Just a quick note as some of you have asked about paying fees for entering literary contests.
Yes, in the old days, paying fees to enter would’ve been a sure sign of a scam. (And it’s still absolutely verboten for a legitimate literary agent to require a reading fee!) But in the contest world, things have changed a bit. Check out this article Literary Contests — Facts and Fakes by Victoria Strauss for some sound advice. I’m also adding her very useful website Writers Beware to the Writers Circle Resources list.
Especially with all the new media and print-on-demand opportunities out there, it’s better to approach the business of publishing well informed.