Two recent no-cost contest discoveries via CRWROPPS:
1) The Montana Festival of the Book invites submissions for its Happy Tales Literary Contest. From the guidelines: "Take any literary work with a sad, disturbing, or negative ending and supply a happy, affirmative, uplifting, humorous ending. The new ending must more or less parody the idiom, style, atmosphere, and so on, of the original." Prize includes $200 cash, the "Nahum Tate Cup," and possible reading at a public session of the Montana Festival of the Book, September 28-30, 2006, in Missoula, MT. "Winning entries will be weblished at the Festival website or published in other media." Deadline: September 18, 2006.
2) Co-sponsored by Green Mountain Power and Vermont Life, the Ralph Nading Hill, Jr. Literay Contest is open to any student or resident of Vermont. From the guidelines: "Submit your thoughts on 'Vermont, Its People, The Place, Its History, or Its Values' as an essay, short story, play or poem. Your entry must be 3,000 words or less." Unpublished work only. Prize includes $1,500 award. Deadline: November 15 (annual).