You always need to be careful when entering your writing into a contest or any sort of submission situation. But when it comes to figuring out which contests may be scams, why not take advantage of other writers’ past experience and existing knowledge — especially when they are so willing to give it?
Winning Writers has put together a list on their website detailing shady contests that writers may want to avoid.
Contests to Avoid explains: “We suggest you avoid the following contests and organizations. Many appear to be disguised vanity publishers, whose goal is to sell you expensive personalized products and attract you to conferences. Others may charge you membership or service fees for which the benefits are questionable, or which can be obtained elsewhere for free. Winning prizes from these organizations will add little to your resume, and may even make you look amateurish to publishers and other poets.”
Take a look at the full list here.
If you’re new to submitting your writing to contests or are unsure if they’re right for you, be sure to check out our post Reasons Why You Should (and Shouldn’t) Enter Writing Contests and 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Enter a Contest.