Stay away from contests. They are scams, and ways for the people involve to make money of you as they exploit your efforts. If you really want to be involve, then go to the contest to Network and Market yourself. Don’t be scammed.
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! You’ve won, and all expense charged chance to pay for something you didn’t want, need or care about!! YOU’VE BEEN SCAMMED!!!.. There are several examples of this I could show you, or even give to you. For that mater we could do it to you if we wanted to, but we won’t. However, if you just send us $5 we can make sure it never ever happens to you again… Unless you are a slow learner in which case send us $10.
Seriously though, contests are frequently ways to get you to spend money when you shouldn’t really need to do so. For example, you could have been selected to be put in a book for some form of work like a photo, song, art and then you have to pay for the book or whatever for it to be put in… SCAM. You could Be invited to come compete in a local event, say open Mic night for a small fee. Ya come perform on an open mic for some money that’s a good plan… wait.. NO! ITS A SCAM!
On the flips side when they have things going on that seem like scams, you can still go. Just keep your trap shut because you are there at the dear little scam artists suffering. They can kick you and then you get nothing. Staying though gets you a chance to network with people who could really use some sage advice from someone. They need to make some new friends since the guy who got them there is definitely not a friend.
Keep on the look out, pay to play, bringers, and many many more are just ways that you get taken advantage of. Poetry contests where everyone is a semi finalist, cutest pet, cutest kid, free head-shots, time shares.. the list goes on and on and on… Oh and Be quick about the $5 would you.