Jason Evans at Clarity of Night is hosting the Uncovered Short Fiction Contest of 250 words or less. The deadline is Wednesday, July 28th. I have entered my short entitled: Synesthesia.
Glamour Magazine is having its Seventh Essay Writing Contest. Have an inspiring story about an inspiring event, an obstacle to overcome, that's defined you? Send it in! Deadline: September 15, 2010. Prizes: $5,000 and a meeting with a top, literary agent. Minimum 2,500 words, maximum 3,500 words. See website for details. No entry fee.
Real Simple Magazine's Life's Lessons Essay Contest wants you to answer this question in 1500 words or less: "I never thought I'd. . . " Deadline: September 24, 2010. Prize: $3,000. No entry fee.
So go for it.