I posted the Amazon writing contest information because this seemed like a decent contest: no entry fee, and some reasonable exposure for the winner. Also, because I need challenges and goals (DEADLINES) to keep me going even though the chances of winning something like that are pretty slim, I still think it’s worthwhile to take part in it.
But the contests where you have to pay an entry fee — especially a hefty one — really bother me. I just got an email from Writer’s Digest ‘inviting’ me to enter their 2010 Self-Published Book Award Competition. It costs $125.00 to enter!
I don’t know about you, but I think that is a lot of moolah to enter a contest, especially one where the ‘grand’ prize is 3 grand. I understand there are administrative and judging costs to contests, but this sounds pretty steep to me.
Now, I haven’t gotten to the point in my novel writing where I have anything ready to submit anywhere, not to contests or publishers or agents, so I’m running blind here — but still. Anyone else think 125 bucks just to enter a contest is a lot of money?
Anyone with more experience have anything to say? Do you get enough exposure just by entering something like this to make it worth dishing out that much money? I’m sure not getting rich off writing this blog or any of my fiction (dream on) — but I’d love some answers or thoughts on the payback value of entering expensive contests — whether or not you end up winning. Thanks!