Second Star Magazine, a young adult fiction journal, is open to entries for its first annual flash fiction contest. Prize: Publication on website. Submit a short story of 950 words or less, using at least five words from a list of randomly generated words (nuclear, milky, angel, battleground, contortionist, daredevil, funnel, and pharoah. Bonus points for using all eight!). Deadline: July 24, 2016.
Room Magazine is looking for short stories, poems, essays, and art for issue 40.1. Theme: Food. Possible angles: eating for survival, remedy, comfort, adventures, nostalgia, growth, gathering, and love. Could relate to cooking, farming, hunger, consumption, digestion, eating, and not eating. No submission fee. Payment: $50+. Deadline: July 31, 2016.
Entries are invited for the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest. Top three winners receive publication on the contest website and private online mentoring sessions with contest judge, George Elliott Clarke (Canada’s Parliamentary Poet Laureate). No entry fee. Open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec. Deadline: June 1, 2016.