I didn’t wind up entering the writing contest for the local-ish convention. And I’m not really sure I can narrow my reasons down to one, solid THIS is why. I mentioned that I was having qualms. I wasn’t crazy about the fact that just by entering/submitting you’re giving away the right to publish the story. (That would be a literal red flag on the Submission Grinder… or at least, a red warning box.) And I would have liked to see an announcement of who the special guests were, especially since they’re including admission to the convention in the prize package.
As an aside, I’d also like the prize to have a name. It’s just easier to say I won the Joe Smith prize. (That’s a quiet little grumble. It’s not a part of the decision making process.)
Anyway, I wouldn’t have been able to pin down just one reason. It was more of a cumulative thing.
Either way… It turns out I’m glad that I didn’t enter.
The deadline to enter zipped by, and I’m still waiting to hear who the special guests are. And I don’t think the problem is that they’re such big-name stars that they don’t have their own schedules until a week before. (Yes, one of my friends started spouting off the names of the main cast of Star Trek. No, I don’t think that’s going to happen.)
And the most recent update? Just a few days ago? (Less than a month before the actual show up type date for the convention?) They were asking for applications to put on presentations at the convention. Applications are still open.
I’m curious how it works out.