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#191087 - 10/05/09 02:51 PM Writing Contest
jawjaw Offline
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Registered: 07/02/03
Posts: 12025
Loc: Alabama
Do you enter them? And if so, which do you prefer:

fee-based entries?
no fee entries?

I'm curious and would love to know if you think your chances of winning are increased if you PAY to enter.

And too...what KIND of writing contest interest you most? List as many as you would like.

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#191096 - 10/05/09 03:51 PM Re: Writing Contest [Re: jawjaw]
Edelweiss3 Offline


Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 1758
Loc: American living in Germany
I've entered only no fee entries. I've won three contests, first prize...and NEVER recieved the prizes. (Other than the writing contest here at BWS, of course. Dotsie immediately sent me my prize, a t-shirt and a couple of books. :-)
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#191100 - 10/05/09 03:55 PM Re: Writing Contest [Re: Edelweiss3]
Dotsie Offline
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Registered: 07/09/08
Posts: 23647
Loc: Maryland
JJ, I don't think paying increases your chances of winning. I thinkk it narrows it down to the very serious writers (or the rich one, ha, never thought of that) and the competition might be tougher.
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#191151 - 10/05/09 08:34 PM Re: Writing Contest [Re: Dotsie]
chatty lady Offline
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Registered: 02/24/04
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Loc: Nevada
I sincerely doubt paying increases your chances of winning a contest because everyone else would also be paying to enter!

I enjoy:

Flash Fiction
Erotica
Psychological thrillers
Mysterys
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#191248 - 10/07/09 01:46 AM Re: Writing Contest [Re: chatty lady]
meredithbead Offline
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Registered: 07/07/03
Posts: 4894
Loc: Orange County, California
I have only entered no-fee so far. This is based on my budget more than anything else. I don't enter a contest unless it has a cash or other worthwhile reward.

People who are completely clueless about the quality of their work, are clueless regardless of whether the contest has a fee -- so the fee doesn't necessarily correlate with quality of entries received.

I've won contests in both poetry and short essay.
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#191273 - 10/07/09 10:16 AM Re: Writing Contest [Re: meredithbead]
jawjaw Offline
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Registered: 07/02/03
Posts: 12025
Loc: Alabama
EW---you never received your prizes? From THREE contests? Holy smokes! That is outrageous and those people should be exposed for possibly running a scam. By that I mean they gather all of these good pieces of work and then make it their own.

I would be an unhappy camper if that happened to me.

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#191288 - 10/07/09 02:34 PM Re: Writing Contest [Re: jawjaw]
Edelweiss3 Offline


Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 1758
Loc: American living in Germany
I meant I won three contests, and from those three, two of them didn't give me my earned first prize. One of them you even know. I have no scruple saying her name: Beverly Mahone.

I was supposed to win a free weekend at some hotel of my choice. And the second one was a poetry contest, which I'm sure was a huge scam. They told me to come pick up my prize
( I think it was a trophy), but I had to pay them ahead for my hotel and dinner costs...hahaha...

Beverly, wrote me a few times saying she wants to get behind why I am not getting the prize. Each time she was sooo surprised that I hadn't received anything. I just gave up. And yes, I was an unhappy camper about it.
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#191302 - 10/07/09 07:09 PM Re: Writing Contest [Re: Edelweiss3]
chatty lady Offline
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Registered: 02/24/04
Posts: 20267
Loc: Nevada
That just plain STINKS Edelweiss and you better believe the name of those scammers would be everywhere I could think of putting them. I almost entered Beverlys contest but something told me "NA!" My little voice saved me once again.
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#191334 - 10/08/09 05:08 AM Re: Writing Contest [Re: chatty lady]
diamond50 Offline
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Registered: 01/10/06
Posts: 991
Loc: Honolulu, Hawaii
I remember that lady, Beverly. I did NOT trust her from her very first post on this site.
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#191375 - 10/08/09 02:11 PM Re: Writing Contest [Re: diamond50]
Edelweiss3 Offline


Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 1758
Loc: American living in Germany
Funny, I thought the same thing, Diamond and Chatty. But I ignored my warning feelings. It was a lesson, that's for sure.
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