Extract from Published to Death site:
The end of the year is always marked by a substantial number of writing contests.
This December there are dozens of poetry, short story, essay, and full manuscript contests for every genre and style.
Some of the prizes are substantial. None of these contests charge entry fees.
Some of these contests have age and regional restrictions, so be sure to check submission guidelines before submitting.
Many contests are annual, so if you miss your ideal contest this year, you can always enter next year.
For the list of 61 free contests see: