There haven't been many free entry writing competitions lately. Either that or I've not been very good at finding them. I did spot these two though.
Secret Attic have a free to enter short story competition. There's no theme and you can even submit previously published stories. Maximum word count is 1,500. All selected stories will be published in a booklet which will be available as a hard copy and online. The best story wins a £20 Amazon voucher and hard copy of the booklet. Other contributors will receive a pdf copy.
There is a theme of family for this poetry competition. The first prize is £150 and a 'large large, bespoke commemorative plate'.
Family is also the theme of my latest short story collections, Happy Families.
Thanks to Alyson for the link to this competition. On the Premises are offering $35 for a story of 25 to 50 words. That's a heck of a rate per word!