Category «Competitions»

Who’s really taking liberties in Ireland?

The news that an Irish publisher has begun to charge 100 Euro for any unagented submission of a manuscript for potential publication has been met with anger among some writers and writing groups. Writer Susan Tomaselli, editor of Gorse Journal, suggested it was “taking the piss“. A Twitter exchange initiated by Author Oisin McGann revealed …

The comp’s a con (Mistake #97)

So, the following tweet caught my eye the other week … … and I found it pretty cynical and depressing. I have judged a writing competition, for The New Writer, and I can assure you I did not choose the winners by means of a lottery. I spent a number of evenings reading the shortlisted …

Where there’s a Bill… (Mistake #67)

I’ve written before about writing competitions of which I disapprove. You’ll find some background at the Copyright page on my blog. And as I said last year, it’s a mistake not to read terms and conditions. So here we go with another, this one from Cornish Traditional Cottages, who are inviting short articles for their …

Competition guidelines? Pah! (Mistake #64)

I’ve just administered a modest little online competition on behalf of one of my clients. It was not a writing competition or related to the publishing business in any way; it was a simple prize giveaway for subscribers of a newsletter. Three things were asked of entrants: 1. To answer a simple question. 2. To …

Not reading the T&Cs (Mistake #43)

They’re boring, aren’t they, the terms and conditions to writing competitions. Life’s too short to read them, really. It’s time wasted that could be directed towards writing. They’re written in legalese, and that’s impenetrable, isn’t it. Bi-ig yawn. And they can’t be that bad, anyway. You’re not going to be asked to sign away a …

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