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Friday, 4 September 2015

Inkitt Writing Contest - Too Good to be True?

This week we received what at first glance appeared to be yet another piece of spammy junk email trying to squeeze money, promotion or precious original works out of star-struck writers the world over.

This one promoted a 'Hidden Gems' contest by one outfit named Inkitt, the details of which are visible here:


The concept seems to be based on a site we were members of a few years ago which seemed to be based around other users' votes on unpublished online works, and which we soon quit when it became obvious it was nothing more than a popularity contest that involved sycophancy, soliciting and trolling in roughly equal measure (can't remember the name of the site, though if memory serves, it had 'authors' or 'writers' in its name?).

We're not very impressed, to be honest, with the Inkitt website or the terms of the deal. Has anybody else had experience of this one? Have to say, alarm bells started to ring when a later part of the email requested re-posting and re-tweeting of the contest, so it may just come down to being part of a big fat publicity stunt.

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