Go anywhere on the web and you’ll see this warning:
Everybody’s BFF, “Preditors & Editors” http://pred-ed.com/, says:
“We strongly advise writers to enter only those contests without a fee. P&E does not recommend any contests with entry fees.”
http://thewritelife.com/ also pans fee-based contests, saying:
“…often a fee can be a red flag for a scam” and “you may want to… Continue reading
This April, I entered the 2013 OCC Orange Rose Contest. It offered comprehensive critiques by three judges and the possibility of moving on to a select group of publishers and agents. My head spun with visions of literary giants vying for my work.
I plugged away, writing a synopsis, and entered the contest just before the stroke of midnight deadline. And waited. By the second week in July (when winners would be announced), I hardly dared leave my house for fear of missing that life-changing email. And I waited. Finally, hearing nothing, I decided that my entry… Continue reading