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Is it worth taking part in online poetry contests?

 

Are you surprised coming across numerous online poetry contests? Does this make you wonder whether it is worth investing your time taking part in these contests? Should you take part in these contests or not? These are some of the questions you are likely to have and you are not alone, there are hundreds of people who are interested in finding the answers to these questions.  

It is not as easy or as simple as you think to answer these questions. There are numerous factors that come into play. You could be really excited to notice that there are countless websites where you could submit your work but the question is finding platforms that would really matter because not all online poetry contests are same. Some of them are passionate about poetry and literature. They run online contests to encourage budding poets and to help them get some limelight! At the same time, we cannot ignore the fact that there are some unscrupulous websites that take innocent writers for a ride. When you are asking this question whether it is worth taking part in these contests, you should know about the presence of such websites too. If you are not cautious here, you could end up submitting your work to one of those unscrupulous websites. Do you think submitting your work to such websites would be of any worth? Probably not!  

There are websites that ask you to pay an entry fee to take part in the contest. If you come across such a website, it is best to avoid them. Look for free poetry contests. You will never have problem finding such free contests because at any given point of time numerous contests are running. You should therefore not be forced to take part in paid contests.
 
Enjoy the experience of participating in good contests and stay away from contests that waste your time and talent. There are many worthwhile contests that you could be happy participating, look for such contests. Before participating or enrolling for such contests try to understand fully the contest rules so that you do not make the whole process not worth the effort because of your carelessness or your oversights. Look for trustworthy websites and popular contests so that you could be proud of being part of those contests. Yes of course winning or losing is not the most important aspect of taking part in the contest but the whole process of going through that experience is what will stay with you for long and shape you.  

Start looking for free contests and also take into account the credentials of the contest sites. Check whether there are any strings attached and whether the contest is really free. Never share any personal information other than your name and basic contact information. If you are asked for your bank details, then you should know that there is something fishy here. Staying safe is more important than participating in the contests.

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