e_moon60 (e_moon60) wrote,
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It's a fake...warning for writers

SFWA is not running a writing contest.  SFWA isn't going to run a writing contest.  The contest described on Craigslist and FLiXER is a fake, a scam, intended to bring in money for the person who posted it.

http://accrispin.blogspot.com/2008/06/victoria-strauss-fake-contest-alert.html

If you've heard of this contest, were thinking of entering, or *have* entered...go read the WriterBeware blog entry on it at the above URL.  It's a fraud, a scam, a total 100% lie. 

You'd think such scams would be obvious even to the most eager not-yet-published writer, but they're not--wishful thinking can obscure the warning signs.   I was taken  in by a poetry contest while in high school--used up my allowance for a month for the entry fee without telling my mother, but she caught on when they wanted an incredibly high price for a copy of the book my poem was in.  

While SFWA tries to track down and deal with the person who perpetrated this scam, don't any of you fall for it.



Tags: scams, the writing life
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