ASF has glimpsed that rare creature—a free contest worth entering. Actually, we’ve spotted a half dozen.
There’s David Letterman’s Top 10 List, for which you can win a somewhat useful prize if your joke makes it into Dave’s list. Enter weekly.
The Greensboro Review‘s Robert Watson Literary Prize for fiction is worth $500 and publication. Deadline: September 15. 7,500 words max. See submission guidelines and mailing address.
The Iowa Short Fiction Award and the John Simmons Short Fiction Award: writers who have not yet published a book of prose fiction are eligible. Postmark entries between August 1 and September 30. Winning manuscripts will be published by University of Iowa Press. See site for full details.
Memoir (and)‘s 6th contest open to prose, graphic novel, and more. Deadline: August 15. Grand prize for fiction: $500, publication, and copies. See submission guidelines. Bonus: even if your entry doesn’t win, it’ll be considered for regular publication.
Review Fuse’s Flash Fiction Writing Contest is open to international entries. Winner takes away $100. While the contest doesn’t cost anything, Review Fuse operates partly as a peer review site, which means to qualify for the prize, you must submit and critique three other writers’ 1,000-word pieces on the site by July 31.
If you win any of these contests, let us know.
Know of any other free contests? Let ASF readers know in the comments section.