If you enjoy writing, check out the Poets & Writers magazine's extensive database of writing contests at www.pw.org. The magazine continuously tracks writing contests and updates its database regularly. All sorts of genres and formats are represented, and potential prizes include anything and everything from cash awards, to travel and speaking opportunities, and from stays on college campuses to research and work with students, to publishing of your work.
Happy writing, and good luck!
Read my previous post about the many career opportunities that writing skills open up