In case you need to be side-tracked from the madness of pruned roses over at the New Voices website (for which entries are now closed), you can instead join in the madness of yet more contests ...
Nicola Marsh's Pitch Contest
USA Today bestselling author Nicola Marsh is running a contest on her blog this week. To enter, you need to have a completed novel or novella, and be able to write a one or two sentence pitch for your book. Entries close on Sunday 16th October.
What's the prize?
A critique of the first 5 pages of your manuscript not only by Nicola, but also by Liz Pelletier, senior editor and co-founder of Entangled Publishing.
Choc Lit Short Story Competition
UK-based publisher Choc Lit is running a contest for stories of up to 1,500 words, with a chocolate theme. Deadline is end of January 2012. There is a small entry fee. For more information, click here.