good website to take a look at for other submission calls is [places for writers], which seems to have new postings every day.