Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Budgeting for Contests

As we move deeper into contest season, I'm curious to know how much you are budgeting for contests. It seems that most contests these day require a $15-20 entrance fee. How do you determine which contests to go for? How do you decide which are worth your money? And are you submitting for contests now?


  1. I am waiting for the spring contests at GMU. Otherwise I am focused on sending out to publications. I don't have a lot of experience with contests, though--I'd like to hear what other people are doing. From what I gather it's good to go for a few--maybe one big one like the Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren contest, one smaller jackpot but relatively high profile like Zoetrope's (but the deadline on that one is like Monday, so hurry folks), and one kind of small one . . . (any ideas there?).

    There's my 3 dollars and loose change in the guitar case--I'd like to hear from others . . .

  2. I think I generally budget for two to three contests a season, depending on if I have work ready or not. And like dh, I look at trying for a big one (big in name and money, etc) and a small one from a journal I really like (Backwards City Review, for example).

    There are a few free ones out there two (free and legit I should say), but I'll post about those later.