Julie B saw my post on another bit of the Community and suggested I copy it here too in case others find it useful. I hadn't realise this group exists. I'll be checking in here from now on. I was responding to Jo who wanted to know about how I find out about Competitions:
Hi Jo, well there are some that are famous - eg Mslexia (writing magazine for women) - they're currently doing comps for children's novels (written by older people I mean) plus short fiction and poetry I think. Then there other writing magazines which run comps, plus all of them mention other competitions too.
Sometimes one sees info on literature newsletters eg London Library had a comp recently to develop writers. There was also the Womens' Prize Discoveries comp - the prizes for those were writing development sessions for new-ish writers and support groups. Arvon has a newsletter which generally has an Opportunities section. That told me that Queen Mary College & Wasafiri Magazine has a comp on this month which I might have a go at. There are a number of short story prizes too.
The above are all in the UK but there are lots in the US - I sometimes borrow The Writer Magazine, that's from the US, as an emag (not sure if they call them that but I guess you know what I mean) from my local library - a member of the London Libraries Consortium, and there are lots of opportunities in that too.
I have been meaning to suggest that Jericho opens a forum where people can post info about comps and other opportunities that they've come across so that everyone can see them. I think it would help us all even if it does increase competition (if you see what I mean).
Before entering one, my tip is to think hard about the group/organisation running the comp and see if what you have fits their bill. These comps can be expensive to enter eg £20+ and you don't usually get feedback . The Cheshire Novel comp promised to give every entrant some this year, but I haven't had mine yet - there must have been loads of entries, especially with the promise to tell us a bit about what they thought of our writing.
Hope this helps and good luck