When a Writing Contest Has a Hidden Agenda

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you may have guessed that I’m not a big fan of writing contests.

Partly this is because so many contests are a waste of time, with minimal prizes, negligible prestige, and zero cachet on your writing resume. Why not spend your energy on something that can get you closer to building a readership–submitting for publication, or publishing on your own if that’s what you want to do?

There’s also the risk of bad stuff [...]

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When a Writing Contest Has a Hidden Agenda

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware If you’ve been reading this blog for long, you may have guessed that I’m not a big fan of writing contests. Partly this is because so many contests are a waste of time, with minimal prizes, negligible pr… [...]

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Why You Can’t Always Trust the Source

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware Many writers assume that a literary agent’s inclusion in a market guide or listing–whether it’s a print book, such as Jeff Herman’s Guide, or a website, such as QueryTracker–is an imprimatur of reputabi… [...]

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New French Law Seizes Digital Rights

Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware The issue of orphan works–out of print, still-in-copyright books, films, photographs, etc. whose rightsholders can’t be found–is one that has been much in the news lately. Concern over a potential mon… [...]

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