December 31, 2012, is the deadline for two Wolfsinger Publications anthologies — Different Dragons and Tails from the Front Line. See the Wolfsinger site for details.
December 31, 2012, is the last day to join the World Science Fiction Society by joining LoneStarCon 3, before the rates go up. In addition, nominations for Hugo Awards begin in January.
December 31, 2012, is the last day to use Duotrope.com for free. Duotrope becomes a pay site on January 1, 2013. Duotrope says don’t panic if you do not activate your account “on time.” The account will still be there.
January 1, 2013, 5:00 p.m. PST, is the deadline for the Yosemite Romance Writers Smooch Contest — a first-kiss-scene contest for RWA members who are unpublished in book-length fiction.
January 2, 2013, 5:00 p.m. CST, is the deadline for the RWA Golden Heart Contest for unpublished RWA members — this contest has tremendous synergy with the YRW Smooch.
Have a Happy New Year and a Wonderful 2013.