For contests, I primarily go to Mary Anne Hahn at Write Success.
I get a weekly email on writing contest news. I sort through the list and see if anything interests me. Some week several contests jump out at me.
A recent post included this contest:
2011 Family Circle Fiction ContestAuthors are asked to submit an original fiction short story of no more than 2,500 words.Mary Anne lists a wide variety of contests — here and abroad. According to her About WriteSuccess page, her WriteSuccess site has an audience in the U.S., Canada, France, the UK and Australia.
Prizes: 1st: $750; 2nd & 3rd: $250. Winners receive prize packages including mediabistro.com memberships.
Deadline: September 16, 2011
When submitting your work, be sure to read the contest rules. Some have fees. Others don't. Some want rights for a one time use. Others ask for a lot more. If you aren't comfortable with a contest's rule, go with your gut and don't submit.
If you aren't interested in contests, the list might spark a new story idea. I randomly will write short, short stories about an organization or topic I find through this list.
Mary Anne is on Twitter at @WriteSuccess. Her Twitter bio also mentions she is founder of the International Association of Professional Ghost Writers.
What's your go-to list for contests or publications seeking submissions?