Here’s a literary contest that has always seemed doable: the Geist Magazine Literary Postcard Contest.
The gist of it: take a postcard, write a 500-word story about the picture on the front, and send it in with a cover letter and 20 bucks by December 31. In case you don’t win the top prize of $250 (that’s .50 a word for you mathemagicians), the $20 entry fee also nets you a one-year subscription to the quintessential Canadian literary magazine.
Full details are on the Geist website.
Sometimes you don’t need many words at all to tell a story with a postcard. For proof head on over to Post Secret, that crazy popular blog of postcards artfully altered to tell the deep dark secrets we all keep.