I just stumbled upon a wonderful publishing contest for aspiring authors. The Missouri Review is currently holding its annual Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize. There are categories for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and a winner from each category will receive $5000. The deadline for submission is October 1.
If you have been holding on to a piece, this would be a great opportunity for you!
Contest rules and submission instructions can be found at http://www.missourireview.com/tmrsubmissions/editors-prize-contest/. That page also provides links to several previous winning pieces.
Best of luck to anyone who enters!