Here's a cool concept for a competition from our friends at Glimmer Train. Their Best Start contest "is meant to encourage new writers to tackle that story!" Glimmer runs several contests a year but tends to stick with the tried and true. In this contest, they actually encourage submissions of your experimentation. I have several unusual beginnings in my Word files that haven't grown in months, so I figure, what have I got to lose. Well, it does cost $10 per submission and the prize is only $50, however 50 Best Starts will be chosen making your chances much better than the usual GT contests.
This is limited to new writers whose work has not appeared in a print publication with a circulation of more than 3000.
The current contest closes June 30.