See my latest roundup of fiction contests for Writer Unboxed:
This contest submissions season covers deadlines from March 1, 2022 through May 31, 2022. Spring is a great time to submit to literary journals associated with universities before the end of their semester. Response times may lag over the summer though and the pandemic continues to delay and cancel many past opportunities. Thanks to Literistic, Poets & Writers, Submittable Discover, and New Pages for many of these contests.
Much like editors are looking for reasons to reject work, I want to focus on opportunities worth my time. Thus, my list of writing contests below includes reasons to submit to that particular writing contest. May you find a promising opportunity among this list and spend less time searching for where to send your exceptional work.