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VANITY ANTHOLOGIES

The Free Contest Scheme Pay to Play Anthologies Links The Free Contest Scheme In this version of the vanity anthology scheme, writers are targeted via a free contest. Here’s how it works. The anthology company announces a writing contest (announcements may appear in newspapers, writers’ magazines, sponsored search engine ads, and on the company’s website), […]

Pay to Play Anthologies

Vanity anthologies are a popular way for unscrupulous companies to make money on writers’ hunger for publication. By far the most common vanity anthology scheme is the free contest scheme, in which writers are enticed to enter poems or stories in a competition, and then pressured–though usually not required–to buy the anthologies in which their work appears.

Poetry.com Returns

Once upon a time, there was an infamous vanity anthology company called the International Library of Poetry, also known by the name of its website, Poetry.com.

OVERVIEW AND SITE MAP

What You’ll Find on This Website There are sharks in the literary waters. Deceptions abound, from fee-charging literary agents, to dishonest freelance editors, to fraudulent vanity publishers, to fake contests. Add to that the complications of copyright and the opportunism of the Internet, including the growing number of useless writers’ “services” and the hordes of […]

CONTESTS AND AWARDS

Contest and Award Fakes Contest and Award Profiteers Is It Worth It? Assessing Contests and Awards Links There are hundreds of literary contests and awards, online and off. Most are real; some are even prestigious. But many are either fake or pointless. And few are important enough to provide a meaningful addition to your writing […]

WRITER BEWARE®

About Us Mission Who we are, what we do, and why. Includes information on how to contact us. Overview and Site Map What you’ll find on the Writer Beware website, plus links to general resources about literary scams. Writer Beware® Alerts for Writers Contests and Awards Copyright Editors and Assessment Services Literary Agents Self-Publishing Small […]

Membership Requirements

Looking to become a member of SFWA? Take this easy questionnaire that will guide you through possible paths to membership and let you know if you are ready to join! Take Questionnaire Table of Contents Membership Types Active Members Associate Members Affiliate Members Institutional Members Estate Members Life Members Senior Members Family/Group Memberships Qualifications Paid […]