I came across some writing contests that might be of interest. The Writer magazine has a list that can be found here: http://www.writermag.com/writing-resources/contests/, and Writers of the Future has one listed here: http://www.writersofthefuture.com/contest-rules-writers/.
How much does it cost to publish a book?
Book Promotion.Com has a great article on how much it costs to self-publish a book. It's a must read for anyone considering going in this direction. http://www.bookpromotion.com/how-much-does-it-cost-to-self-publish-a-book/
*Originally posted on 5/20/13