Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize Them and Why They Should Avoid Them – Writer Beware

On the ‘Writer Beware’ blog I found an interesting and educational blog post about ‘Award Profiteers’. The post was written by the ‘Writer Beware’ blog owner, author Victoria Strauss. I thought it was important and should be shared with my fellow writers.


Posted by Victoria Strauss for Writer Beware

Lately I’m seeing frequent ads on Facebook for high-entry fee literary awards, such as the International Book Awards ($89 per entry, though if you enter by April 30 you can get a special early bird rate of $69). It’s sponsored by American Book Fest (formerly known, at various times, as USA Book News, JPX Media, and i310 Media Group), which also runs the Best Book Awards, the Bookvana Awards, and the American Fiction Awards–all with the same huge entry fees.

I’ve also heard from a number of writers who’ve been directly solicited by a similar high-entry fee awards program, the Book Excellence Awards:

Legit awards don’t solicit, and they certainly don’t offer special sale prices (the pre-sale amount is a whopping $110). The Book Excellence Awards are run by Literary Excellence Incorporated, and as yet are the only awards program offered by that company–but I’m sure that will change. Profiteering awards often come in clusters.

So what is a profiteering award? Why are such awards a “beware”? Read on. What follows is a post I originally put online in 2015, but is still very relevant today. I’ve updated it to reflect changes in prices and details, and also to add some newer profiteers that have sprung up in the past few years.

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12 thoughts on “Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize Them and Why They Should Avoid Them – Writer Beware

  1. Poetry contests by non academic or non literary entities are also sort of scam. You win ! Everyone wins ! 500 entrants win !You do get published in the 500 poem anthology and naturally you’ll pay $60 for a copy and even buy a few more to give away to friends and relatives. No entry fee needed by publisher and they make big $ selling these anthologies.

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  2. If they charge a fee to enter … I don’t. I always thought what a good life I could lead if I started a “writing contest.” At $20.00 per entry, that’s a good living. There are so many people out there preying on writers. Beware, indeed.

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