Monthly Archives: December 2022

The Goldilocks Zone Contest Closing Soon

Inspired by the search for Goldilocks Zone planets, Sunspot Litis looking for one short story, CNF, artwork, poem, graphic novel, or script that combines excellence with appeal. Literary and genre works accepted; feedback available. Winner receives $200 plus publication. See guidelines for submission details. Closes December 19, 2022. Entry fee is $9.50. Enter through Sunspot’s Submittable form or Duotrope.


31st Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest

Call for entries: Best short story and best essay will be awarded $3,000 each and publication in the 31st annual Tom Howard/John H. Reid Fiction & Essay Contest from Winning Writers.

Along with the two First Prize winners, ten Honorable Mentions will also be published and receive $300 each.

This contest is co-sponsored by Duotrope. Winning Writers has been listed on Writer’s Digest’s Top 101 Websites for Writers in 2022.

Both published and unpublished work is accepted. Entry fee: $22. Length limit: 6,000 words. Our judge is Mina Manchester.

Winning Writers guarantee: We review every story and essay for eligibility and formatting before the judge’s reading period begins. We personally contact entrants if any corrections need to be made. A full refund is given in cases where an issue cannot be resolved.

The contest deadline is April 30, 2023. Find out more and submit your work at