I’ve got a whole process for putting submission dates into my Google Calendar because I have the memory of a sieve. If it’s not on my phone with an alarm, I will forget. Which sucks, but that’s smartphone addiction for you. I have the notification set for 1 week before, to give me time to revise whatever piece I planned to submit.
What I normally do is what I call “pre-research” publications: suss out their submissions page, see if they have a contest and get as much info as I can. If I think I have something in my wheelhouse that will vibe with them, I put it in my Calendar. If not, I move onto to the next. I have a template that I’ve modified as I’ve done this pre-research. If you’re a writer looking to submit, I suggest using it yourself, or modifying it to fit your needs:
In time, I hope to start posting writing contests that I think people might be interested in. If you have any to share, please let me know in the comments!