I realize that the deadline is very near, but Glimmer Train runs these types of contests many times each year, so if you are not ready this time, maybe next. Go to their web site and check them out for yourself.
GLIMMER TRAIN SHORT STORY AWARD for NEW WRITERS
Deadline: May 31, 2008
* 1st place wins $1,200, publication in Glimmer Train Stories, and 20 copies.
* 2nd-place: $500 and possible publication.
* 3rd-place: $300 and possible publication.
Reading fee: $15 per story.
To submit, go to www.glimmertrain. org, and click on the yellow submissions tab.
Results will be posted on August 31, 2008.
*Open only to writers whose fiction has not appeared in any print publication with a circulation over 5,000. (Entries, of course, must be unpublished. ) * Stories not to exceed 12,000 words.