The International Chili Society (the official newsletter of, well, the International Chili Society) is required reading for serious chili contest hopefuls. A recent issue listed 34 cookoffs in California alone, plus chatty reports on recent chili contests all around the country and a full-page ad for Pepto-Bismol. (Plus a serious note on how to distinguish between heartburn and heart attack.)
A $25 year's membership in the society includes a subscription: P.O. Box 2966, Newport Beach, Calif. 92663.