Some Tips on Evaluating Literary Contests, by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware
She wrote: “Since I so often get questions about the legitimacy of literary contests, I thought it would be helpful to post some suggestions for evaluating any contests you may be thinking of entering.
Who’s conducting the contest? If it’s an organization, magazine, or publisher you don’t recognize, be sure to verify its legitimacy. If you can’t confirm this to your satisfaction–or if the contest doesn’t name its staff or sponsors–don’t enter.
You may have to do some digging–for instance, this contest, which on the surface looked like a collaboration between a writers’ magazine and a publisher, turned out on closer inspection to be one writer attempting to promote his self-publishing endeavor. Or another one, which appeared to have several sponsors but was actually all the same (less than reputable) company.”
The list goes on and on … read the whole blog post at Writer Beware
Bottom line: thoroughly research any contest you’re thinking of entering, always read the fine print.
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