I just received a newsletter about a contest for short stories and novels. The short story submission can be up to 3000 words, the entry fee is $24.00 per entry -- the winner will receive $4800.00. The novel must be at least 60,000 words, entry fee is $22.00 per submission. Novels chosen will win $800.00 plus the possibility of representation by a top literary agency. You can submit as many stories as you like. I am pondering, but, do not like the idea of paying money to win money. What do you think?
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Thank you, Jeb. I so agree -- paying to win something? Naught ah! Yes, your comment is of help and I appreciate your thoughts on the subject.
I get this newsletter monthly (for over a year now). They document everything and seem like a good organization. I just don't like the thought of paying to enter. I understand their POV, they have to get money from somewhere to pay out.
In that case, I'd go by how much they want to enter. I have a limit - if it costs more than 25 bucks, I'm not interested.
You have some great thoughts on this, Sage. The questions you bring up should be asked, I agree. Thank you, I appreciate your comment.
Thanks, M. T. Dremer. I have decided not to enter the contest, mainly because of what you say. The same thoughts have been going in my mind. Thanks for participating.
Thank you, Will. I appreciate your wise answer. Getting published is a very good thing to accomplish. You have a good way of looking at this. Congratulations on the wins, for you achieved the goal either way.
Very good points, backporchstories. Thank you.
Thanks for your answer, Amanda, I appreciate it.
not all are scams. You have to check them out. Writer's Digest is not a scam and most contests are fee based so that they can award prize money.
That is one of my thoughts also, Kevin. Plus, what if they used my story for their own purpose? They are a good company I believe, but, one never knows. Thanks for you opinion, I appreciate it.
I agree with Rachael, I would trust Writer's Digest and others which I know and trust - just not anonymous or unknown ones. (I should have said that in the first place.)
I agree with Rachel there are many bona fide competitions that charge a fee. Usually a small fee.
Thanks, Marie. I have a site bookmarked for submission of poetry at $5 per poem. I can't remember the name now -- I think it is New England Review.
Thanks, brutishspoon. I tend to agree with you on this.
Very good thoughts, Sheila. Thank you. I know some reputable places can be trusted and all works out well.