Sunday, October 03, 2010

Writers' Union open a window of opportunity for beginning writers of prose

The Writers' Union of Canada has a slick little competition for beginning writers of prose: pay $25 per unpublished entry (up to 2,500 words) and stand the chance of wining $2,500 plus having your story submitted to three Canadian magazine publishers for consideration. The deadline is November 10. More details



Anonymous Anonymous said...

this union should be in govt. what a master cash grabber. first a cool 5 to 10 off the top from writers. now this. suppose just 500 kids do enter this. ka-ching. and how will this be judged?

another thing: there's nothing in this contest that speaks to rights. Weird.

next: the contest requires completed manuscripts that will be sent to three magazines. On this, point one: how can I, if I were an entrant to this contest, tailor a piece to a mag without knowing what it is about?
-and if I were an editor, why would I even come close to looking at a completed manuscript dropped over the transom?

Sorry for the negativity, but this seems poorly thought through for a group I thought would have done better with such a campaign.

1:00 am  
Blogger scribe said...

So-called writing contests that demand the writer pay a fee to enter are a scam. That this nonsense is being perpetuated by a group that purports to represent writers and to fight for their best interests is an abomination. I, for one, will never join such a misguided group. Those who are members should protest this development by quitting. It's bad enough publishers and others bully, abuse, and steal from writers but to have writers or their organization doing it to fellow writers is beyond the pale.

12:23 pm  

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