While I've lived in Florida most of my life I'm actually a native of Baltimore, so I thought I'd give a nod to my birthplace by posting this writing contest for Maryland residents:
"To promote the creation of quality genre literature in the state of Maryland, we're holding the annual Baltimore Science Fiction Society Amateur Writing Contest and encouraging everyone to enter. Anything that falls into the "speculative fiction" genre--science fiction in all its forms and fantasy in all its forms. Urban fantasy, hard science fiction, dark fantasy, it all counts. That is to say, the work must have a speculative element." Length: 1-5.5K; Prizes: "1st place is $250; 2nd place is $100; 3rd place is $50. 1st place winner will be published in the BSFSFan (our convention guide at Balticon) and invited to Balticon to do a reading of either a selection of their winning story or the entire story (depending on length and the availability of time and the wishes of the winner). The top five entries will all receive free memberships to Balticon." See contest page for more details, deadline: "The 2014 BSFS Amateur Writing Contest will begin accepting submissions April 1, 2014, and close June 15."