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Kerry Taylor (KerryT2012) | 18 comments Hi,
I am interested in taking part in competitions, but to date all the ones I see are part of a scam and require payment.Can anyone recommend legite competitions and poetry workshops would love to attend.

Regards,

Sarwah


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Ruth | 5061 comments Many competitions are run by small poetry presses and journals. They often charge an entry fee because frankly, they need the money. Contests are one of the ways they can manage to stay in business.

Go duotrop.com, or Poets and Writers to find some legitimate contests.


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S.E. Ingraham (seingraham) | 108 comments Sarwah wrote: "Hi,
I am interested in taking part in competitions, but to date all the ones I see are part of a scam and require payment.Can anyone recommend legite competitions and poetry workshops would love to..."


also check out winningwriters.com - free contests ... they have a good listing and recommend those that are worth entering (they have a free listing (winningwriters - I mean - plus a paid service, which is quite reasonable but more extensive - I think it's about $8 every 4 months - I subscribe since I use it for a number of things but the non-paying service is also quite good - you could at least check it out)


Kerry Taylor (KerryT2012) | 18 comments Thank you for the information. Regards, Sarwah


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Arthur (poetryplus) sarwah,
this is not a competition,just good reading fun.
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Alyce Wilson (shantipoet) | 25 comments Ruth wrote: "Many competitions are run by small poetry presses and journals. They often charge an entry fee because frankly, they need the money. Contests are one of the ways they can manage to stay in business..."

Ruth is exactly right. My magazine, Wild Violet (http://www.wildviolet.net), runs annual poetry and fiction contests. We request a $5 entry fee, because that money funds the prizes. Most years, we barely break even!


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Louis Cecile (Louiville) I would recommend Forward Poetry they do many books showcasing talent.


message 8: by Diane (last edited Mar 13, 2013 09:23AM) (new)

Diane Kistner (dkistner1111) Sarwah, when you're considering submitting to a publisher or contest, keep in mind that (1) a lot of creativity is going on in publishing now and (2) there is no such thing as a free lunch.

Most of the reputable contests that pay prizes are going to have an entry fee. Sure, there are some in the free contests that are good, too, but you get what you pay for. Those that are run by endowed or grant-funded institutions are likely to have a higher quality of submissions and more prestige. I can't think of a single one, however, that doesn't also charge an entry fee. Some contests charge a fee but give all entrants a copy of the winning book. The important thing in evaluating "scams" is the reputation of the press, not the entry fee they may or may not charge.

When FutureCycle Press (www.futurecycle.org/) was doing an annual contest, even with an entry fee, we rarely took in enough to cover the cost of publication, the winning book to entrants, and the promised prize money. Since 2012, we've instead charged a smaller reading fee for all book manuscripts that we consider for publication throughout the year, publish as many good ones as we can, then judge the best we publish each year for the book prize. We are able to publish more quality book manuscripts this way, spread editorial assessment over a whole year instead of a frenzied little window that does not afford time for careful assessment, and at least compensate our judges with finished books.

Instead of offering a monetary award in a fixed amount, we pay an honorarium of 20% of all net royalties from books and ebooks we sell online in the year of the prize. (The 2012 winner received close to $700.) If we sell a lot of books, the honorarium is hefty; if we don't sell many books, not so much.

Our approach emphasizes a level of flexibility and quality that serves all of our authors well, not just one contest winner. It focuses on each writer's work and worthiness for publication on its own merits, not on one "winner" standing above a pack of "losers." It also encourages what is most important: a community of writers and readers buying, reading, and talking about good books.


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