The Great Southern Book Scam

BREVITY's Nonfiction Blog

Anacin1An important warning from author Constance Adler over at Blackbird.  While there are many legitimate contests out there, not all of them are above board, and research is needed. Here is what happened after Adler learned her memoir, My Bayou: New Orleans through the Eyes of a Lover, was a finalist for a prize from The Great Southeast Book Festival:

I went back to the Great Southeast Book Festival website to look again, this time with my shit-detector activated. I found nothing under the link for past winners. Hmm. Also there was no information on the judges or judging process, yet the criteria for submission were wide open to all books in any genre, any format, self-published or unpublished, without limits on region, subject or publication date. More hmm. The deadline for submission was March 1, 2013; my publisher received notification of my prize on March 6…

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