“WriteIndia Writing Contest: When a Contest Sponsor Changes the Rules” by Victoria Strauss | 19th July, 2016 | Writer Beware.
“I harp a lot here on how important it is to read the fine print–in your publishing contract, on websites that host user content, in literary contests. Sure, it’s tedious, especially if couched in lengthy legalese–but skipping this step can result in unpleasant surprises.
What happens, though, if the contest sponsor changes its guidelines while the contest is still in progress?
Last year, the Times of India–one of the world’s largest English-language newspapers–launched the WriteIndia contest. Each month for eleven months, a well-known Indian writer provided a passage or a prompt for contest entrants to develop into a short story. Eleven winners were awarded a Kindle, attendance at an exclusive writing camp, and publication in a compilation of winners’ stories published by TOI’s publishing imprint, Times Group Books.
Major newspaper, eminent writers, publication–what’s not to like? Thousands of writers entered the contest. The final slate of winners was announced July 15 on Twitter…”