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Jay Lake
Date: 2008-06-16 15:27
Subject: [writing] Contest fraud
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Tags:publishing, writing

A lot of writers read this blog, so I definitely want to pass the word. There is a fraudulent contest invitation out there, alleging SFWA is paying cash prizes for short fiction by new authors. See here for the gory details.

Remember, folks, if it’s too good to be true, it probably ain’t. Also, SFWA doesn’t sponsor contests for new authors. More to the point, if they somehow did, it would be headlined on their site.

Meanwhile let’s hope SFWA can trace the scamsters through the “submission” address and give a kick in the nadgers.

Originally published at jlake.com. You can comment here or there.

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Morgan: elliot eye roll
User: subu
Date: 2008-06-16 22:50 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:elliot eye roll
SFWA said that he/she apologized...but I don't think that is enough. That's totally identity theft, a little more than an apology should be in order. There are ways to track this person down. I really hope no one fell for it.
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J.K.Richárd: WTF!?
User: neutronjockey
Date: 2008-06-17 01:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Yeah, intentionally doing something then saying, "my bad" doesn't make things better IMO.
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Ruthanne Reid
User: ruthannereid
Date: 2008-06-16 23:05 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Thank you for mentioning this! Yargh, I hope they nail these guys.
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User: kzmiller
Date: 2008-06-17 03:52 (UTC)
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Keep spreading the word, though. When last I read he pulled it off of Craigslist but not another list and he may still be posting in other places in the hopes of netting people under the radar, especially if thinks that an apology will be sufficient. He can claim, as other posts turn up, that he 'forgot' to take the ads down.

Also, this is yet another great reminder for writers to beware. There's lots of poopyheads out there and they love to use the web to net hopeful writers.
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