Writing and Publishing

Contest Conundrum

I have paid to enter some contests. It’s okay when you win, but it’s a double hit when you don’t.

Contest Fees

I’ve paid from $1 to $20 to enter contests, and each time they gave a compelling reason why I needed to compensate them to consider my work. And each time I’ve felt duped afterward.

Going forward, the only reason I would pay to enter a contest was if I was going to receive feedback on my submission. So far, I’ve never seen this offered in the contests I’ve considered.

Beware Bogus Contests

Also, be aware there are some bogus contests, whose only purpose is to make money for the contest owner through the submission fees they charge. Research contests carefully and steer clear if you have concerns.

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2 replies on “Contest Conundrum”

I will pay a small fee to enter a contest if I know the organization. Living in a rural area, I have gotten to know the regional poetry groups and I know the bulk of their fees go to the prizes themselves. Recently I judged a contest and would have liked to give feedback. There were some good poems, but small errors took them out of the running against equally good poems. I was a volunteer judge. I also know that different judges have different criteria. Another judge for a related contest didn’t “worry” about punctuation or spelling hardly at all… But I do agree, take advantage of the free opportunities!

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